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We all say we do it, but have you really checked the air in your tires? I kept putting it off and waiting for the right time, and all the other excuses, but I finally pulled out the tire gauge and air compressor and filled them to where they are supposed to be.

WOW!!!!

It was like riding a new bike. Smoother, faster, handled MUCH better, and it was probably safter too!

Don't just say your going to look at them and blow it off. IT MAKES THAT MUCH DIFFERENCE!!!!

Don't ride again until you check them. I was truely happy with the results.
 

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With nearly 20,000 miles on the bike Tejas can feel when the wheels are low just by the way its hitting the bumps. Everytime he "feels" it he checks the tires and sure enough they are low.
 
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So what air pressure do you run your tires at? I know the sticker on the bike frame has recommendations of 33psi front and 36psi rear (or something close to that).
 

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Whoa Cobra!
check your manual, I think it is more like 40psi, the frame markings are wrong!
 

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Checking the air pressure should be at least a weekly ritural, for your safety, comfort, and to increase the life of your tires. Especially this time of the year with drastic temp changes in a short time frame. Just my $.02
 

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I rode around with 10 psi in my back tire for a day or two before I figured out that I had a leak. It was kind of hard to push out of the garage, but she'd hook up regardless of how hard I took off. I got lucky that I didn't have a blow out.
 

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Preacher said:
Whoa Cobra!
check your manual, I think it is more like 40psi, the frame markings are wrong!
Manual says 36 rear, 33 front for 1300 S.
 
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Hey Preacher,

I've been running more in the 36-38psi range, but I will certianly check the manual and see what it recommends AND check my tires more frequently. I'm as guilty as anyone for not checking them on a regular basis.

Thanks for the tip,
 

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I put 44 in the back and 41 in the front on an 1800RS. Rides like a dream!
 

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If I'm not mistaken, forget what it says in the manual or anywhere else, use the pressure that is imprinted on the tire itself by the mfgr. Was an issue with dunnies on the 18s. I run the pressure Metz states on their ME880s, I believe is 40/40, but dont quote me on this, as I'm stateing from memory.
 

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USE THE PRESSURE RECOMMENDED ON THE SIDEWALL OF THE TIRE ITSELF!

I had to replace the stock Dunnies at 8k miles because I followed the sticker on the driveshaft causing my front tire to wear improperly. I replaces the tires and ripped that sticker off! Now I have Metzelers with 5k miles on them and they look nearly new.

If you ride daily, I recommend checking your tires every other day. How long does it take, really? If your bike sits for a week a more at a time you need to check the tire pressure especially when the weather is inconsistent such as spring and fall. Wide temperature swings and barometric changes are the biggest causes of air pressure loss in tires.
 

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I check M ine Almost every day!! Can Not be to Cautious :wink: I also run 41/41
 

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I check mine 4 or 5 times a day, just to be sure. And if it is raining, at least double that. Just to be sure. Just to be sure.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder sucks.
 

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I am guilty X 2. I have had 2 Xs and have never checked the air pressure on either. I have 4400 miles on the bike and the rear stil looks new but the front is showing some wear - probably because the pressure is off. I will check it the next time I ride - thanks guys.
 

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41/41
with 13,716 miles and looks like another 5,000 miles
 
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