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do you set your tire pressure to what is on the sidewall
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max? nope, its a good starting point. then you can adjust it for riding style and preference. also each tire works better at different psi. soem like higher for mileage, and not a lot of aggressive riding, while others want max grip and performance, which typically sacrafices mileage.
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Im pretty sure the sticker on the swingarm calls for 42 rear and 36 front. I usually run 34 front and 36 rear give or take a pound or two. I like the way it feels. But that's just me.
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max? Nope, its a good starting point. Then you can adjust it for riding style and preference. Also each tire works better at different psi. Soem like higher for mileage, and not a lot of aggressive riding, while others want max grip and performance, which typically sacrafices mileage.
.......i usually run a little more air pressure in the rear and it seems to work for me. most call for 42psi i believe but i try to stay around 38 front and 34 rear but that differs from time to time and depending on the weather and tires i'm using.

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ok, they asked me when i changed tires, I never really put much thought into and always ran what was on the sidewall, I knew lower psi would give more grip but never connected the dots that more would give you better mileage
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I think I'm running 35 front and 37 rear.
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frankie, what tires did you get ? what type of riding is typical for you? climate conditions?

my pressures are just above 30 , i run pirelli rosso corsa , i dont use the bike much on the highway or for commuting, mainly curvy backroads on nice sunny days when the road is warm as well.

grip is more important to me than lifespan

measure when cold!

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im pretty sure the sticker on the swingarm calls for 42 rear and 36 front. I usually run 34 front and 36 rear give or take a pound or two. I like the way it feels. But that's just me.
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The "official" and "legal" recommendation is the pressure in the owner's manual or on the tire information label on the vehicle. The upper range is fine for riding in straight lines down the highway while carrying a passenger ...

For track days, you should go with the recommendation of the tire manufacturer for the tire that you are using. It's common for this to be approximately 30 psi front and rear. Some types of rear tires require pressures as low as 23 psi. In some cases this pressure is to be set after the tires are on tire warmers at a specified temperature for a specified time. NOT simple.

For twisty-roads riding, take the tire pressures recommended for track days and add a couple. It will be lower than the owner's book recommends, and that will be lower than the max recommended on the tire sidewall.

I use 32 front / 32 rear with Michelin Pilot Power tires.


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I have q2's, the majority is straight but i like to ride the curves also, i ride the ohio river several times a year, but I usually only get about a mile of good curves on my way back and forth to work
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