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post #1 of 16 Old 07-12-2019, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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Bike Still pulls to the left. (stock tires)

Old subject I know but I am trying to figure this out. It's now pulling even harder to the left.


I filled my tires to 41PSI ish The GPS and onboard computer says there at 38PSI.



Is a drop in 3PSI a major change for this bike?


I know the manuel says both tires at 41PSI but what is the maximum PSI for the stock tires? I am worried I will over fill them. I am thinking if I put more air the left pull will go away slightly.

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post #2 of 16 Old 07-12-2019, 12:30 AM
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Maximum pressures are embossed on the tyre. The vehicle manufacture quotes their pressures calculated and tested, your air line / tyre pressure tester should give you the best value, the bike just monitors what is reported and we can't adjust that value
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Put enough air in the tires to get the dash reading up to 42 PSI. You asked so this is what I would do. I've explained this to death in other posts.


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Will do and if this doesnt work my next step is to put all my luggage on the right pannier.

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Will do and if this doesnt work my next step is to put all my luggage on the right pannier.
That will help too. My brother and I put our tool kits and other heavy items in the right pannier.


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Old subject I know but I am trying to figure this out. It's now pulling even harder to the left.


I filled my tires to 41PSI ish The GPS and onboard computer says there at 38PSI.



Is a drop in 3PSI a major change for this bike?


I know the manuel says both tires at 41PSI but what is the maximum PSI for the stock tires? I am worried I will over fill them. I am thinking if I put more air the left pull will go away slightly.
Doesn't the manual say 42/42?

I put 42 in mine and the readout says what it says. The pressure increases as the tires warm up. If you do some searching, Arizona Jim has a thread explaining how the system works. It's very informative.

Your not going to get the pull to go away. There's an alignment problem between the power train and the frame/front wheel. New tires won't do it. It will seem like new tires helps but once they get worn in the pull comes back just as before. The best advise I can give you is this.. Either love the bike for what it is and accept the inherent flaw or sell the bike if it's going to bother you. Whatever you do, do it quickly, the faster you move past it the better off you will be.

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Cross-posted from the other thread, as I thought it might help.

My findings are these:

My 17 GT pulled to the left. At 2000 miles I changed the Bridgestone OEM tires for Dunlops RS3. The pull to the left is gone, and hasn't returned in 5500 miles. Bike tracks true and perfectly straight.

I've heard reports of owners changing the tires, the pull to the left disappears and then it shows back, a few thousands of miles later.
One of the assumptions I have for this is that it depends a lot on the time the bike spends stationary, on the side stand. I ride mine daily. Maybe if the bike spends too much time on the side stand, either in a garage or showroom, the constant weight (higher than the average weight of a tourer) on the left side creates some weird changes in the tire(s).
Note, regarding tire pressure: I've played around with a slight variations in tire pressure, and that didn't affect the pull to the left situation.

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Time for a car tire! 6,000 on mine, and she is a dream on the superslab. Hands are optional.
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Time for a car tire! 6,000 on mine, and she is a dream on the superslab. Hands are optional.
Yeah, BMW should offer another model in 2020. The Car Tire option that they advertise ďthe straight running K1600!Ē, and a standard version with a motorcycle tire that you can be sure will PTTL. Imagine the ad campaign!
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My gt had a drift when new, but it never seemed to favor left vs right, it would just sort of wander around. Changed the stock bridgestones and itís now straight as an arrow, and I ride with my hands off the bars a lot, much to the annoyance of my girlfriend. Iíve always wondered if thereís any sort of adjustment possible in the swing arm on these bikes, but Iíve never heard of one

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