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Old 01-04-2013, 04:35 AM   #1
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Exclamation Check Your Tire Pressure!

Everyday I see bikes that have low tire pressure. When I ask the rider when's the last time they checked it most cannot remember.

Because motorcycle tires hold a much smaller volume of air than car tires, bike tires are more sensitive to volume loss and temperature changes.

Especially right now with the temps moving 20-30 degrees a day, pressures can vary 4-5 psi. or more.

Check your tires at least every 2 weeks, and set them cold.
For most street sportbike riders 36 front and 34 rear or 36 front and rear are good pressures.

If in doubt, consult your owners manual.

Proper tire pressures mean longer tire life and better handling.
Get yourself a good quality pencil gauge. Not the .99 cent one from Walmart, but a $5-6 one from an auto parts store or bike shop.
Make sure it has an accuracy range within 1-2%.

One last thing to consider is because both your tires and the road is colder you will have less available traction.
Ride safe.
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Check your pressure before you ride. If you don't have an air compressor a standard bicycle pump works just fine.

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I use a digital pressure guage that is also backlit and carry the tiny electric air compressor from Aerostich. Both stay in my tankbag.
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I check mine weekly (and more when the temps change) and on my VFR800 I've see the 5 pound drop in pressure when a big front comes through. And that's with a motorcycle that sits in a garage!

Book pressures on the VFR are 36/42 front/rear but as Patrick knows the VFR is a LOT heavier than a typical sport bike and I have full luggage that always has something in it. I normally run what MOM says until it gets cold I drop a pound or 2 out of front and rear. If I haven't learned anything else from track riding, being able to feel my available traction better keeps me in tune with my tire pressures, and the last few days you can really feel the effects of the cold.
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My bike is on stands and hasn't been riden much but I'm still checking the pressures when I go out to let it run. Good practice for sure.

We get a lot of people ride into here with low pressure as well. It's scarty they have the same answers and sometimes they say "oh the tech checked it last visit." (MONTHS AGO)
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Everyday I see bikes that have low tire pressure. When I ask the rider when's the last time they checked it most cannot remember.

Because motorcycle tires hold a much smaller volume of air than car tires, bike tires are more sensitive to volume loss and temperature changes.

Especially right now with the temps moving 20-30 degrees a day, pressures can vary 4-5 psi. or more.

Check your tires at least every 2 weeks, and set them cold.
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If in doubt, consult your owners manual.

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Get yourself a good quality pencil gauge. Not the .99 cent one from Walmart, but a $5-6 one from an auto parts store or bike shop.
Make sure it has an accuracy range within 1-2%.

One last thing to consider is because both your tires and the road is colder you will have less available traction.
Ride safe.

Great information here!
Thanks for sharing.

Not to mention they also have an effect with:

Braking distance - Improperly inflated tires extend stopping distance.
Fuel economy - Under-inflated tires greatly reduce fuel economy.


Had a nail in my front tire the other day and didn't even notice it until I arrived at a friends place. I tried to turn in, and the bike did not want to turn. Sure enough, it had a nail in it and only had 10 psi.
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What do you suggest for those of us who check our tire pressures at the gas station right outside of our neighborhoods?

Honestly, i didnt know that it was "best" to check the tire pressures before warming up the bike.

Is it that bad to go a mile or two up the street and then air the tire up? Thats how i've been doing it for years.

Maybe not the best option but if its all you can do then its better than nothing kinda thing?
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What do you suggest for those of us who check our tire pressures at the gas station right outside of our neighborhoods?

Honestly, i didnt know that it was "best" to check the tire pressures before warming up the bike.

Is it that bad to go a mile or two up the street and then air the tire up? Thats how i've been doing it for years.

Maybe not the best option but if its all you can do then its better than nothing kinda thing?
Use a bicycle pump where you keep your bike
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