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What's the best tire pressure for all around riding?

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What's the best tire pressure

That is honestly a question of preference and varies based on conditions.

For the track I start with a cold tire pressure of about 29f 27r (depending on track temperature and tire) For the street I was closer to 35/35.

Each tire handles a little differently too...so you have to adjust based on brand too.

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I have michelin pilots 120 70 f 190 50 r

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Look at your manual or the sticker on the side of the bike.

Its a feel thing, if you ride fast, you may not want to inflate to OEM specifications. If you ride like you own a '04, then by all means, use the OEM settings.



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Look at your manual or the sticker on the side of the bike.



Its a feel thing, if you ride fast, you may not want to inflate to OEM specifications. If you ride like you own a Slow 03, then by all means, use the OEM settings.

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Careful with OEM specs as those are "max" inflation numbers (and two up I believe) and give you zero flex on the tire.

I would stay mid 30's for road riding 32-35)...but again it is a matter of preference.

From what I've recently been told (no research yet)...Michelin and Pirelli's run a softer compound. Bridgestone and Dunlop run a harder compound. Not sure how that translates into direct numbers...but basically I assume 30psi would effect each brand slightly differently.

Trial and error...and remember to use cold pressures.

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For a Q2 or comprable sport tire on the street - I run 30f 28r cold. Gets great grip and works out to abuot 34 -36 each once good and warm.

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Dunlop D212 31 front 15 rear cold
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Dunlop D212 31 front 15 rear cold

Crazy...had no clue that some tires go so low in the rear. Just looked it up on their site though...and recommended cold tire is 1bar (approximately 15psi).

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