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Recommended Tire Pressure

Just changed from stock Dunlop to the Metzler 880's.....WOW what a difference. Wish I had done this from day one.

With the Dunlops was running 34 front and 38 rear. Now the dealer had both front and rear at 30.

Any recommendations on solo riding?

I know this is a tire question before I get yelled at and I also did a search but being this is for the Vulcan 900 figure it worked here also.

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I run 41F (stock lop) and 39R (Avon 200). Anything less than 38R the rear gets sloppy on turns.

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Go to Metzeler's web site, and they have suggested pressures for solo, light 2-up and heavey 2-up riding. With those numbers, I chose a mix based on my tires, and run 38 front, 40 back.

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I like to stick to the OEM recommended but now running +1 size so 38 on both.


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Go to Metzeler's web site, and they have suggested pressures for solo, light 2-up and heavey 2-up riding. With those numbers, I chose a mix based on my tires, and run 38 front, 40 back.
+1 on the Metz. I put 5K on a 880 before it was fatally wounded by FOD on the road. It still had a lot of tread left - but I have about the only "zero-burnout" V-Rod on the planet, so my back tires last longer than others do.

I normally shy away from using tire manufacturer's pressure recommendations because they're generated based on TIRE design, and not BIKE design. Our 550-some odd pound VN900s will require different pressure settings than some 1100-lb mastodon that happens to use the same size tire BUT...Metz seems to have thought this out and "recommends" tire pressures based on our bike....from which you can adjust to your riding preferences, body mass, etc...

Metz make a good tire! If you don't do many (*cough!!) burnouts on the VN, then you'll probably get good wear from the tire! ---(if you stay away from roofing nails that is!!)

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Just in case you haven't gotten there yet:

http://www.us.metzelermoto.com/web/p...s/default.page

I'm running 46 rear 40 front. We ride 2 up a lot and together we clock in at 310 lbs.

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Pick up a nail, buy a new tire, and tube

New tire, less then a month old. I found a nail , and the dealer says you can,t patch the tire hole, and replace the tube. I know you sure don,t want a blowout at 70, on a defective tire, I want to be safe, but isn,t this a little extream? anyone have any thoughts?
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New tire, less then a month old. I found a nail , and the dealer says you can,t patch the tire hole, and replace the tube. I know you sure don,t want a blowout at 70, on a defective tire, I want to be safe, but isn,t this a little extream? anyone have any thoughts?
Just replace the tube. A nail hole in a tubed tire isn't a big deal. I know we used to patch our tubes on our bikes when we were kids, but I'd just replace it.

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Just replace the tube. A nail hole in a tubed tire isn't a big deal. I know we used to patch our tubes on our bikes when we were kids, but I'd just replace it.
We went through 10 pages of name calling, ankle-biting, and pontifications about this in another forum. FWIW, I've run for 1,000 miles with a plug installed on a tubeless tire. I didn't die. Since the tire had 5k on it, I just ordered a replacement through e-Bay and replaced it at my leisure. Everybody thinks that if the plug fails you'll have a blowout (and I guess you might...) but usually the air just comes whooshing out the same hole that you had before you plugged it. It's not a good thing to be sure, but your tire is not going to explode if the plug fails - or the patch comes loose. In fact, since the plug usually makes the hole somewhat larger, I'd wager that it would act as a sort of relief valve if the forces of evil and darkness start working on your scoot.
My VN is "blessed" with tubes in the spoked rims. I'm also "blessed" by the fact that street sweepers are a novelty in my area. M/C tires are 200 clams a pop. Given that, I'll probably pull the tire, and install a patch and a new tube when I find my next roofing nail, sheetrock screw, etc... I've never had a patch fail, and the fact that the tube is really what keeps the air in the tire---well, this seems to be a safe enough approach---FOR ME.
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If you do not feel comfortable atop a plugged, patched, slimed, or otherwise sullied tire then somebody out there will be delighted to stick a new one on for you, and you'll both sleep better that night!

Edit: Your dealer is probably just salivating over the prospect of selling and mounting a new tire and tube - or - their insurance company might not let them patch a M/C tire to keep the bed-wetting lawyers at bay. Personally I'm leaning towards the former. You thusly have only 3 options:
1. Pay the pig.
2. Try another stealer or independant shop.
3. Pull the tire yourself and fix it. I haven't tried this out myself (yet) but I'm TOLD that it's not all that difficult a thing to do.

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Thanks for the info. I am thinking a little in the same direction, they give me the safety speech, and I folded, and got another new tire,and tube. The next time the nail bandit catches a ride on my scoot, I will just replace the tube, and patch the tire. Come to think about it , they never gave me my almost new tire back.

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