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This is scary! Do you have an owner's manual? Do you have a shop/service manual? Have you read the side of the tire? The web's not the greatest place to get information as important as tire pressures on a M/C that can go way more than 100mph. If I told you 70psi front, 85psi rear would you believe me? I hope not! This isn't the kind of advice I would give, not knowing what tires or what kind of riding you plan to do. If you don't have one, get an owner's manual! And no, it's NOT 85/70psi!
 

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I was wondering when I first got my Tiger. My take on the threads I found, seemed to suggest a road use pressure of 38/44
 

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blockhead is correct on the pressures 36 front and 42 back. This what my owners manual states for my 04 tiger. I also checked with my trusted triumph dealer.
 

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doesn't the tyre pressure depend on the tyre manufacturer's recommendations?......i.e. aren't the triumph recommendations based on the stock tyres and potentially irrrelevant for other tyres?
 

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Correct, call the tire manufacturer.
 

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Even though the owner's manual says 36/42, many mechanics will use 40/40 or some other mix. It is very hard to know. I don't have the stock tires on my '05, I have the Metzlers.

I really don't know if the correct pressure is tire specific or bike specific or load specific. That's kind of what I'm getting at. I know it's around 40 psi.

If you look on the tire, it usually gives you a range or a maxium rather than a specific pressure.
 

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I also have a Buell Blast. In the Buell Blast forums, there was a huge debate back and forth about tire pressure for different tires, loads, and riding. Turned out we got really good information from the likes of Avon, Pirelli, Michellen... etc.

Call them, tell them which tires on what kind of bike. They may have to get back to you while they check with a "specialist", it opinion will be from someone that knows the tires characteristics, and hopefully a little about your bike to make a good suggestion.
 

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I wondered about this for years and I understand the thrust of Jamo's question.
I've come to understand that the pressures listed on the tires is generally a maximum pressure and generally NOT the recommended for that specific vehicle. I go with the pressures listed on the plate attached to the vehicle whether the tires are stock or not.
I do not have stock tires on the Bonneville any more but the pressures listed on the plate seems to work perfectly.
I cannot speak for what is best on Tiger though.....
 

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Ture pressures and manuals

Many vehicle manuals state high pressures for tyres than what are normally required, this is because under inflation can be dangerous especially on a m/c.

For those here who recommend the Triumph manual pressures and are usuing a sports touring tyre you need to be aware that

36psi front and 42 psi rear are almost always the MAX pressures for any brand of sprots touring tyre.

This is very clearly noted on the side walls of tyres of all brands MAX load 36 Max load 42.

If you are not carrying a max load you do not use those pressures.

I totally agree with n4naked.

Your tyre manufacturer is going to give you the best advice in most circumstances.

DaveM:cool:
 

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I don't have the stock tires on my '05, I have the Metzlers.
But which ones?

Just googled Metzler and it took me to the US Tire site, chose Duel Sport and then Filtered with bike make, model and year, gives you the options on four different tires/tyres.
On the left theres a button under Products for Recommended Tire Pressures.
Wunderful thing this T`Internet thingy;)
 

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My Tourances say 36/42 on the respective sidewalls. I'm sure the Annakees said the same thing. It also states that is the max pressure at the max load too. So I think it stands to reason a lower pressure works just as well. I've been keeping mine at 41.5/35.5 the last couple of weeks and can't really notice a difference from 42/36....

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For economy and prolonged life, I've been riding 38 front and 40 rear on my stock Anakees -- for average daily commuting.

I reduce front pressure to 35-36 psi for more grip in the twisties. I always keep the rear at 40-42 psi.
 
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