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Monday, 24 November 2014 00:00

Chicago Pneumatic Displays Motorcycle Air Compressor at SEMA

From left: Scott Barlowe (Patriot Marketing), Dan Little (Patriot Marketing), Rob Little (Patriot Marketing), Ellen Steck (President CP Compressors North America), Eric Bigham (Patriot Marketing)


In addition to displaying a wide range of automotive compressors during SEMA, Chicago Pneumatic unveiled a special addition to their booth - the Patriot MOTOCOMP.

The Patriot MOTOCOMP is a custom motorcycle frame outfitted with a fully operational variable speed driven piston air compressor. Created for SEMA, it was a joint project between Chicago Pneumatic and Patriot Marketing and built by Eric Bigham of Patriot Customs, located in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Bigham said it took 120 hours to build.

“I've always drag-raced and built cars. I've definitely never made an air compressor out of a motorcycle,” he said. “It pushed my thinking ability to its capacity.”

He said the biggest challenge was in the details of the project, which comprised of finding the parts to put it all together and trying to keep it an air compressor but make it look like a motorcycle. He said that eventually he would like to make one that actually rides. Ellen Steck, President of Chicago Pneumatic, said it was a great opportunity to talk about a compressed air system.

"It has been a wonderful educational piece for people who aren't industry experts, who do use compressed air, and so we can more easily showcase and highlight what happens and how the pump and the motor are connected and how the variable speed drive functions."

She said many people were so intrigued they wanted to purchase it. "We were able to use this as a demonstration in a bit of an educational mode because so much of it is exposed."

In place of the speedometer and tachometer display, the gauges read the air pressure and oil temperature of the air compressor. Baldor Electric Company, which specializes in the design and manufacture of industrial electric motors, donated a 5 HP Baldor motor and ABB, a leader in power and automation technologies, provided the variable speed drive to the MOTOCOMP project.

“Our automotive customers love cool, custom vehicles,” said Rob Little, owner of Patriot Marketing. “The Patriot MOTOCOMP is a visual representation of Chicago Pneumatic’s dedication to designing innovative, high-quality compressors for the automotive industry.”

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