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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I have a Snap-On (almost all my tools are Snap On) TPGP50 pencil tire gauge for general use, and feel it is pretty accurate. It is calibrated 10-50 psi. I also have a super low pressure dial type gauge (just don't like digital) for my quad and my race car slicks.
I believe there are to things that are super important to long tire life. One is keeping them inflated to the proper pressure, and two, that the proper pressure is what is marked on the sidewall by the tire manufacturer, not what it may say somewhere on the bike, or in the manual.
The manual that came with my new EX500, which still has the stock tires, says 28 psi front, 32 psi rear. But on the tire sidewalls, it says 41 psi front and rear, and that is precisely what the tires are inflated to. Now, I've done some pretty hardcore (for me) sport riding on this bike, and the tires have performed very well for stock tires. I will get something better when they wear out. The last thing I want while doing aggressive sport riding is half inflated tires. Jerry.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike