What the best tire pressure for day in and day out town cruising and weekend canyon carving? The weather just cooled down dramatically here in So Cal. Probobly for the season. Guess I should know this after 20 years. Bike in Question is a 03 1000 Monster.
The correct tire pressure will result in a 10% +/- increase in pressure from before your ride to after your ride. If the increase is greater than 10%, add more air. If the increase is less than 10%, let some out. The manual's recommended settings are a good place to start.
32/32 seems to work for me (short stints around town, lots of canyon riding). My rears typically only last about 1k or so miles (M1s and 208GPs), I will try the Metzeler-recommended 32/36 next to see if I can't get a couple more miles out of the rear...
But I still pump my tires to 30psi
I am 5'11" tall, (not 180cm's)
but I am 100kg's not (i think) 220lbs
I tigten my nuts in foot lb
I ride in kilometers per Hour (regularly above 160)
160klm per hour is still the magic tun!
& my Duc manual is all in Bar, Newton Meters & Milimeters
Boy am I confused!!!
Hey that's a great trick about the +/- 10%, must check it out.
I ride with a couple of Harley boys, 2003 V-Rod & 2003 Electraglide Ultra, (only cause i have to) & it seems there is a lot of variance in Tire pressure.
The Duc agent in Australia told me 30/30, & that's what i run in Metzler 170/70x17 & 120/70x17.
The v-rod has a 180/55x18 on the rear & I think a 120/70x18 on the front & the reccommended tire pressure from Harley is 36 front & 38 rear.
After a long run up the hyway the rear tyre on the Harley is noticably hotter than mine, is their some relationship between Pressure & Temperature in Tyres?
And if so wouldn't it be better to run the higher pressures to get hotter stickier tyres?