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    [I]wha[s is the best all round tire pressure for stock tires, dealer said the high end of the sticker.
    I know lower is better in the woods & higher on pavement, any suggestions ? , I have no experience with the TW./I]
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    Manual says 18 or 19 psi for a 180 lb rider - adjust as required

    Lower is better for trail work - 12 to 15 psi

    Higher is better for road and speed record attempts - 22 to 25 psi ......
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    For my riding, which varies from commuting to some nasty, muddy trails, and everything in between, I do 10 psi rear, 14 psi front. Stock rear tire, Shinko 244 front. I've done lower in the rear, really enhances off road traction but risks a rim dent or tube pinch, and handles crappy on the road.
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    I run 12.5 in the rear stock tire and 21 in the front Shinko 241. I'm 250# currently with extra gas and tools etc on board and run all conditions from sand, mud and 60mph + a tad on asphalt very often as well as hard cornering on the road. I have run lower pressure in the front, slight improvement off road but takes away from the on road ride to get off road. For me 12.5/21 is A-OK but you may want to knock that down a bit, just depends how hard you push it on road.
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    GUESS I'LL HAVE TO EXPERIMENT, & CHANGE TO CONDITIONS.
    LETTING AIR OUT IS EASY, BUT I DON'T WANT TO CARRY A PUMP!!! (Ha)
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    10-12 in front shinko 241. Mostly rocky, gravelly two track, but some 65 mph on road. !0-12 in stock rear. Don't notice difference with higher psi on road, but do in sand and gravel
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    One way to tackle this is to get a tire gauge, set the pressure at say 16 lbs. for the front tire, take a nail and push in the valve stem and count: one thousand 1, one thousand 2, then recheck. The front tire will lose about 2 psi per second. The rear will lose about 1 psi per second. After a few practice runs, you can get a fair estimate of how many seconds it takes to reduce from 18 to 14, 14 to 12, etc. When you get back to pavement, just give them 5 seconds at the service station and you will be in the ballpark.

    I am comfortable riding home on pavement at 12 front 14 rear, but I understand that gas mileage suffers, so if I can find a station, I will pump them up. Generally, I found that 12/14 reduced mileage to 55 or so, and 18 to 20 got it back up to around 70 mpg.
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    I run 18 front and rear for road riding (Shinko 241 in front) and drop to 12 each for longer off-road rides. I carry a compact bicycle pump to air up when I'm back on pavement and have a longer run to get back home. It's a minor hassle pumping them up but not too big a deal (only ~5 min).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allanb View Post
    10-12 in front shinko 241. Mostly rocky, gravelly two track, but some 65 mph on road. !0-12 in stock rear. Don't notice difference with higher psi on road, but do in sand and gravel
    [IThanks, say ]what kind of sprocket gearing do you have?[/I]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elvesus View Post
    I run 18 front and rear for road riding (Shinko 241 in front) and drop to 12 each for longer off-road rides. I carry a compact bicycle pump to air up when I'm back on pavement and have a longer run to get back home. It's a minor hassle pumping them up but not too big a deal (only ~5 min).
    small pump may way to go, wont take too much room or weight.
    Thanks
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