Tire air PSI thoughts?


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Tire air PSI thoughts?

Postby Rigger » Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:04 am



OEM says 36 PSI in front. My mechanic unofficially suggests 40 PSI. Met a guy in Cherokee,NC last week (on a trike) who runs 44 PSI... What's good? I'm currently running 40 and like the ride.



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Re: Tire air PSI thoughts?

Postby cbx4evr » Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:01 am

What tire are you running?

I run 42# in an Avon Venom.
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Re: Tire air PSI thoughts?

Postby JerriEric » Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:41 am

I always run 41 & 41. That is what the dealer service people say and so do allot on these forums. Have good luck with that pressure. I got 17k out of my front E3 and 15k out of the rear. They could have gone to 30k but it was in for service and I had them change them out. More than one trip a year to the shop is not a thing I like to do. I put Bridgestones on so I will see how they last. And again, 41 in both front and rear.

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Re: Tire air PSI thoughts?

Postby Rigger » Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:45 am

I just replaced the front with Dunlop D250. Read good things about that tire on this forum. Further I like the tread pattern better than the elite 3. Just back from 1100 mile ride last week on that tire at 40 PSI. Just trying to get the most wear. GL1800 2 up

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Re: Tire air PSI thoughts?

Postby JerriEric » Sun Jul 06, 2014 2:12 pm

I ricde 2up 99% of the time. 41 seems to work although the front tire will wear a 3" patch down the middle. E3's and Bridgestones produce the same wear pattern. I actually go back to 36 psi on the front after about 12,000 miles. Seems to even out the wear pattern for the next 5,000 or so.

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Re: Tire air PSI thoughts?

Postby artgrantz » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:17 am

I run 40 front 44 rear, Bridgestone Excedras. Front tire went 20,000 miles with no cupping and still had 2/32 tread left. Rear lasted 17,000 with very even wear.

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Re: Tire air PSI thoughts?

Postby JerriEric » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:23 am

Wow that is great mileage. I have read on other forums the BS are great gripping but not so much mileage wise. You give me hope. I ride 2up 99% of the time and am not an aggresisve rider so I hope I get mileage somewhere close to what you got.

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Re: Tire air PSI thoughts?

Postby mperes01 » Wed Sep 24, 2014 2:22 pm

I got 20K miles out of my last front tire (Dunlop E 3) running 45psi. I just installed a new Metz and will run it at 45psi to compare. I commute about 100 miles round trip each day on very hot Texas highways. I ran the manufacturer recommended pressure on my first two sets of OEM tires and only managed about 5K before the front tire cupping made the bike unsafe. Regardless of the pressure you prefer, be diligent and check the pressure frequently. The difference of a few pounds can lead to a huge change in tire life.
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Re: Tire air PSI thoughts?

Postby tfdeputydawg » Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:25 pm

Thus we have the reason many complain about the harsh ride of a Wing :roll:
36 is recommended for a reason. Why run such a "hard" front tire :?:

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Re: Tire air PSI thoughts?

Postby JerriEric » Thu Sep 25, 2014 7:19 am

I agree with why such a high PSI? If you want to sacrifice ride for tire longevity then that is your choice. I run 41 front and back and do believe I should go back to 36 front. I run that PSI (41) in front for tire wear. But it does make the tire have that middle strip wear. When I had 15k on my front last time I went back to 36 to see if it would even the wear. I only kept the tire until 17k so I did not see a wear difference.




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