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Solo Tyre pressures?

Hi

What pressures are you guys running for street riding with stock tyres ?
Factory spec presures or lower? -- and what is your weight?
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I use manufacturers pressure on the original tyres, I am 15.5 stone with kit on and works fine for me. I did a run between xmas and new year where the tyres were down a few Psi as I dint check them before hand and they didnt feel right for me.
They feel much better at spec pressure especailly the front.

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Manufacturers pressure. I'm about 13 stone. Seems ok to me.
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Redbeard, most of the people I know run about 16 kgs rear. Stock pressures are great for long fast highway travel, but when it comes to the twisties then less gives me a larger contact patch in the corners.

Stock calls for 19 kilos rear and I run 16.3 metric....34 front 36 rear psi US. I'm 210 pounds 6'1"




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32psi front 33psi rear
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You mean I have to check my pressures?
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32 psi front road and track however the rear i change to 36 psi for road and 24 to 26 psi at track depending on the weather .
Track tyre tech has a chart for the various pressures for different brands of tyres people turn up to the track with. and they all vary brand to brand .
The 18 psi that is recommended for the treaded dunlops that are almost as sticky as slicks and need tyre warmers to get them up to hot enough to grip is not going to suit the majority of other brands that require from 24 to 32 psi rear at track.
If you never go near a track then lower than normal helps on road if weather is cold, as gets them hot and sticky. If touring is your gig, go tyre manufacturers recommendations, as usually good for longer mileage. I rode across Australian Nullabor Desert from Perth to Melbourne then Tasmania and back on a new Bridgestone rear back in the early 90's. Did 15000k's on it by the time i got home and it was shot but still ok . I get 900k's from sticky dunlops and 3000ks from sportsmart. Not sure how much riders weight comes into it, I am 80kgs, about 13stone approx, . When touring with everything from tent to cooking gear, i always bump tyres to max recommended to try to get more mileage out of them. Been riding for 46 yrs and the only thing I know for sure is I can still learn something new every day , so best advice is trial and error.I go higher in summer , lower in winter , thats checking them cold, in the morning , you may find at the middle of a days riding in scorching heat that the pressures are crazy high , invest in a tyre gauge , cheers
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36/38 for me , might be a little lower in summer, on track 32/30 in the cold. In summer 30/28.

Seems just the opposite to the chap above. The problem with low pressures on road tyres is that the tyre will deform too much ( and will give even less of a contact patch ) and on the road, even with low pressures the tyres won't heat up enough to need low pressures. And then you get cold tearing etc- pretty horrid.

Bit different at the other side of the world, where the temp will always be higher than in blighty.

I know someone who won a club race on 50 psi tyres when he could ride, bit didn't know anything. It's all in your heads guys!!
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Bob I agree with you that the tire deforms too much if you use to little air. I don't find 36/38 or 34/36 too little. It's just a few pounds under OEM. It also helps in smoothing out the chatter with bumpy roads through the curves. It's all a matter of preference though. On the street, we ride whatever works best for us and our riding style. Everyone is different.




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I had my suspension set up and the guy dropped pressure to 31F and 29R I was dubious but once I took bike out I could notice the difference so have modified it and am happy with it, as was said above a lot of it is in your head, hence we all use diff tyres etc, lots of people rave about Pirelli's but I hate them, again it's down to what makes us feel comfortable to ride how we like to ride.
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