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oldwingguy
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PostSubject: Tires and air pressures   Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:11 am

Smile I know I know not again BUT got to wondering no matter what pressure YOU run in your tires do you use the same pressures no matter what the brand? One reason I ask is I've noticed different MAX pressures imprinted on the side walls of same sized tires. One of my cages lists different pressures from front to rear although they are the same tires all the way around.
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PostSubject: Re: Tires and air pressures   Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:12 am

Even the Honda User manual (spec'd for the Bridgestone Hoops) run the front and rear at different PSI's

Front 29, Rear 33 to 36 depending on weight of driver.

I run 29-31 on front and 36 to 38 on rear, I run Pirellis.
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PostSubject: Re: Tires and air pressures   Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:51 am

Based on lots of SilverWing miles-----29 psi cold----rear 33 psi. Max load on side of tire is max load capacity psi of tire.

Note: I noticed Michelin Power Pure SC max load is at 33 PSI----this 33 worked for me.


Too hard=ride not fun. I noticed Suzuki Burgman 400 24 PSI suggested in front----had 2 Burgman 400's, enjoyed softer ride, use same tires as SilverWing as I recall.

Brand of tire makes no difference in PSI for normal running, in my experience---Bridgestone, Pirelli or Michelin----rear adjusted for load.
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PostSubject: Re: Tires and air pressures   Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:55 am

The maximum pressure printed on the sidewall is just that, the maximum safe inflation pressure (ever) for the tire in question. It is in general unrelated to the optimal running pressure, and only VERY rarely--and only if one really knows what they are doing--should tires on any vehicle be inflated to that maximum pressure.

As long as the mounted tires (again on any vehicle) are the recommended size inflate them to the manufacturer's recommended pressures--again with the caveat; unless you know what you are doing.

Why front and rear suggested pressures differ should be obvious; they carry different loads, and on bikes are most often different sizes carrying different loads...


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PostSubject: Re: Tires and air pressures   Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:07 pm

The only time I deviated from recommended pressures(Front 29 rear 33) was when I fitted the tyres I am running on at present Power Pure's front and rear. Front I run at 26psi and rear at 30 psi. after 5,000mls on front and 3,000mls on rear they finally feel "bedded in" and I feel confident riding with them I will NOT be using these tyres again. No
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PostSubject: Re: Tires and air pressures   Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:18 am

OK Old Limey I HAVE to ask this. 5,000 on the front and 3,000 on the back? Is the front tire that much smaller that the miles add up quicker?

OK. OK. I just had to throw this one out there. I couldn't help myself... Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Tires and air pressures   Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:18 am

Nice one Dale, I put the front on at 22,000mls, and the rear at 24,000mls now at 27, 300mls.
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PostSubject: Tire pressures   Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:57 pm

30 front and 35 rear seems to be the best all around way to go unless a HEAVY load is carried and this applies to any make tires I've seen..
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