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post #1 of 20 Old 06-18-2012, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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Tire air pressure check

Hi guys, new here

Sorry if this thing has been dealt before but somehow I couldn't find an answer..
So my question is how often do you check the pressure in your tires?? Or perhaps there is something that would indicate it's high time one should pump it up a bit ? I'm clueless here as I can't imagine myself checking it every second day
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Hi guys, new here

Sorry if this thing has been dealt before but somehow I couldn't find an answer..
So my question is how often do you check the pressure in your tires?? Or perhaps there is something that would indicate it's high time one should pump it up a bit ? I'm clueless here as I can't imagine myself checking it every second day
Thanks.
Welcome! This probably could go in the generic maintenance forum, but visually, I check them every time before I ride. With a tire gauge, every 2-3 weeks for me. May be overkill, but at the price of rubber, I can't afford to have bad tire wear due to improper inflation.

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tire pressure is kinda important, especially on these two wheeled vehicles. When I am riding all day, I will check them at least once a day, or when conditions change. It only takes a minute......

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I carry a gauge in the trunk so I check them onest in a while. If the bike has been sitting a week or two, I'll check before leaving the garage.
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Usually check mine every 2 months or so. They seem pretty consistent

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OOps, good idea, 6000 km and never checked...:mrgreen:
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Thanks for your replies guys I haven't checked it since I bought it from the new in April / now circa 3000 km / but I guess they checked it on the first service..Better go and do it now
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Pretty much weekly. I lube the chain every other tank of fuel, and check the tires then. I use a bicycle pump. I carry a small Cruz pressure gage all the time.


Especially if you ride early and late in the season, you can get some large ranges. Last time I checked my front I had 26 psi - not too low to be dangerous, but too low to be optimal.

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I check once a week here.


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post #10 of 20 Old 06-20-2012, 03:57 PM
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check your pressure before each ride!!

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Usually check mine every 2 months or so. They seem pretty consistent
Except when they are leaking. You won't be able to tell from a visual check if you are experiencing a slow leak. A loss of 5 psi a day is significant, but you probably wouldn't know it for several days. That's why it's important to pull out the pencil gauge before each ride (while the tires are cold) and check. Not only will you be able to head off disaster, your tires will last a lot longer too, which means more time and money for you. Remember, the loss of traction in one tire is MUCH more significant on a motorcycle than on a car. I read that all new cars have automatic tire pressure monitors. If it's important for a car with four wheels, don't you think it's important (to check tire pressure often) for a motorcycle with only two?
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