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OK, I know, checking a motorcycle’s tire pressure is super easy. All you do is take out your handy tire gauge and apply it correctly to the wheel’s valve stem. Well, yes…and no. Tire manufacturers recommend that you check your bike’s air pressure when the rubber is cold – meaning at ambient temperature. If you’ve ridden your bike in the last few hours or have parked it in the sun, where the tires can absorb heat, the pressure will read artificially high.

Yes, we know that racers often check tire pressure immediately after they leave the track, but they’re actually using the pressure rise they’re getting out of their tire as a barometer for estimating the tire’s temperature and whether they’re leaving potential traction on the table.

Street riders have different needs. First, the air pressure helps the tire carcass maintain the proper profile, making for predictable handling in the varied environments encountered out in the real world. Second, proper air pressure helps keep the tires from overheating and cooking the life out of the rubber compounds. (A quick FYI, race bikes typically run lower tire pressures than street tires.) Third, your bike will get better gas mileage and longer tire life with proper inflation. Finally, both over- and under-inflated tires are more prone to failure than those using the correct air pressure.

So, before you ride your bike, check the tires’ pressure with an accurate gauge. Also, if you need to move your bike to get the valve stem to an easier place to use the gauge, take advantage of the movement to examine the tire’s tread for any sharp pokie things (a technical term) that could – or may have already – cause(ed) a leak. If it turns out that your tires do need air, an inexpensive bicycle pump can take care of upping the pressure a couple pounds without you even breaking a sweat.
Read more about How To Properly Check Your Motorcycle’s Tire Pressure at Motorcycle.com.
 

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I {Heart} Hookers.
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How to check tire pressure.................:eek-surprise
 

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Wayward Son
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That`s news(?).
 

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I lowered my air by 10 lbs each. My bike is 20 lbs lighter now. It's so much faster.
 

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Just kick it, foot bounce's back it has air, doesn't bounce back it's flat.
 

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Says nothing about what to actually inflate them to.

The proper way is to take the bike to a truck stop that has a scale and weigh the front and rear while balancing with your rear on the bike (touch a toe just enough to balance). If you ride with your girlfriend or wife a lot drag her ass with you and keep her butt and feet on the bike when you weigh it. Then knowing the actual weight on the front and rear tire when riding, you can look up the recommended tire pressure on the manufacturer's inflation chart for each tire. Then inflate each tire to the proper pressure when the tire is at ambient temperature. Typical charge at a truck stop to weigh it is $10. You should only need to do it once unless you change to different model tires or get a divorce and/or get a skinnier or fatter girlfriend.
 

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uuhhhh.....does this apply to cars too?
 

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Y'all have air in your tires? No wonder mine rides so rough. Dammit!
 

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Helpful Hint : Don't put Honda Air in your Harley Tires . :wink
The ramifications of this action would sque the time continuum.....
 

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It doesn't mention the Ideal Gas Law, the effects from barometric pressure on an inflatable objector the pull of the moons gravity...... the article is incomplete.
 

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I lowered my air by 10 lbs each. My bike is 20 lbs lighter now. It's so much faster.
I tried helium once. But the bike was so light I couldn't stay on the road when I hit a bump.
 

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I tried helium once. But the bike was so light I couldn't stay on the road when I hit a bump.
Makes burnouts soooooo much easier though.


Ever notice how as "adults", we can revert to third graders in 2.5 seconds, if just given that opportunity?
 
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