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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-21-2016, 07:34 AM Thread Starter
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Another day, another problem

I still have 1000 km to go before I get home and I noticed another problem with my 2015 Voyager. This time its the front tire wearing. It has worn with a large noticeable bump in the middle of the tire. The tire is nowhere in round anymore. The tire is at the correct pressure. I cant have the tire replaced where I am at. I'm having to chance it and ride the bike about 500 more km where I can get a tire if they have one in stock. I'll post a picture if I can get a clear one.
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If by correct pressure you mean what's in the manual, I think that's too low. I run 38 front and 40 rear, never had any wear problems.
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What do you mean by "correct pressure"? If you mean 28 psi (cold), this is where I think the manual is just plain wrong. The kind of wear you are getting is from running with the pressure too low. It causes the tire to fold inward in the middle so that the sides wear faster. That also decreases the stability of the bike. Increase your pressure to at least 32 - 34 to even out the wear more. Go even higher (but no more than the max on the side of the tire - probably 40 psi) to get the center wearing faster than the sides. Looks like you could get well over 500 km out of that tire if you slow the edge wear down. I would be very careful on curves or in rain or especially both together, though.

I think most folks run the front in the 32 - 36 psi range, some even higher.

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Well in that case if the manual is wrong ( I did go by the manual) then I think Kawasaki is going to owe me a new tire. It does say in the Warranty that tires are not covered unless unusual wear.
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Well in that case if the manual is wrong ( I did go by the manual) then I think Kawasaki is going to owe me a new tire. It does say in the Warranty that tires are not covered unless unusual wear.
Have to agree w others ,pressure low,also run mine at 36 ,38,the manual setting is way to,,squishy Imo
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I questioned the service tech when I got my 2012 Voyager when he said 28lbs in front about this, and he said thats what they recommend. I find this hard to accept since my 800 is about 1/2 the weight and that being rear biased with the same size tire. I run mine at 38-40.

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Well in that case if the manual is wrong ( I did go by the manual) then I think Kawasaki is going to owe me a new tire. It does say in the Warranty that tires are not covered unless unusual wear.
I doubt that they will admit that the manual pressure should not be used, but since you followed the manual instructions and have unusual wear, I think you have an argument.
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Looks like low air pressure wear to me also.... I run 32 in the front... and 36 in the rear, but the rear is a car tire otherwise I run 42 in my other scoots.

No chance on getting Kawai to replace them.... if you do you are one lucky fellow....

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I have to agree with everyone else. Low pressure wear. How many miles/kilometers on the tire?

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4200 km but I didn't notice it until the last 1000km
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