Join Date: May 2016
Location: Green Bay WI
Year/Make/Model: 2003 Vulcan VN1600 Classic
Color: Pearl Ivory
I agree on tire pressure. On my BMWs I usually run 38 to 40 psi on the front and 42 psi in the rear. It makes a huge difference in running temperature of the tires, even when riding light and solo. I have met many riders on similar sized touring bikes running much lower tire pressures and suffering weird wear and decreased total mileage. Some people claim road crown, tighter right turns, riding in the right lane, heavy braking/downshifting, aggressive riding, etc. My take is low tire pressure and heat buildup is far more impactful on tire wear than anything else. The next factor is suspension that is worn out that has lost all damping capability, which usually happens at about 20,000 miles. Once the damping is gone tire wear, tire cupping, uneven wear. high wear rates become much more common.
On my Vulcan I plan to run 40 psi frt/44 psi rear as long as I can tune the suspension for ride quality.
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