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Why the big psi difference??

I have been advised that 32F/36R is the recommended psi for my Pilot 2's, but this R6 site have got much higher pressures, is this because it's heavier or because it's a racing bike??
( I don't think it would be heavier, & I know it's a street/sports bike)
http://www.r6-forum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=143789

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And here on the Brit V site l find someone says that Michelin recommend
34F & 36R........
http://www.versys.co.uk/index.php/topic,1682.10.html
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I normally run 36psi front and 38psi rear on my PR3's but if i check them and their at 34F & 36R i just leave them alone.

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I believe the book under the seat, has some suggested presures in it. I like to run my tires just a little lower for better traction and smoother ride. But the down side is less mpg and your tires wear out quicker. Also if you go too low in summer your tire could heat up and blow out.

I'm talking just a few psi lower and ride is fantastic!

More lbs more air . . . to the max limit.

As far as the R6 those are different tires. I think?





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A black art. Pressure on the ZX-10R on Pilot Powers 37/38 for the street. On the track closer to 30/30. Tire pressure increases when the tires get hot. Tires get hotter on the track than they do on the street and the pressure goes up more. Rule of thumb to air down slightly for agressive riding.
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32F/36R all the while and dont see a problem on Bridestone tire.
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I have been advised that 32F/36R is the recommended psi for my Pilot 2's, but this R6 site have got much higher pressures, is this because it's heavier or because it's a racing bike??
( I don't think it would be heavier, & I know it's a street/sports bike)
http://www.r6-forum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=143789

Kawasaki recommends 32/36 in the owners manual for default pressures. Michelin recommends 33/36 on their website for the Pilot 2 and 3 when mounted on the Versys 650.
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I've got PR3s on my V. 32F/36R has been working just fine for me.

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Kawasaki recommends 32/36 in the owners manual for default pressures. Michelin recommends 33/36 on their website for the Pilot 2 and 3 when mounted on the Versys 650.
OK, this one looks like the best compromise between everyone's differing answers, so l'll go with 33/36...............

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How accurate is your pressure gauge. I have three pressure gauges, all trade quality and one ( the best one) is 2lb lower. Kawasaki and Michelin engineers should have accurate gauges, how would the cheaper gauges compare.
32 or 33 lb you wouldn't notice the difference. Kawasaki arrived at 32/36 through the tyre manufactures recommendations and their own bike setup evaluation to suit an average rider with an average load. Unless you are a 'refined" rider and can feel the difference in the bike with pressure variations, i would keep to manufactures spec. It would be a good idea to test your pressure gauge and see if it is accurate.
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Most tire manufactures list tire or tyre (for you Brits ) pressures on their web sites specific to a tire model used on a specified motorcycle model. It is easy to feel a 2psi difference in tire pressure in it's effect on handling. I would imagine if you are loading the back of the bike down with a passenger or 100lbs of luggage you could add 2 psi to the rear tire recommended pressure.

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Have the same sized front bt023 on both the versys and ninja 1000 but rum the v at the original stock tyre pressure of 32 and ninja runs 36 on front but maybe it would be wise to find out what bridgstone recommend on the different bikes
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would say 32/36 are the baseline pressures. Play around the pressure to see which suits you riding and conditions.

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Dunno how accurate the tyre gauge is Kiwi, but I did a gentle ride on my new Pilot rear & it felt 50% better than the old one that was squared off badly
( by previous 300lb rider/owner!) so I'm happy with the feel of it with 33F/36R & my rear shocker set 2 notches from fully firm. (the front is at the factory setting)
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would say 32/36 are the baseline pressures. Play around the pressure to see which suits you riding and conditions.
The base line pressure for the ninja on stock is 36 f 42 r, and as said before the front tyres are same size/make on both fronts, the ninja rear is a 190 width not 160 like the v
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