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Tire Pressure?

What tire pressures (cold) are you running at? Front? Rear?

Do your follow the Owner's Manual? Even with replacement tires?

I have Shinko 009 Ravens.... the side wall says 42psi max (cold).

Owner's Manual is quite a bit less. I ran the stock tires (Dunlops) per manual recommendations but I'm not sure about pressures for the Shinko replacement tires.

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Dont know about you all, but for me here in the tropics, I pump 33 front and 36 rear ( Psi ). I am still using the stock Dunlop Sportmax tyres.
If ever I pump air, I always do it in the morning when the tyre is cool and the air is not expanded from the heat.
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On the advice of the mechanic when I picked up my new '08, I run 36F and 42R, and have done so ever since, including on a KLR 650 I had. I corner pretty aggressively, and get higher mileage from my tires than others I know.

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What tire pressures (cold) are you running at? Front? Rear?

I have Shinko 009 Ravens.... the side wall says 42psi max (cold).
I run 32/36 on both my bikes, per the recommended specs. You can run them at higher pressures, but what you gain in longevity, you may lose in traction. The max psi rating on the sidewall is the MAX psi the manufacturer believes you can safely inflate the tire to; this in no way means it's the ideal pressure. My car tires have a max psi in the 40's as well, but they're best run at 32.
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Opinion?!? Sure, I got one. . . . Doesn't everyone?

I'm running mine at -0 psi, to +3 psi of the values suggested by Kawasaki. I run my ST1100 at 38-40psi front, 40-42psi rear, but that bike is a heavy beast that uses up tires quickly.

I don't think I'm a particularly aggressive rider, but I never get the mileage that some folks claim. I think the road surfaces that I ride on are maybe rougher than in some parts of the country? We have lots of chip seal roads here that are *very* rough.

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See this post here - Versys Tyre pressures, a Guide FWIW

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On the advice of the mechanic when I picked up my new '08, I run 36F and 42R, and have done so ever since, including on a KLR 650 I had. I corner pretty aggressively, and get higher mileage from my tires than others I know.
I'd get a second opinion. What you gain in fuel mileage you loose in traction and ride comfort. Maybe it's just me but I would think the Kawasaki engineers who spec'd the owners manual knew more about this than the mechanic. On dirt most riders go down in pressure to improve traction and increase bump absorption.

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On the stock front Dunlop, with the threads nearing the TWI, 33psi minimum else I would experience bumpiness. Rears, I would pump it up to 38psi.

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See this post here - Versys Tyre pressures, a Guide FWIW

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