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Tire pressure

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So i just got my battleax 16 tires replaced with pilot power 3. Does any know around what psi i should run em on street .
1: freeway rides
2: twisties .
I weight about 230 w gear, on my BT16 i was running
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Re: Tire pressure

Manufacturers recommended pressure is 36 front, 42 rear. It's personal preference really. I run 32,34 front, 36 rear mainly, but on a trip, loaded I go to 36, 42.

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30-34 rear. 32-34 front. These are my guide lines for sport rubber on the street when riding spirited. You weight more than me by 50 lbs so check the tire for heat and wear after a hard push through the canyons. If the pressures are too low you will see abnormal wear and feel excessive heat. The tire will start to wear like an eraser. Balls of rubber pealing off.
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Less pressure means more grip. More pressure means less grip and wear. There is a feel factor to Consider. The front is more sensitive to feel. A heavy front can mean to little pressure and harder to turn in. Play with it in 2 lb increments to find what you like. Michelin pp3 are an improvement over the bt016 in my opinion. Q3 Dunlop blow both out of the water.
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Re: Tire pressure

its true, about the only tire i think might* be better than the q3 is the supercorsa. really just depends on how your riding n where tho. but to answer the question i run my pilot road 3's on my 954 at about 32/33 front and 34/35 rear cold. if i go any higher on the front particularly i start to feel every little pebble under the tire making it slide. at 32 or 33 the tire has a little give and kinda grabs those rocks a bit better. if im riding 2up ill add a couple pounds up front and a few on the back.

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You have to be careful riding two up with not enough air in the rear tire mainly. The extra weight can have a devastating effect on tire wear. I once rode my daughter on the back of my 2008 FJR1300 approx. 40 miles with too low of air pressure in the rear tire( approx. 30 psi). At freeway speeds approx. 75 mph, the tire looked like it was peeled with a cheese grater. Lots of rubber scrubbing off of it. Could have been really bad if I had kept riding; say 50 miles or more. Dangerous situation. Tire pressure should be checked on every ride. At least a good, solid visual and the squeeze test.
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ill agree to that. i never get on my bike without checking pressure at least once a day. just not worth finding out the hard way your tire is way under or over inflated.

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Less pressure means more grip. More pressure means less grip and wear. There is a feel factor to Consider. The front is more sensitive to feel. A heavy front can mean to little pressure and harder to turn in. Play with it in 2 lb increments to find what you like. Michelin pp3 are an improvement over the bt016 in my opinion. Q3 Dunlop blow both out of the water.
I was going to get the Q3 but after talking to riders with them, they said yes great tire but they only last 3-4000 miles. the PP3 can last twice that
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30-34 rear. 32-34 front. These are my guide lines for sport rubber on the street when riding spirited. You weight more than me by 50 lbs so check the tire for heat and wear after a hard push through the canyons. If the pressures are too low you will see abnormal wear and feel excessive heat. The tire will start to wear like an eraser. Balls of rubber pealing off.
i will try 32/34 today and take pic of the tires through out the day and post and get some feedback. Tires is the one thing that I am still trying to understand and how to read a tire as well.
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Manufacturers recommended pressure is 36 front, 42 rear. It's personal preference really. I run 32,34 front, 36 rear mainly, but on a trip, loaded I go to 36, 42.
so for long highway rides or a trip to my mother in laws I should have the pressure around 34/36 . does not need to be low for tons of grip right
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Re: Tire pressure

I have the Q3's on my R1 and I just love how they feel. Best street tire I've ever mounted on my bike. I run the tire pressure at 32/32 street and 30/30 track and I'm very happy with the feel. I have the PP3's on my F3 track bike. I don't get as much feel from those tires like the Q3's but still decent. I run them cold at 34/36 street and 32/34 track. I only did one track day and didn't bring an air pump with me last time so I didn't get a chance to experiment with the pressure. I just researched this very topic a few days ago and most recommended 30/30 track and 32/32 street. Next track day I'll have a pump so I'll be able to play around with the pressure to see which one I like best.
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Agreed, the PP3 will get many more miles than the Q3 if that is what you are after. I would put Q3's on my little Ninja and some other more touring tire on my sport/tour bike. If you ride mostly straight roads the Q3's are going to square off quickly as they are pretty soft. I think the Dunlop rep at the track was telling me to run 32 front and 32 rear on the track. I thought 32/32 was a lot for the track. I think I went with 32 front and 30 rear. Less than 32 front makes the front a bit lazy. Cold pressures. Less pressure in the front also makes the tire wear a bit strange. I was getting a dip just before the very outer edge of the front tire. I think it was from tire flex. I use the entire tire surface on the front and with a bit more air say 32 psi the tire doesn't distort as much and create that dip.
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Re: Tire pressure

Reading tire wear has more to do with suspension set-up. Check out Dave Moss's videos on Youtube. He talks about tire wear and suspension set up. Good info. Good learning. Of course air pressure plays a major role in tire wear.
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