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Old 12-09-2012, 02:08 PM   #1
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I just checked my tire pressures.... 12LB up front and 14LB in back... Ouch...
Damn lucky something bad didn't happen too... thats pretty low

I just assumed the shop checks it when I had service... I am going with NOPE..

Wow the bike handles so much different at 34 front and 38 back!

Anyone run different pressures than I set mine with great wear and handling results? BTW I have stock Dunlaps...

thanks guys..

Ps check your pressures early and often
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:21 PM   #2
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I run 40 in the front and 41 in the rear tire. The LT handles like it's on rails.
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:41 PM   #3
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No shame to be found my friend when sharing positive or good advice that may help others. It's my own habit to do a walk-around inspection before, at stops during and after every ride just to err on the side of safety.
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:54 PM   #4
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My local shop recommended 38psi front, 42psi in the rear (solo), 44 (2 up). I like the way it handles at these pressures.
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:06 PM   #5
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My local shop recommended 38psi front, 42psi in the rear (solo), 44 (2 up). I like the way it handles at these pressures.
Bosco, thanks... I do... 2 up so I will go with your 38-44.. wow you are so right though at higher pressures it is a whole different bike...

makes me want to drive up to North Georgia for some deals gap curves
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:56 PM   #6
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The dealership is only as good as the mechanic doing the work. That's too bad.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:09 PM   #7
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Zippy you are probably not the only one who assumes tire pressure check is a part of a routine service....but if you just took it in for an oil change and fluid check then they dont go near the tires... it the same with a car....
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:48 PM   #8
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When I test drove my 2009 Classic, I just jumped on it and went. Nearly dumped the bike on the first turn. The front tire either didn't want to turn, but once I got it to turn it wanted to ride right into the ground.

I bought it anyways, figuring there was something amiss with the bike, but hat it was fixable (got a great deal on the bike, so I could not pass it up).

got it it home, off the trailer and checked the tire pressure: 11 on the front and 14 rear! put them both to 38, went for spin - what a difference! Now I run them 38 front 42 rear and it handles like a dream.

Next time I go check out a bike, tire pressure gauge goes with me.

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I just checked my tire pressures.... 12LB up front and 14LB in back... Ouch...
Damn lucky something bad didn't happen too... thats pretty low

I just assumed the shop checks it when I had service... I am going with NOPE..

Wow the bike handles so much different at 34 front and 38 back!

Anyone run different pressures than I set mine with great wear and handling results? BTW I have stock Dunlaps...

thanks guys..

Ps check your pressures early and often
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:13 PM   #9
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makes me want to drive up to North Georgia for some deals gap curves
I have read a lot on Devils gap, and would like to ride it some day.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:19 PM   #10
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You guys must not be riding a lot of decent curves. I can notice a 2-4 lb difference riding the Cascade foothills.
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