Inflating your tyres

Your motorcycle’s tyre pressure is probably the most important safety and maintenance check you can perform before a ride. Using the correct tyre pressure for your motorcycle, load and riding terrain is essential for a safe and comfortable ride and also has a large influence on the kilometers you will get from your tyres.

Just like with most things, there are more than one way to inflate the tyres of your bike. You can use air cartridges, a hand or foot pump, ride to the nearest service station or of course use a compressor.

We believe it is the easiest, quickest and most effective to use a small compressor which you can use at home or take with on a trip. You can then pop a few of the cartridges in your repair kit for a back-up plan if necessary.

Advantages of a compressor

  • Quick and easy to use
  • The pressure gauge on the compressor is often more reliable for measurements than the gauge at the local service station
  • Makes it slightly easier to get to the valve of the motorcycle
  • Does not need replacing after use, meaning that you can use it as often as you like - helping fellow riders as well
  • Because it is so easy to use, you are more likely to inflate and deflate your tyres more often based on the terrain you are riding (which means that your tyres will last longer), you will use the correct tyre pressure (ensuring a safer more comfortable ride with more confidence)


  • More bulky to pack than air cartridges or a small hand pump
  • Initial cost more than with a hand pump or air cartridges
  • Your family members and friends might want to borrow it for their cars or to take with on trips because it is so convenient. :) Alternatively you might have to buy them their own.

Desert Fox 12V Compressor

The ultimate mini compressor - small, compact and extremely powerful for its size. Tailor-made for tough off-road conditions.


Product Code: MCCOMP Related Pages: Tyre Repair
  • Voltage: DC 12 Volt
  • Dual purpose cigarette/Hella/BMW plug
  • Pressure gauge integrated into hose with Bar and PSI readings
  • Pressure gauge has aluminum fittings, not fragile plastic
  • Die-cast aluminum compressor with direct drive technology
  • Aluminium con rod with a full race bearing (standard pumps tend to have a plastic con rod with no bearings which shortens the lifespan of the pump considerably)
  • Stainless steel valves, with an extremely robust solid construction
  • Designed for long life as well as being fully serviceable with minimal tools – standard pumps cannot be serviced as they are sealed units
  • Integrated on/off switch built into the body of the pump
  • Inflates a deflated BMW R1200GS rear tyre in ±90 seconds to 2 Bar
  • Maximum capacity of 8 Bar
  • Maximum continuous running time 8 minutes
  • Compact size: 16cm (l) X 5cm (w) x 10cm (h)
  • Specifically designed for tough and dusty conditions - The unit is completely sealed against dust
  • The compact size allows for storage under the seat of some bikes or in the tool/numberplate box.
  • Supplied with a zipped and buckled nylon carry bag for complete protection.