Harley gives (or used to anyway), a tire pressure for fully loaded 2-up, or single rider. Makes sense to me that there isn’t a one size, fits all pressure
I've posted this before. Any angle, anytime. No struggles.Coyotek: "These TPMs have a mandated accuracy. They are more accurate than most riders Wmart tire gauge. One of my past posts was of the EU standard. It's pretty tight, 2psi IIRC..."
Keith, I start off using a Milton inflator (that looks and feel like a nice piece of gear and claims +/- .05% accuracy). Then, from time to time, I double-check it with an Accutire (recommended by MCN) and finally a stick/pencil gauge for grins (that's about the best I can do from my layman's garage). Generally, with a good crisp seal, these three will be within a pound of each other at my 42 psi target, but when I check the TPM I find it is usually a good 2-3 lbs lighter than the average of the other three systems. I don't know what to make of it except maybe it's out of spec/calibration, in need of -- ouch! -- replacement.
For riding purposes, as a routine, I rely on the Milton inflator the first morning of a ride, then use the Accutire each morning thereafter. And as for the TPM, I check it straight away to get a baseline value and use that to alert me to any material changes that might take place during the day's ride.
Checkin tire pressure...grrrr...GD rotors!:
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I’m running Perelli Angel 2 GT and I keep them around 46. I have 17K on these tires.I noticed the manufacturer suggest over 40psi...I can only assume that would be for a fully loaded down rig...what pressures are you running?....seems like over 40 is gonna prematurely wear out the tires..thx!
My real world experience is that it doesn't really make a difference, and it's near impossible to maintain an exact PSI. I doubt the tire manufacturer specifies a lower PSI to increase tire wear and thus more tire sales. What matters to me is not to be overinflated. On the K1600, with its suspension, exact tire pressure is lint-picking anyway as the bike compensates nicely. Now on the racing models of each bike manufacturer and challenging conditions on the race track, it matters, but lolly gagging down Main St, it doesn't. We have roads in the US you could ride safely on wooden cart wheels.I certainly understand what the manufacturer recommends...I also know they're in the business of selling tires...I was actually hoping for real world experience with lower pressures and tire wear..thanks for all your input