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Old 10-24-2006, 04:10 PM   #1
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Tire Pressure

I was responding to another post in the "How To" section and thought it might not be a bad idea to bring the subject up here in the General Forum.

Right now, especially with the wide ranging changes in temp, your tire pressure may be low. I'd recommend checking it weekly this time of year, using a good quality gauge.
The gauge needn't be expensive, a good pencil gauge will do, as long as it is within 1 or 2% accuracy. (FWIW, most Autozone, Walmart, etc. gauges aren't that great)
For most sportbikes I'd recommend 36 psi. front and 34-36 psi. rear, cold pressures for street use.

If you have a gauge and are not sure if it's accurate, you can bring it by the shop and we can check it for you, no charge.
Or, if you're at the track, most of the tire vendors there also have a calibrated gauge to check it with as well.

Last but not least, if you've got the cool "tireflies" on your valve stems, I'd recommend removing them and installing regular caps.
I've seen more than one pull the valve stem out at high speed.
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Old 10-24-2006, 04:11 PM   #2
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And for the temp fluctuation at the track?

29 - 31 still?
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It will really depend on tire choice and track temp. Typical rule of thumb though is to lower the pressure a pound or two from normal when it's really cold at the track.
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awww man, not the cool "tireflies"............ I just got some at Wal-Mart and haven't even put em on yet
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Tire pressure at the track will depend on track conditions & the tires you have. Certain brands and compounds might require some tweeking, but Patrick's recomendation will certainly get you in the ball park.

On the tire flies, The threat of the valve stem coming out is very real. I have seen many "close calls". Literally less than 1/16" & the stem would have pulled out. scary..

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