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post #1 of 7 Old 08-12-2012, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Avon Gripster PSI..

I've got an Avon Gripster on the rear wheel and I'm running it at 36PSI (as reads on side wall). Also, I am on pavement 90% of the time since I usually ride with my dad and he is on a 2012 Kawasaki Concours 14 (y'all know how they ride ) So what I'm getting at is, what psi do you guys run yours at if mainly on pavement to save tread and what's best fit for highway riding?
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-12-2012, 11:23 PM
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I'd go up to 40. But 36 is good, too.

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I've got an Avon Gripster on the rear wheel and I'm running it at 36PSI (as reads on side wall). Also, I am on pavement 90% of the time since I usually ride with my dad and he is on a 2012 Kawasaki Concours 14 (y'all know how they ride ) So what I'm getting at is, what psi do you guys run yours at if mainly on pavement to save tread and what's best fit for highway riding?
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My last set of tires were Gripsters. The rear was done at almost 5k. Not complaining at all. I ran the rear at 32 psi and it wore "flat" like a car tire pretty quick indicating it needed more pressure. I'd keep running it at 36 as it says on the sidewall since I see you live where the temps have been over 100. Ride 20 miles then check your pressure, you'll be shocked how much it goes up.
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I'm running it at 36PSI (as reads on side wall).
The sidewall is simply pressure for max load capacity. If you aren't looking for the grip, I would try to set pressures so that hot pressures were about 10%-15% over cold pressures. More pressure (to an extent) will help the tire run cooler with will make the tires last longer, but it will also concentrate the wear, causing tires to be more prone to flat spotting. Lower pressures will cause more flex in the tire and more heat buildup, but across a wider area of the tire.

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I think you also need to consider other factors like rider weight and what sort of load you are carrying.
I got 7k out of my last set of Gripsters.

I ran between 34-40lbs depending on the load.

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Thanks guys! I appreciate it! Also, thetable we had a misunderstanding, when I talked about the connie I was saying that they typically like to stick to the pavement Thanks for the advice though! I know better then to go up against a Concours on my KLR!


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Also, thetable we had a misunderstanding, when I talked about the connie I was saying that they typically like to stick to the pavement Thanks for the advice though! I know better then to go up against a Concours on my KLR!
Oh, I do dirt on the Connie too, mud is a bit sketchy, but dirt and gravel, she can handle just fine as long as there isn't any need for ground clearance. Sometimes the GPS lies, and to turn around would add a hundred miles to an already long day. This: http://goo.gl/maps/k2cj1 for instance, is not a nicely paved section of twisties.
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