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Tire Pressure

Postby nvrpc » Sun Jun 27, 2010 5:19 pm



I soon will own a new 2010 1800 goldwing and want to know what the recommened tire pressure is to be for the front and rear tire. On the BMW K1200LT I ran 51 psi rear and 49 psi front to get the greatest milage. Anyone know what we are to run on the goldwings?


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Re: Tire Pressure

Postby Fortinbras » Sun Jun 27, 2010 6:48 pm

Good for you. That's got to be a sweet bike. I'm not going to be much help, for I am Fortinbras, Lord of mechanical idiots. However, I find this subject fascinating. I bought a 1500 two years ago. My first street bike. I wanted to learn basic maintenance including checking tire pressure, you know, in case any girls were watching. I had a pair of Dunlop E3's installed and of course didn't trust the installer to have the right pressure in them. So I consulted my owners manual and it told me to run 33 front and 36 rear (under light loads). So that's what I did, and I was religious about it. Fast forword, 23k miles later: While in Salt Lake at the World Superbike races, I met a guy who told me I could put air in my front forks! Man was I excited to hear this. I put six pounds in each. I don't know if it was a placebo effect or what but I was instantly more confident in the corners. Anyhow, on the way back across Nevada, I stopped for fuel in Winnemucka. While riding through town I noticed the front end hopping, and thought; man they've got to fix these roads. But a second thought discovered it was only hopping at about 30mph. My third thought was, puting air in the forks screwed everything up. So I took the air out. My fourth thought was, look at the front tire. It was kind of dark, but I did see some weird things going on. I felt the tire and there were alternating flat spots along the surface. Why they seemed to develope so suddenly I don't know. I made it back just fine and started researching tire pressures. Turned out that 33 is way too low. I read that many riders were running as much as 40psi in front. On the tire it says do not exceed 41. Apparently Dunlop recomends 36/40. I just had the tire replaced and the mechanic says 38/38. I am baffled as to why there doesn't seem to be any science behind this. So many opinions. I guess it's not all that important as long as I'm within reasonable perameters. I'm going to try 38/40 and looking forword to better mileage and a slightly bumpier ride.

Good luck with your new bike and have fun playing with air pressures.
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Re: Tire Pressure

Postby Keyboard » Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:53 pm

For the GL1800 go with 41 front/41 rear.

There's been a lot of debate on tire pressure. However, after 10 years of experience with this bike, many have learned that 41/41 has by far given the best results, regardless of what Honda and/or the tire manufacturer recommends.
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Re: Tire Pressure

Postby nvrpc » Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:02 pm

Thank you very much, sir
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Re: Tire Pressure

Postby gareva1 » Wed Jun 30, 2010 5:35 pm

yep, 41/41 seems to be the better pressure settings for the wing...the book calls for something like 36/38, but honda did that to soften the ride, not giving as much though to tire longevity and cupping...I run 41 on the front (bridgestone) and 32 on the back (dunlop 175/60/16 Run flat car tire), but when I had a matching bridgestone on the back, I was running 41 in it too.
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Re: Tire Pressure

Postby Maverick » Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:54 am

Had a '03 with over 186,000 miles, so I've had quite a few tires, always would get 18,000 to 20,000 miles on them, tire pressure? 41 front, 41 rear. Check with Mike D. at JBJ Cycles and see what he has to say.

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