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Do you use a TPMS?

My Tacoma has a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) which just helped me realize I had low pressure in a rear tire. My 750 doesn't have it and I recently found the front tire was grossly under inflated since the last time I checked it (probably months ago).

Does anyone have a good TPMS for their motorcycle tires? I'd appreciate your recommendation, even for the kind that just replace the valve caps. I keep 42 psi in the rear and 40 in the front. Not so much worried about price but ease of use and accuracy of course. Thanks...

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My Tacoma has a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) which just helped me realize I had low pressure in a rear tire. My 750 doesn't have it and I recently found the front tire was grossly under inflated since the last time I checked it (probably months ago).

Does anyone have a good TPMS for their motorcycle tires? I'd appreciate your recommendation, even for the kind that just replace the valve caps. I keep 42 psi in the rear and 40 in the front. Not so much worried about price but ease of use and accuracy of course. Thanks...
I saw one recently for bikes,on the net some where and wondered about them too,does any one make one that replaces the valve core instead of just the cap.Not the entire stem but the core only,My bike runs tube type tires and the caps alone seem like a leak waiting to happen.JMO




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I check my tires religiously before I ride and try to pay attention to how they feel. I have been in the automotive repair industry for 15 years (dealer and independent) TPMS is the absolute worst thing ever invented. Every time the light comes on they bring it in because something is wrong, when most of the time a little air will fix it. But oops to reset the light in a lot of vehicles it takes thousands of dollars in special tools to make the light go off so I have to wast my time and not get paid. Since I have to purchase all my own tools this is a major problem why did I invest in these tools that I am expected to use for free. Sorry for the rant but save some money and buy a good pressure gauge.


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I check my tires religiously before I ride and try to pay attention to how they feel. I have been in the automotive repair industry for 15 years (dealer and independent) TPMS is the absolute worst thing ever invented. Every time the light comes on they bring it in because something is wrong, when most of the time a little air will fix it. But oops to reset the light in a lot of vehicles it takes thousands of dollars in special tools to make the light go off so I have to wast my time and not get paid. Since I have to purchase all my own tools this is a major problem why did I invest in these tools that I am expected to use for free. Sorry for the rant but save some money and buy a good pressure gauge.
I understand ya man,I do have a good dial type gauge,Mityvac,I think.I would probably be better of having its accuracy verified against a known good gauge.But on the other hand it always reads the same when used back to back on the same tire,it is consistent any way




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I've seen the replacement caps that have visible pressure graduations on them at WalMart. BIIRC, the fine print tells you not to drive with them installed.

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I've seen the replacement caps that have visible pressure graduations on them at WalMart. BIIRC, the fine print tells you not to drive with them installed.
We see a lot of those leaking but you can't convince people they are crap.


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I have digital gauge that recalibrates itself every time you turn it on .


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TPE stator
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I've got the TPMS in my Tacoma, but I still check the tire pressure. But in between checking or when something happens while you're driving, the TPMS is terrific. I've NEVER taken it in to the dealer just because the light was on unless I've found a nail or screw in my tire. Then I go to Costco to get my tire repaired for free, and more nitrogen to inflate it. I just use a regular tire pump to inflate between regular trips to Costco for rotation. & balancing.

Point is, if I had a good TPMS for my 750, I wouldn't be riding with low tire pressure in between checks, which is NOT every time I ride. But I do believe the type that replace your valve caps are a leak waiting to happen, that's why I haven't bought them.

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I don't know about most people on here but I ride mine hard enough that I can feel if a tire is low. When I picked up the nail right after I put on the new tires this year it didn't feel right riding at lower speeds. I puled into a gas station, got my gauge out of my tool kit and sure enough 16lb in the rear when I usually run 36. I aired it up rode it home, found the nail, aired it up the next morning and rode it to work and fixed it.


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I have a preride checklist I go through each time I ride. I also have a weekly one and a monthly one containing more and more items. Checking the tire pressure is on the weekly one for that very reason. It became weekly after I was on the back roads and felt the front tire 'wondering'. I flipped a bitch (u-turn), rode it into my buddy's garage, borrowed his compressor, then headed back out. I feel there's enough danger out there to deal with without my own neglect adding to it, hence the checklists.
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