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Recommended Tire Pressure - Gen 2's With Stock Tire Sizes

I know this question has probably been asked several times before but........... what do you folks with Gen 2's set your tire pressures at? I have mine set at 32 front and 36 rear.

It's interesting because the Clymer manual also states: Pressure @ load 0-215lb is 28 front and 32 rear.

What are they referring to when the say "load"? At 5'4" I obviously don't weight anywhere close to 215lb.

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Looking for pressures on stock tires for street use.

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Re: Recommended Tire Pressure - Gen 2's With Stock Tire Sizes

i think it means that with a passenger weight, including gear, luggage, etc, of up to 215lb, they recommend those pressures. if you weigh less, you still fall within that range. unless youre filled with helium and have negative weight somehow...
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Re: Recommended Tire Pressure - Gen 2's With Stock Tire Sizes

The manual (page 56) says 32F 36R (cold pressure) for our bikes.
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Re: Recommended Tire Pressure - Gen 2's With Stock Tire Sizes

try those pressures on a track or aggressive riding and you'll find out real quick that it's purely lawyer talk. those are max load pressures for the tires, and max load of the tires is not to be exceeded.

want traction? drop your pressure.

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Re: Recommended Tire Pressure - Gen 2's With Stock Tire Sizes

So what do you recommend for street usage?

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try those pressures on a track or aggressive riding and you'll find out real quick that it's purely lawyer talk. those are max load pressures for the tires, and max load of the tires is not to be exceeded.

want traction? drop your pressure.
Try stock tires on a track! I know what you are saying, but you could add to the thread in a more positive manner, like stating what you suggest and why. :P
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try those pressures on a track or aggressive riding and you'll find out real quick that it's purely lawyer talk. those are max load pressures for the tires, and max load of the tires is not to be exceeded.

want traction? drop your pressure.
I do want traction. So if I understand what you are saying then go with 28 front and 32 rear. Right?

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try those pressures on a track or aggressive riding and you'll find out real quick that it's purely lawyer talk. those are max load pressures for the tires, and max load of the tires is not to be exceeded.

want traction? drop your pressure.
Try stock tires on a track! I know what you are saying, but you could add to the thread in a more positive manner, like stating what you suggest and why. :P
I maybe wrong but I don't believe we have many track tire options for the 500R or the gen 1 EX's. I know that FOG on numerous occasions mentioned that he competitively tracked his EX's on stock tires.

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try those pressures on a track or aggressive riding and you'll find out real quick that it's purely lawyer talk. those are max load pressures for the tires, and max load of the tires is not to be exceeded.

want traction? drop your pressure.
Try stock tires on a track! I know what you are saying, but you could add to the thread in a more positive manner, like stating what you suggest and why. :P
I maybe wrong but I don't believe we have many track tire options for the 500R or the gen 1 EX's. I know that FOG on numerous occasions mentioned that he competitively tracked his EX's on stock tires.
So, do you want to know what pressure to use the stock tires on when on the track? Is that the same that you would want for normal street riding? I'm asking.
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Re: Recommended Tire Pressure - Gen 2's With Stock Tire Sizes

I'm looking for the pressures for stock tires on the street.

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Just go with 28 and 32 you'll be fine
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agreed.

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Re: Recommended Tire Pressure - Gen 2's With Stock Tire Sizes

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Just go with 28 and 32 you'll be fine
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agreed.
Thanks.

I'll make the adjustments tonight before I head out on the big ride tomorrow.

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