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Offline Greg Habel

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How often do you check tire pressure?
« on: September 24, 2008, 11:44:00 am »
How often do you check tire pressure?  Incorrect tire pressures can lead to handling, traction, tire wear, and overheating issues (blowout).  
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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2008, 11:59:00 am »
According to my MSF BRC course, low tire pressure is the number one cause of tire failure.     This is a good time to bring up checking tire pressure with temp changes because we're starting to get big swings in the SE, with warm to hot afternoons and cool mornings. With swings like that, got to keep a close eye on that pressure.     I don't really check my tire pressure on a regular schedule. I check it when there's a temp change and I check it once every week to 2 weeks. I've never seen a visible sign of my tires being low so that's not an issue. I do perform a visual inspection before I ride and I'll give the tires a squeeze. If handling feels a little sloshy in the rear, I'll stop and check my tire pressure, though that hasn't happened since I replaced my rear tire.      
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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2008, 12:32:00 pm »
I check every ride because you just can not tell from look or feel.  I had a tire with 16 lb in it and you could not tell by any method it was really that low.  If you leave the safety and comfort of your home with a nail in your tire then it can cause much more pain and suffering later down the road.  ----------------------------------  I will answer any question.  It is up to you to figure out if I should have.    <p align="left">My Photos<br
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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2008, 04:08:00 pm »
smithr, no offense but how often do you ride?    Myself I picked every now and again. I wish I was able to select once a week. That would be my best selection. Somehow I just dont see myself taking the time to check this every morning / evening before I leave for work and/or home.     2003 Concours  COG #6953  http://mysite.verizon.net/slybones/Concours/connieMain.htm  
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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2008, 04:31:00 pm »
I have to agree with Sly...  I ride every day so I don't have the time when I ride.  I too picked "every now and then" because I do check every two weeks (+/-) when I do a check on the bike.    Yuma,    Summer in Yuma is not hell, but hell is a local call :-)  2006 Connie http://community.webshots.com/user/Lateck?vhost=community  
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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2008, 05:04:00 pm »
Weekly for me, but when I'm on a long ride I check it every morning.  Nothing is more important to ride quality, traction and safety! :)  Steve K.  '02 Concours  COG# 6550  AMA# 965469  'No matter where you go, there you are...'
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« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2008, 10:26:00 pm »
I usually check once per week unless on a trip, then I try to check every day. Saturday is the day. Check the bikes, the wife's car and the truck.    Eddie    2005 Concours  1969 Triumph Bonneville  AMA# 686667 COG# 7073 CDA# 0136   http://picasaweb.google.com/Eddie753  
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« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2008, 11:02:00 pm »
There is no real need to check your outside tire pressures.  Barring any significant weather issues my tire pressure always reads 14.7 pounds per square inch at sea level.    However the inside pressure I do check at least once a week.  :eg:    Another benefit to doing this is you get your face close to the tires therefore it is easier to inspect them and detect any issues.  ;p  AKA "2linby" That's 2-lin-by folks!  Northwest Area Director  COG #5539  AMA #927779  IBA #15034  TEAM OREGON MC Instructor    http://community.webshots.com/user/2linby  http://tinyurl.com/njas8 (IBA BunBurner Gold Trip)  http://tinyurl.com/lwelx (Alaska trip)
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« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2008, 11:26:00 pm »
I check 1 week after a tire change and then about 2 weeks after that to see how much, if any, pressure drop has occurred. Then I usually check about once a month after that.  Of course, I always check the pressure before a long ride too.    YMMV  Brock T. Delp  '99 Concours "Gypsy"  COG #3903/A  IBA #15224
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« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2008, 09:01:00 am »
So Far the Electronic Tire pressure sensor on the C-14 works good , and makes checking easy at the start of my ride . I compare the reading with a Tire gauge about every two weeks to be on the safe side .  

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« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2008, 11:03:00 am »
I stopped riding to work so yes I only ride about once a week when at home.  Usually the bike has sat a few days or I have put on lots of miles last time I rode it so it needs to be checked.  Either way I have helped a couple people plug tires just miles from home base because they did not check them before leaving.  ----------------------------------  I will answer any question.  It is up to you to figure out if I should have.    <p align="left">My Photos<br
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« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2008, 01:13:00 am »
About every 2 wks but always before a long ride.  I bought an 10 gallon air compressor for the garage for mainly checking tires.  So convienent in the garage vs. a gas station.  Plus it's great for drying the bike and removing standing water after a bike wash!    ~Moto Madness    2009 Kawasaki Concours 14; Black, ABS  2008 BMW F800ST    Catching a yellow jacket in your shirt @ 70 mph can double your vocabulary
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« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2008, 08:59:00 pm »
Absolutely every morning, either for occasional day rides or during long trips. I want to stay alive !    
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« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2008, 10:38:00 pm »
I use a tire knocker every time I leave the house. It's close to the bike and   only takes a few seconds to check em. With a little practice you can tell   when the tires don't sound and feel right when they're are a little low.   Also use a dial guage that I keep on the bike for when I'm away from   home.  

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« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2009, 05:53:00 pm »
Before every ride; local or on a trip. Just a habit I picked up long ago. Have taught my wife and son to do the same. Hopefully, both are still complying.  Take care and ride safe,  Bob Young  State of Jefferson  COG #5753
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« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2009, 01:04:00 am »
I check the tire pressure every time i ride and having a C14 all I have to do is look at the gauges. that is a very useful feature. I find it somewhat annoying trying to pump up the tires. now I use my portable 2 gallon air compressor which works fairly well.  I also found that especially my rear tire seems to loose air , between 2 to 4 psi within a week or so.   Not maintaining proper pressure also effects the longeivity of the tire and on a C14 that's even more critical. happy if I can between 4 to 5000 miles out of the rear tire.    Ted  Proud to be American!       (since 2005)    Lost and found in 1991     2008 C14 "Freebird"
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