Just a reminder now that its cold we need to check our tire pressure. Got warmer here this weekend so took out the bike but check the tire pressure first. They were both pretty low. :bikerguy:
Not just for the motorcycles, but our 4 wheel vehicles as well.Just a reminder now that its cold we need to check our tire pressure. Got warmer here this weekend so took out the bike but check the tire pressure first. They were both pretty low. :bikerguy:
I run 36/38 and 38/40 for two up .Edslow; thank you for bringing this forward. I don’t want to hijack your thread but I thought no new thread is necessary.
Tire pressure is one of my curiosities about my first Harley (RKS) to be delivered late January or early February. The owner’s manual says 36 psi front and 40 psi rear. This is the first time I encounter an official recommendation that does not distinguish between solo rider and two-up, or light and full load. IMHO, the contact patch of the tires; especially that of the rear, would change substantially in accordance with load.
Do you guys/gals take this as a general recommendation upon which common sense should be based or, do you think that this means no alteration is recommended as long as the gross vehicle weight is not exceeded?
I would like to benefit from the outcome of their tests but yes, I can experiment on my own. I tend to believe that sidewall stiffness and contact patch area play an important role in the handling of any motorcycle. Both are affected by the pressure in the tires but I get it that this effect may be negligible on a heavy Harley with fat tires, no matter what the load is (within permissible limits)....They don't just dream up the pressures listed in the manual, they do a bit of testing to come up with their recommendations.