Tire pressure advice

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Tire pressure advice

Post by sportsfreaked » Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:17 pm

I have the new tire on finally and the psi on the tire is 40 psi. The manual for the 81 gl1100 says front tire pressure at 32 psi. Should I go with what's on the tire at 40psi or the owners manual that says 32 psi? Thanks in advance. Ed

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Re: Tire pressure advice

Post by tallman21 » Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:40 pm

I would go with the manual on this one. 40 psi seems pretty high to me. It will give you a bumpier ride and less grip on the road.

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Re: Tire pressure advice

Post by roadwanderer2 » Thu Mar 26, 2015 5:35 pm

ok, according to the Honda service and repair manual, the tire pressures for the 81 GL1100 is as follows.........cold tire pressure front (up to 200lbs load)@32psi, cold tire pressure rear,(up to 200lbs load)@32psi. cold tire pressure front,(200lbs and up to vehicle capacity load)@32psi, cold tire pressure rear,(200lbs and up to vehicle capacity load)@40psi.

my personal preference for tire pressure is, cold front 38psi, and cold rear at 38psi. don't forget, after the first 3 minutes or the first mile of riding, the tires will be hot and will increase by 4lbs. in a car tire, the only way to get it back to its normal pressure would be to pump the tire up to 40lbs, drop it down to 20lbs, then bring it back up to its normal inflation. I cant say this would be the same for a bike tire and your personal preference to tire pressure would depend on how you ride the way the bike handles and what you feel is a comfortable "cushion" with your tires. again, these are only MY personal preferences.


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Re: Tire pressure advice

Post by RoadRogue » Thu Mar 26, 2015 8:17 pm

When I had my 82Aspy I ran Avon tires 41psi front, 44psi rear. Max air for the tires will make them last longer at the cost of a slightly harsher ride but it will handle better. Lower air pressure means more rolling resistance and therefore more heat in the tire, heat is the enemy, increased rolling resistance means poorer fuel economy. Air is free tires are too expensive.
All tires will heat up and the pressure in them rises as when they do, DO NOT dump air out thinking that you must stay under the maximum inflation pressure with a hot tire. They are engineered to take it. All air pressures should be adjusted with the tires cold.8-)
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Re: Tire pressure advice

Post by dingdong » Fri Mar 27, 2015 7:46 am

Tire compounds are different now as opposed to 30 years ago. I keep mine at the higher pressures. Seems to make for higher mileages and slows cupping. I personally can't tell much if any difference in the ride quality or traction.


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Re: Tire pressure advice

Post by WingAdmin » Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:08 pm

Tire pressures given in the owner's manual are for the tires also specified in the owner's manual.

If you have different tires than specified in the owner's manual (which is a safe bet, being that they haven't been made in many years), you're safe inflating to the pressure specified on the tire - and you will get better performance, wear and mileage as a result, as that's the pressure at which the tires were designed to operate.

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