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Don't Trust Gas Station Air Gauges

So I left a little early this morning for a unit meeting I had DT because I needed to get gas. Since we have had some recent temperature fluctuations I decided to check my air pressure. Popped open my rear cowl and realized my gauge was with the R6 . No worries, decided to use the air system at the gas station since it has a gauge built in. WOO HOO, Im glad I checked because I was 10psi low on my rear! Filled it up to 34 psi and was on my way... or so I thought. About a mile down the road I throttled hard at a green light because the roads were merging and my bike fish tailed completely sideways! I managed to straighten it out without binning it, stopped at the very next gas station and bought another tire gauge. I was running 44psi in the rear, no wonder I had no traction . The previous stations gauge was broke and was reading 10 high. Moral of this story.. spend the few bucks and always keep your own gauge with you!
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Seriously, I thought everyone knew they were crap.
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Seriously, I thought everyone knew they were crap.
+1. I thought it was common knowledge.

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Apparently I missed that memo. I almost always have my own with me.
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same here, they are ope to public use, get thrown down and run over all day long, its amazing they still dispense air, let alone read a pressure

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+1. I thought it was common knowledge.
I dont think there is anything common about knowledge these days.



That was just a general observation, not a dig at Bluebusa.
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you run 34psi... thatd be really low for me, i run at 42, per the placard on the head tude

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you run 34psi... thatd be really low for me, i run at 42, per the placard on the head tude
What kind of tire are you running????
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avon viper supersport 190 rear

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avon viper supersport 190 rear
DC3's 190 rear. Have always been told to stay around 34/35psi. Even Turn1 set my pressure at 35. Strange. Different tires call for different pressures I suppose.
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id just press on the tire and make a good guess before i ever trusted an air pump gauge.

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DC3's 190 rear. Have always been told to stay around 34/35psi. Even Turn1 set my pressure at 35. Strange. Different tires call for different pressures I suppose.
It is all based on the weight you are carrying. The pressures on the sidewall are for MAX weight, not correct operating pressure. A good street pressure is around 35 for most people and sportbikes.

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DC3's 190 rear. Have always been told to stay around 34/35psi. Even Turn1 set my pressure at 35. Strange. Different tires call for different pressures I suppose.
he said he went off the sticker thats on the bike. mine said (before i pealed it off) like 42 or 44 or something. thas INSANE. mine seem to ride best in the low 30's, 2psi more in front than rear.

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I dont think there is anything common about knowledge these days.



That was just a general observation, not a dig at Bluebusa.
Sorry I didn't mean to make it sound like I was ragging on the kid. I just thought people knew that like they knew bike speedos are off.

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Wait a minute, the bike speedos are off???
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As soon as I asaw the title, that was my exact response.


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It is all based on the weight you are carrying. The pressures on the sidewall are for MAX weight, not correct operating pressure. A good street pressure is around 35 for most people and sportbikes.
I double dare you to chase Jammin thru a set of twisties in a pounding rain, he sets his tire pressure exactly like mine 38 front, 42 rear. The guy is scary fast. If you sport tour or do lots of street riding (commuting) max pressure is the way to go, you get the longest life out of your rubber, and once they are at operating temperature, they stick just as good. On our trip to Colorado last year, Aileen was running 32/34, we hadn't even made Kansas, and her tires were showing accelerated wear, same with Gasguzzler...we bumped pressure to 38/42 and tires lasted the entire 5500 miles, and it didn't affect their riding at all.

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man i guess i should check my tires. i usually just kick the front and back before leaving for a ride. if its stiff its good, or so i thought.

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The c14 calls for 42, both front and rear. It is a heavier bike though. What I did notice with the bt021's that were on, fluctuation made a big difference in handling (the bt021 is a shit tire to begin with, which explains why it's so pressure sensitive). Having the michelin pr2's on for a while now, hardly any noticeable difference between 40 and 42.
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