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tire pressure c50 ??

my manual says cold tire pressure front 29 rear 36 but bike rides like crap at this pressure and gets 28-32mpg....I put 40 front 44 rear get 45-57mpg ride is awesome whats the deal with factory specs??????makes me wonder what else there wrong about huh?//What pressure is good???
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Re: tire pressure c50 ??

Maybe tire gauge is miscalibrated?
Sounds like you were riding around on flat tires. I run 33 frt and 36 rear on digital guage on a C50T.
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my manual says cold tire pressure front 29 rear 36 but bike rides like crap at this pressure and gets 28-32mpg....I put 40 front 44 rear get 45-57mpg ride is awesome whats the deal with factory specs??????makes me wonder what else there wrong about huh?//What pressure is good???
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After all your posting about mileage tire pressure etc...

I checked mine the front was 16 pounds rear was 39

How the hell did the front get down to 16 psi???
Geez I just checked 'um 4 months ago............................................... .................................................. .....

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Keep an eye on those tires...now can we move on to something else?
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After all your posting about mileage tire pressure etc...

I checked mine the front was 16 pounds rear was 39

How the hell did the front get down 16???
Geez I just checked 'um 4 months ago............................................... .................................................. .....

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As a general rule, the higher the pressure the less the traction. When I am going to be doing along road trip on a supper slab I will run 36 front and 40 rear. Mostly I just follow the manuals pressures.
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I run about 32-33 in the front, 36 in the rear tire. No problems and have saddlebags, windshield, lightbar, luggage rack, and a few other goodies that add to the weight. If you ride 2 up, I would put in more, but for normal 1 person riding, the numbers I listed seem just fine. No handling problems and comfortable ride.

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yeah, as a general rule higher pressure equals smoother ride and better gas mileage due to less friction... but you get a MUCH smaller contact patch and will have a lot less grip/traction..

Lower pressure will give you much better traction at the expense of higher friction which will cause crappy gas mileage and more importantly due to the tubed tires increases the chance of a blow out due to friction between the tube and tire.
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tire pressure

How about those of you with the Pirelli MT 66 tires. Im running both at 40#. I believe thats withing the range given by Pirelli. How about you guys?
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Freebird, how many miles are you getting out of your Pirelli 66's? I had a set of those. I rode mostly 2-up, and kept the standard 29# - 36# in them. They wore more on the left side (probably due to the road angle). The front tire only lasted about 7,000 miles. The back is still on at 11.000 miles, and probably OK for another 1,000 or so.
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