Optimal Tire Pressure

Journeyman28778

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Wondering what others think of this. It is said that max psi, 42 front and back per manual, give the most longevity. It's also noticed tires wear out the most in the middle, hence chicken strips. Would it not make sense to reduce pressure somewhat so more of the tire contacts the road, distributing wear? Not so much it's squishy.
I've been going with the recommended pressure for both the Roadster and the 3R. I would think that lowering the pressure (within reason) would improve performance, but with a hit to longevity, which is already way too low.

"It's also noticed tires wear out the most in the middle, hence chicken strips."
Maybe a distinction without a difference, but I believe chicken strips (as in how small) are the result of how far and how often you lean the bike over, wearing very close to the outer edges of the tire. Those of us in twisty land get pretty even wear across the entire tire. Even with a larger contact patch I don't think lowering the pressure would have very much effect on wear across the tire, no matter where, or how, you ride.
 

WOTYSGTB

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Wondering what others think of this. It is said that max psi, 42 front and back per manual, give the most longevity. It's also noticed tires wear out the most in the middle, hence chicken strips. Would it not make sense to reduce pressure somewhat so more of the tire contacts the road, distributing wear? Not so much it's squishy.
Too funny not to comment but with the absolute and utmost respect, chicken strips are not the byproduct of tires wearing in the middle.
 

Lemieuxfan

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On my BMW K1600 B I noticed the tire pressure goes up roughly 2 psi after a few miles, so I run 40 psi (static) front and rear on the R3 so my actual operating pressure should be really close to 42psi front and rear. I have noticed through the years and many many sets of tires that I get a more even wear and more longevity running them at their recommended max psi which in most cases is 42psi
interested in your review of the K1600b which is one sweet bike; how is the reliability etc what are the plus/minus to the R3
 

WOTYSGTB

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interested in your review of the K1600b which is one sweet bike; how is the reliability etc what are the plus/minus to the R3
Not much I haven't owned, and I can honestly say that the BMW is the best all around bike I have ever owned. My new Triple black R3 GT handles great and has crazy torque but unfortunately I will be selling it. I have decided to buy another track bike to take its place. I love all bikes, some just better than others
 

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