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    Tyres

    Keep a low pressure tyre gauge (0psi - 80psi) in your bike tool bag at all times. Try to remember to check your tyre pressure every time you fill up for gas.

    Keep your tyres correctly inflated. A tyre that is very under-inflated generates a lot of heat which can lead to a blow out. tyres that run too hot also wear out more quickly. The most common motorcycle breakdown is for tyre damage.

    Purchase a pencil-type tyre gauge and use it regularly until you instinctively 'know' what your tyres feel like correctly inflated. Use of the gauge and visual inspections must become second nature.

    Become familiar with your motorcycle manufacturer's inflation guidelines. Look in your motorcycle owner's manual to find the right PSI (pounds per square inch) of air pressure for your tires.

    Keep in mind that these recommendations are usually dependent upon the weight of you and your passenger, as well as any cargo.

    I have been trying to keep to the above guidelines but the placement of the tyre valve on the limited edition Ultra has been causing me all sorts of problems. I asked Edinburgh H-D to fit a right angled valve to the wheels and what a differenceit makes. See photos

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    Replace your tyres sooner rather than later. If tread depth is 1-2mm it is time to replace your tyres. Take a tip from the mad sport bikers and the canyon racers - they never skimp on their tyres as they are often all that stands between them and the pearly gates.
    Last edited by RamDez; 25-04-2011 at 05:09 PM.



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    Nice article Dez , also note if you change your tyres to aftermarket tyres the tyre pressures required may also change from the motorcycle handbook as I found out last year. But the tyre manufacturer should have a pressure guide for different model applications..
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    Da Nookster
    SOA, Dunedin, Deva, Tasmania, Republic HOG Texas,

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    Re: Tyres

    Very good advice from these older guys...

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    Re: Tyres

    Just to add, I have both these items in my tool kit on the bike, I have included links if you want to purchace them yourselves (I am not saying these are the cheepest places to buy them, one should always shop around)

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    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Good-Selecti...840972&sr=8-16



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    http://www.amazon.co.uk/RAC-Tyre-Ser...sr=1-1-catcorr

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    Re: Tyres

    The other thing to keep a check on is the pressure in the rear suspension. As it needs a very small amount of air, the proper Harley pump and guage is best, and not toooo expensive. Saves your coxyx from being broken on bumpy roads........and of course for adjusting when you carry a pillion

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    Re: Tyres

    Good advice guy's sometime's it's all to easy just to get the hog all cleaned-up but spending a few minute's checking pressure's/oil level's etc could make all the differance

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