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Old 05-20-2010, 03:45 PM   #1
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Tire pressure for a road trip?

I'm going up to Arkansas in a few weeks and was wondering what tire pressure I should run for the ride up there I don't want to wear the tires down just riding up on straight roads. Any suggestions?
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35psi front and rear...
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I'd imagine that if you wanted some good advice you'd have to tell us what tires you're using....right?
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I would think closer to 40.. Like 38. But im guessing
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I would think closer to 40.. Like 38. But im guessing
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the higher pressure means smaller contact patch, reduced wear.
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Run whatever is on the frame or swingarm... If its anything like every other sport bike out there, it will more than likely say 36f/42r

"the higher pressure means smaller contact patch, reduced wear."

edit: It will also cause more "center wear". The more squishy (lower psi) the less wear you will see in the middle (to a certain extent, then it just gets dangerous)
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I'm making a trip to Indy in August, so I've had the bike loaded with gear the last few days mainly to see how it will handle (saddle bags/tail bag/tank bag) all loaded. Running 34 front and rear (BT016's) I noticed the rear is really getting warm after 25-30 miles.....warmer than normal anyway.

Might be a question John or Patrick can answer.......more psi needed or leave them alone?
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less air pressure= higher temperatures of the tire, more wear.

inevitably the tire will wear out in the center. If you need to purchase some straight up touring tires for 150 front/rear do it and save your around town/track tires.
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For long commutes I'd run 38 front & rear, then lower that to 34 front & rear while hitting the twisties in Arkansas. Then put them back to 38 for the drive home.
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I'd go with mfg specification and maybe 2 psi more.
As the temp rise so will the air pressure a little.

don't forget The Bt016 is a multi compound tire harder in the center for the road.
Yes you are going to wear the center a bit but a good Presure will improve your milage and can help resist punctures.
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^^clarification Decent pressure improves gas milage over low pressure
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For long commutes I'd run 38 front & rear, then lower that to 34 front & rear while hitting the twisties in Arkansas. Then put them back to 38 for the drive home.
Thank you sir.

2000+ miles round trip......I expect to ruin a set of tires but I don't want to buy a set on the road somewhere!!
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For long commutes I'd run 38 front & rear, then lower that to 34 front & rear while hitting the twisties in Arkansas. Then put them back to 38 for the drive home.
Thanks, I'm pretty sure I'll be ready for some new rubber when I get home.
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