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Old 06-14-2010, 12:45 AM   #1
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For these particular tires, what tire pressure do you recommend for everyday, aggressive style riding on the street in this Houston weather?

Also, what do you recommend for long, tour style riding? I would imagine it's different. I was wondering if anyone has these tires, and what pressure you like them at.

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Old 06-14-2010, 05:05 AM   #3
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I think that you’ll really like the BT016. For aggressive riding, you could drop the pressure down to around 33psi front and rear to let them work more. You should be sure to re-inflate to the placard pressures for everyday riding/commuting.

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Old 06-14-2010, 06:08 AM   #4
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With aggressive riding, If you can corner really well, try 26 Rear, 28 or 29 front.

Make a long, aggressive run, then check the temp as soon as you stop. you should be about 28 rear 30 to 31 front. But thats more track pressures.
That's exactly right. Those are track pressures.


For aggressive street riding, make them ~34 34 cold.

If you use too low of pressures, you will just end up wit cupped tires.
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Lol Bevo, perfect.

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i have a BT-021 rear and BT016 front on my gsxr600 great for track and street. ive had one track day on them and loved them.

they are dual compound in the rear so center is hard and the sides are softer. prob have 3k on the rear tire now and no sign of wear and i mean non!!!. the fronts have 2k or so and also no wear. great set up and very sticky in the twisties!!!

i run 36psi front and 38 rear psi on the street (most of the time 36 front and rear)
27 psi front and 29 psi rear at the track! i could prob go a bit lower to get it more sticky thinking 26 ,27
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I've run BT-016 front and rear for 1000+ miles street, plus one track day at TWS (Texas World Speedway) and they still look pretty new. TWS (Texas World Speedway) is harsh on tires too. As far as pressure, pm JohnSCRC. He's the resident Bridgestone expert.

From what I remember, 36 36 is what I've been told about street pressure. Now that has gone for Mich. Pilot Powers, Bridgestone BT002rs/BT003rs, and now BT016...so I'd start there, but you can always adjust to what you feel (emphasis on feel) is best. I would not go below 30 30 at a base minimum unless you are on the track.

Patrick with Motorcycles Unlimited could also shed some more experience light on the subject as well.
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Yeah, we'll see. I need to get my suspension set up tomorrow which I'll do because for now the front tire hops around a lot instead of absorbing bumps. Likewise when I try to come to a fast stop, the front wheel actually skips.

Thanks again for the tips.
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