Stuntman Gets His Kicks Repairing Tyres
Indian motorcycle stuntman and motor mechanic Dashrathi Parichha claims he has developed a device that will prevent motorcyclists becoming stranded with flat tyres. The kit he has developed is small enough to fit inside a motorcycle’s toolbox, and requires no batteries or motor – all the user has to do to make it work is repeatedly kick start his bike.
Central to the device is a one-way valve that is connected to a hose and a meter that indicates the amount of air pumped. In the event of a flat tyre or puncture, the rider must simply remove one of the motorcycle’s spark plugs, attach the device, and then connect the hose to the tyre’s air valve. Once that is done it is time to get kicking – this moves the cycle’s pistons back and forth, pushing air down the hose. Mr. Parichha claims that about 20 to 25 kicks is sufficient to fill a tyre. However he adds that is essential to first cut off the supply of fuel to the engine, otherwise the rider will end up with a tyre filled with a highly flammable liquid.
The device weighs approximately 250g and it would not be expensive, with an estimated retail price for the entire kit being between Rs 150 and 200 (£1.80 – £2.40). Parichha has also formulated a powder that he claims will stop air from leaking out of a punctured tyre, and he is currently seeking a business partner to help him market both items.