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    Default Advice for checking and setting tyre pressures?

    There have been a few tyre-related threads recently, so though I'd add another one to the mix.

    Does anybody have any recommendations for a good combo of devices for both checking tyre pressures and a compressor to adjust them? For home use, obviously. I've realised that I don't trust the gauges at the garages anymore as they sometimes feel too soft or much harder, despite reporting the same pressure. I check pressures every time I fill up, so doing it myself at home feels like the right thing to do. Ideally I'd like the compressor to a have built-in gauge.

    Also, I changed tyres on the NC a while ago from the factory supplied Bridgestone Battle Wings to Michelin Road 5 but am still using the same recommended pressures for the original set, at 2.5 front and 2.9 rear. Should I be setting pressures differently for these tyres? I couldn't find any definitive information anywhere.

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    Trac Mac Paarden Island - http://trac-mac.com/store/slime-comp...wer-sport.html

    Those are the same ratings they gave for the tyres on my YZF-R1
    They are the recommend ones for longevity and grip.
    For riding in the passes I used 2.3 / 2.5 (for track a little less)
    For long distance, straight roads, high speed, 2.6 / 3.0

    It's the principal of a hard tyre has less movement/friction
    less friction is less heat
    less heat is less wear.
    and that works both ways.

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    I've looked at that particular compressor before and I like the idea of it being easily carried around.

    Thanks for the info on the tyre pressures too. Whenever I take my bike in for a service it usually comes out with the tyres a bit harder than those values, but I always forget to ask what they set it to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Az- View Post
    Trac Mac Paarden Island - http://trac-mac.com/store/slime-comp...wer-sport.html

    Those are the same ratings they gave for the tyres on my YZF-R1
    They are the recommend ones for longevity and grip.
    For riding in the passes I used 2.3 / 2.5 (for track a little less)
    For long distance, straight roads, high speed, 2.6 / 3.0

    It's the principal of a hard tyre has less movement/friction
    less friction is less heat
    less heat is less wear.
    and that works both ways.
    Az, how accurate do you find its gauge?

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    It's not bad, infinitely better than a petrol station.

    I use one of these to check - Name:  Michelin-Pressure-Gauge-12278.jpg
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    Yeah. Petrol stations are a no-no. I also use a separate electronic gauge to check since my compressor's gauge is as accurate as a garage's!

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    After my pressure issue weekend what unit would you all recommend as an electronic tyre pressure gauge and what purchase cost and who supplies them.
    Preferably ones that go up to 8bar too.
    All my posts are my opinion and not those of TB or TB Marshals or any other sane human

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    Sorry Oom Bro, I have no idea what make mine is. Got it from Takealot sometime ago. It goes to 10 Bar.

    https://www.takealot.com/digital-tyr...B&gclsrc=aw.ds

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMZ View Post
    Sorry Oom Bro, I have no idea what make mine is. Got it from Takealot sometime ago. It goes to 10 Bar.

    https://www.takealot.com/digital-tyr...B&gclsrc=aw.ds
    Looks good enough to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Az- View Post
    Looks good enough to me.


    First measure for me is consistency. I can live with it if out by 0.2, as long as it is always out by 0.2. I have checked the gauge at the garage in town. You can take a reading, disconnect from valve, reconnect and get a reading that differs by as much as 0.5.

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    So sad

    My bike tells me what pressure the tyres are
    Spent my therapy money on a K1200S
    Therapy must have worked, bought a GS
    Insanity crept back in, in the shape of an R1200R

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