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Old 08-09-2012, 05:04 AM   #1
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Exclamation Tire Inflation Tip

For those of you that don't have a garage or a place to keep an air compressor, a tire pump is a great option for keeping your motorcycle tires properly inflated.

Tire pressure should be checked when the tire is cold (before they have been ridden on).

10 strokes with a pump like this will easily put 1 pound of air in the rear tire of a liter bike.

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Or carry a tire gauge and make a habit of checking on that first stop for gas.
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Or carry a tire gauge and make a habit of checking on that first stop for gas.
Yea, except the tires aren't cold then. Some riders have to get on the highway to get to the nearest station.
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Yea, except the tires aren't cold then. Some riders have to get on the highway to get to the nearest station.
Yep, so learn what hot pressures your bike likes, and adjust accordingly.

I've learned that most SS bikes like around 36 hot.. at least for my style of riding. YRMV.
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Yep, so learn what hot pressures your bike likes, and adjust accordingly.

I've learned that most SS bikes like around 36 hot.. at least for my style of riding. YRMV.
That's fine, but define "hot". Too many variations of a hot tire for me.

I prefer 36 cold front and 42 cold rear, like what two different techs with Bridgestone, and what the placard on the swing arm recommends.
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The trick to using a bicycle pump in the garage is;
A) Don't buy a cheap pump, get a good one from a high end bike shop, not Wal-Mart or Academy.
B) Don't let your tire pressures fall too far (from sitting or leaks, either way) or no matter how good of a pump you buy you will pumping that thing so much you won't want to ride afterwards. A Bevo pointed out, 10 strokes to add 1 psi on what, a 180 sized tire? If your pressure has dropped to maybe 25psi you are looking at 100 pumps, and your arms will be worn out. Check them often!
C) Don't rely on the gauge on the face of the pump. Maybe its close enough to be a good reference but I have seen too many of them be off as much as 5 - 10 psi compared to a pencil gauge. BTW I always use the same pencil gauge so if it is wrong, it is consistently wrong.

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The trick to using a bicycle pump in the garage is;
A) Don't buy a cheap pump, get a good one from a high end bike shop, not Wal-Mart or Academy.
B) Don't let your tire pressures fall too far (from sitting or leaks, either way) or no matter how good of a pump you buy you will pumping that thing so much you won't want to ride afterwards. A Bevo pointed out, 10 strokes to add 1 psi on what, a 180 sized tire? If your pressure has dropped to maybe 25psi you are looking at 100 pumps, and your arms will be worn out. Check them often!
C) Don't rely on the gauge on the face of the pump. Maybe its close enough to be a good reference but I have seen too many of them be off as much as 5 - 10 psi compared to a pencil gauge. BTW I always use the same pencil gauge so if it is wrong, it is consistenly wrong.
+1 on a good gauge. The gauges attached to most pumps usually suck .
You should check tire pressure at least once a week
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That's fine, but define "hot". Too many variations of a hot tire for me.

I prefer 36 cold front and 42 cold rear, like what two different techs with Bridgestone, and what the placard on the swing arm recommends.
True, but 42 cold on my rear would make it spin all the time...



And is 42 the recommended for single or two up MAXGVWR?
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True, but 42 cold on my rear would make it spin all the time...



And is 42 the recommended for single or two up MAXGVWR?
On 1000 and 600 CBRs there is only one recommended tire pressure. 36 front and 42 rear.
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On 1000 and 600 CBRs there is only one recommended tire pressure. 36 front and 42 rear.
If thats the case, it's for max vehicle load. Scrawny like you could lower that a bit I imagine..
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10 strokes with a pump like this will easily put 1 pound of air in the rear tire of a liter bike.
but what about a 600!?
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If thats the case, it's for max vehicle load. Scrawny like you could lower that a bit I imagine..
Pretty sure Honda and Bridgestone assume CBRs usually only carry one rider and not loaded down with a bunch of . Lower pressure makes the tires hotter, but not necessarily stickier. It works for me, it's what is recommended, and that's all that matters.
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but what about a 600!?
Obviously fewer for the rear tire. Use a gauge and see.
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Obviously fewer for the rear tire. Use a gauge and see.
My litre runs a 180/55. Same as most 600s. Now what!?
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My litre runs a 180/55. Same as most 600s. Now what!?
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May be I could loose some weight if I start using my bicycle pump instead of this:
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