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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I have always run ALL tires, both car and motorcycle, at the "max" recommended pressure stamped on the sidewall. Though it says "max", it is well within the safe range. Tire companies are probably the most often sued of all vehicle component manufacturers, and they would never recommend anything unsafe, or even close to it. I also have ME880s, and run them at that pressure. I got over 18,000 miles out of my last set. I weigh 220, and carry another 30-40 pounds of stuff around with me. Underinflation is the leading cause of tire failure and excessive wear. I have found the Vulcan 750 to have soft enough suspension to more than compensate for proper tire inflation. Many people run their tires underinflated for a better ride, but IMO that's just asking for it.
I'm pretty sure the pressure recommended by the original tire manufacturer (Bridgestone) was well above 29 and 34.
Ford messed up big, and got several people killed, when they recommended inflation pressures that were to low for the Firestone tires the Explorer came with. They did this in response to complaints from customers about the Explorer's rough ride, then tried to blame Firestone. I'm surprised it took so long to figure out.
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