Tire temperature and pressure - Kawasaki Versys Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-07-2016, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
Fly-Sig's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Salt Lake City
Posts: 1,156
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tire temperature and pressure

Have you ever checked your tire pressure during a ride? How much did the pressures go up?

Yesterday I checked the tires at room temperature and they were dead on at 33 psi front, 36 psi rear. Then after about 20 miles of paved mountain roads (with sand, gravel and the occasional boulder on the curves just for fun) the front was up to 33.5 psi while the rear was up to 41 psi. The rear rim felt quite warm to the touch, whereas the front felt normal.

These are new Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tires. So far I like them far better than the OEM rubber. They got me up a trail the Dunlops failed at badly last autumn. And they feel more stable on the highway and around town. They don't want to keep leaning in further and further, they just go where they are told to.

Anyhow, just wondering if the temp and pressure increases are normal, as I've never checked pressures during a ride before.

Last edited by Fly-Sig; 06-07-2016 at 05:09 PM.
Fly-Sig is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-07-2016, 05:05 PM
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Reading, Pa
Posts: 741
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
when we were racing I think we got about 3-4lb increase on hot tires. Its been so long I think those #'s are correct.
turn8a is online now  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-07-2016, 06:34 PM
Join Date: May 2016
Location: 50 miles W of Deals Gap
Posts: 99
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
I try for 5 to 10% increase. Isn't always feasible or maybe not best. That's generally putting the tires into pretty warm but not hot range. I have a bike now where I can't get down to that, it's just a heavy machine and works the tires hard. And my VStrom runs on a cold front tire, unless I have it way too soft. But the 10% is a good starting point.
toaster404 is offline  
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-07-2016, 07:08 PM
invader's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Kapuskasing Ontario Canada
Posts: 7,946
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
It is normal. Front tire isn't subject to nearly as much load and propulsion forces... Front tire also gets better air cooling.
invader is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-08-2016, 02:46 AM
MaverickAus's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia
Posts: 2,040
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
I did an 8000 km, 3 week trip through the middle of Australia. Before I left I filled the tyres with nitrogen. During the trip we were doing high speed (130 km/h) heavily loaded, we jumped off and felt the tyres with our hands. From previous experience tyres get hot at high speed, too hot to grab hold of, however with the nitrogen the tyres were warm, not hot.
After 8000 km and 3 weeks I checked the pressures, both tyres had lost 2 lb.
MaverickAus is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Versys Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome