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    Senior Member thumper's Avatar
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    Can anybody out there advise me on what tire pressure I should use with the street tires?

    The service manual shows tire pressures for Knobbie tires (soft sidewalls).

    The 203-204 tires may be a completely different compound.

    I've been running them at 3psi below the cold max listed on the sidewall. (33 psi)

    Problem is, after running 40 miles home tonight on the hwy at 55mph, when I got off the bike,

    the tires were cold to the touch! I'm concerned that if they don't get up to operating temps

    the traction, braking and handling will suffer. And I gotta tell ya, 30 psi is knocking the snot out of me

    on the bumps and tree roots etc.

    Can anyone out there tell me whats an ideal tire pressure for these skins?

    Thanks

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    I am interested in the answer to this question as well.

    I am running mine at 18psi front and 20psi rear and now I am all concerned!

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    Quote Originally Posted by igofar View Post
    ...I've been running them at 3psi below the cold max listed on the sidewall. (33 psi)
    Igo,



    The pressure stamped on the sidewall of the tire (33) is the maximum pressure recommended by the tire manufacturer, not the pressure for your specific bike.



    I would start with the pressure recommended by the TW manual (18-22), then adjust it to your riding preference, and the load you are carrying.



    Tire pressure for off road is usually much less than for on road (15-18 or lower).



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    Quote Originally Posted by jbfla View Post
    Igo,



    The pressure stamped on the sidewall of the tire (33) is the maximum pressure recommended by the tire manufacturer, not the pressure for your specific bike.



    I would start with the pressure recommended by the TW manual (18-22), then adjust it to your riding preference, and the load you are carrying.



    Tire pressure for off road is usually much less than for on road (15-18 or lower).



    jb


    Thanks alot for the suggestion. I went out today with 22 in the front and 25 in the rear. Felt great! no more jolts and teeth rattling bumps. Felt very sure footed on the tar and even better on the gravel roads. I'll have to try the 18 psi the manual suggests for off road. whoooda figured the book would be right

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    I too was getting rattled and checked my pressures. I had 10 psi in the front and about 8 psi in the rear. I still couldn't squeeze the sidewalls any, but I still aired them up to 20 psi each. I know that when I mounted the tires it was 90 degrees outside and now its 65, may have a little to do with it. I use a SCHRADER brand tire gauge that cost $75 thirty years ago. Maybe I need to get a newer one. Anyway, I still want to try a little lower pressures. My tires are warm to the touch after an aggressive ride.

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    I go with 18 front and 24 rear....... Works good on all sorts of roads... I go about 220lbs. OMM.

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