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What a difference six pounds makes
« on: June 18, 2019, 01:48:52 AM »
I just had my stock tires on my 2018 replaced with PR5s in anticipation of my ride out to Colorodo in a about three weeks.  I got 5500 miles out  of the orginal tires, and though they still had life in them, I didn't want to risk putting another 5000 on them, and I wanted something I could trust in the rain.  But my ride home (I went the long way to break the tires in, about 100 miles) sucked.  The tires felt harsh and did not inspire confidence even though I was riding conservatively since they were new.  I loved my PR3s and 4s, but I was regretting these.  Turns out the guy who put them on over inflated the front by five pounds and the rear by seven pounds over the recommended max inflation.  I dropped the pressure to just under 35 front and the rear to 40.  What a delight again!  These are the tires I was hoping for.

What do most of you run your tires at given the recommended max is 36 front and 42 rear?
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Re: What a difference six pounds makes
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2019, 07:56:19 AM »
With just me on the bike and not much gear I run 36 on the front and 39 on the rear. Lovely.
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Re: What a difference six pounds makes
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2019, 08:40:24 AM »
I run my Pirelli Angel ST's at Honda's recommended pressures of 36/42psi, and the bike handles perfectly for me.....12 stone, plus the occasional pound!! (say 170lbs/77kg)   :034:
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Re: What a difference six pounds makes
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2019, 02:17:45 PM »
Shinko 705 33f/36r and loaded 34f/39r. Works for me.

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Re: What a difference six pounds makes
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2019, 02:30:03 PM »
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36/42
I weigh 180lbs (12st 12lbs) (81.65kgs)
I check my tire pressures about every two weeks.
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Re: What a difference six pounds makes
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2019, 03:32:23 PM »
*Originally Posted by Britchris [+]
I check my tire pressures about every two weeks.

That's an important point too - I check my tyre pressures every year...!!  :033:
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Re: What a difference six pounds makes
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2019, 04:02:44 PM »
*Originally Posted by ewryly [+]
I just had my stock tires on my 2018 replaced with PR5s in anticipation of my ride out to Colorodo in a about three weeks.  I got 5500 miles out  of the orginal tires, and though they still had life in them, I didn't want to risk putting another 5000 on them, and I wanted something I could trust in the rain.  But my ride home (I went the long way to break the tires in, about 100 miles) sucked.  The tires felt harsh and did not inspire confidence even though I was riding conservatively since they were new.  I loved my PR3s and 4s, but I was regretting these.  Turns out the guy who put them on over inflated the front by five pounds and the rear by seven pounds over the recommended max inflation.  I dropped the pressure to just under 35 front and the rear to 40.  What a delight again!  These are the tires I was hoping for.

What do most of you run your tires at given the recommended max is 36 front and 42 rear?

Yep...the recommended pressure for Road 5s are too high IMO...on 17" cast rims you can drop a good few psi before they start to feel squidgy and up until that point, they grip like sh#t and feel buttery...32/36 (no luggage)...they warm up OK, but I haven't checked the pressure after a long fast blast...
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Re: What a difference six pounds makes
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2019, 05:07:46 PM »
Dunlop Roadsmart 2s at 36 psi front 42 psi rear. Wonderful cornering and confidence inspiring.

I found the factory front fork setting was too harsh, so I dialed it to 4 "notches" exposed. And then set the rear shock at the #2 slot. Took the edge off.
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