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post #1 of 1 (permalink) Old 09-10-2009, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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Auto-inflating motorcycle tires

Hey guys,

I am a grad student at Stanford University and am working on a really interesting project - a device for motorcycle riders that uses the rotation of your wheels to keep your tires optimally inflated. The devices would also counteract much of the leakage (while riding at about 55mph or above) caused by running over a nail on the highway, although the additional distance you can ride would depend on the severity of the puncture.

There would be two devices per bike, one for each wheel, that you would screw onto the valve stem. Each device is about the size of a $3 stack of quarters. The devices would weigh about 2 oz each, and would come with a counterbalance weight that you would put on the opposite side of the wheel to keep it balanced.

At this point, I kinda feel like I am in a vacuum using only my own knowledge of motorcycles and riding to guide my engineering process, and would like to include alot more people along the way. Would you guys be willing to take a minute to complete a quick survey (surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=wlQspx0tMCk3fG7wgd0ung_3d_3d) and answer some questions related to this device? Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Also, if you have any suggestions, concerns, or anything of the like, feel free to ask here!

Happy riding,

Brandon
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