Tire pressure recommendation

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DanM
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Tire pressure recommendation

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Post by DanM » Mon Sep 27, 2004 1:45 am

After reading one of the threads about 5.00-16 tires, I thought i'd ask how you guys go about tire pressure. I assume the manual written in the 40s-60s were based on nylon casing, or whatever. 17 pounds or so seems too low. I have Avon SM and Coker. The Avons have 32 psi on side wall- it seems too high when ridden. I'm not sure, but it seems that at the higher pressure the bike seems more sensitive to pavement edges, etc.
Right now I'm at about 23 fr and 26 rr. I don't use a trailer or anything, but do ride two up- total weight about 350ish.
As usual- a great site and a lot of good advice!

Dan



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Re: Tire pressure

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Post by Sidecar » Mon Sep 27, 2004 4:42 pm

I'm running around 14 lbs in my Cokers. I rider only. Higher pressures will bounce me off the road !!! I still get a lot of air time anyway......

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Re: Tire pressure

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Post by DuoDave » Tue Sep 28, 2004 2:19 pm

I have my Avon SMs at 20psi. I ride solo and lightly loaded. If I was packing a passenger and gear for a trip, I would go to 24 to 26psi in the back tyre.

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Re: Tire pressure

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Post by VintageTwin » Tue Sep 28, 2004 2:49 pm

5:10 X 16 = 24 lbs. rear, 20 lbs. front.

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Re: Tire pressure

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Post by BigMike » Tue Sep 28, 2004 3:23 pm

I also go with the 24-26 rear, 20-22 front. I had a roadside emergency tire repair done last year in Miami, the guys were proud of their work and I was thrilled to have a euro-shop fix a rear flat so quickly. The beast nearly beat me to death for 5-6 miles so I pulled over and re-checked the TP. 34/34! no wonder it damn near killed me even with a swingarm!

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Re: Tire pressure

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Post by Sidecar » Wed Sep 29, 2004 3:46 pm

You guys must have suspension to run that much pressure !!!!

:-)

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Re: Tire pressure

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Post by VintageTwin » Wed Sep 29, 2004 3:49 pm

I do, but the 5:10 tires take more air than the 5:00.

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