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Old 08-17-2013, 09:18 PM   #1
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Yesterday I noticed my inspection expired last month and I knew my tires were very close to legal tread depth. Stopped at a "nice" shop and sure enough only had 1/32" left. Got new tires and rode home in the rain. Today I double checked the cold tire pressures. Front tire was overinflated by 10lbs according to the label that is clearly visible on the frame.
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I generally over inflate my tires ~4-5lbs to get slightly better mileage. although 10 lbs is a little hi
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On top of it. Also clean, lube, and adjust chain. It takes a couple of seconds to walk around your bike to look for anything out of normal.
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:28 PM   #4
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I generally over inflate my tires ~4-5lbs to get slightly better mileage. although 10 lbs is a little hi
Yea, when it's supposed to have 30lbs, 40 is just a tad much
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For street, and back roads I range between 32, and 36 psi. Follow your manufacturers recommendation though.
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:39 PM   #6
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On top of it. Also clean, lube, and adjust chain. It takes a couple of seconds to walk around your bike to look for anything out of normal.
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A preride walk around is a good habit to get in to. Check pressures, chain, oil, and visually inspect everything else. Last time I walked around the CBR I noticed the rubber grip on the shifter was mia. Wtf... And everybody has the stories of being out riding and someone complaining about their bike not feeling right. Checking the air pressure and having 15psi in the tire. A simple problem that can be avoided if you take a few minutes to just check over your bike.
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:02 PM   #8
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For street, and back roads I range between 32, and 36 psi. Follow your manufacturers recommendation though.
It's 30 pounds for a HD 21-inch bicycle front tire
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LOL the issues with my bike......
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:34 PM   #11
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Yup, owning several Sportsters taught me the value of the pre-ride check. I have found everything from loose handlebar clamps to oil leaks to iggy coils hanging on by the last thread.
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Yesterday I noticed my inspection expired last month and I knew my tires were very close to legal tread depth. Stopped at a "nice" shop and sure enough only had 1/32" left. Got new tires and rode home in the rain. Today I double checked the cold tire pressures. Front tire was overinflated by 10lbs according to the label that is clearly visible on the frame.
Yep, those tall skinny front tire don't like a lot of pressure.

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Yup, owning several Sportsters taught me the value of the pre-ride check. I have found everything from loose handlebar clamps to oil leaks to iggy coils hanging on by the last thread.
The later models with the rubber mounted motors are better, but any v twin vibrates and will have parts loosen up. I used to have to tighten stuff up on my Ducatis all of the time.
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I've spent more on blue loctite than amsoil with 3k oil changes in a year...
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:14 AM   #16
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Checked mine once after I rode home from getting tires. Feed back was not feeling good. Checked pressure. 50 in rear and front
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Dont go off of the frame, go off of the tire.

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I generally over inflate my tires ~4-5lbs to get slightly better mileage. although 10 lbs is a little hi
It might save you some pennies but it's not good for safety. It leaves you very small contact patch, low tire temps and reduced tire wear.

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Dont go off of the frame, go off of the tire.

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1. If you use the factory recommended tire, you go off the frame
2. Tires aren't stamped with recommended pressure, only with max pressure
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