Join Date: May 2013
Location: Nakhon Si, Thailand
What tire pressure are you running?
I'm sure you have noticed the small sticker on the rear swing arm showing the maximum tire pressure for the CBR.
It says 250 kPa / 36 PSI for the front, 290 kPa / 42 PSI for the rear.
These figures mean that the maximum pressure for two-up riding with gear (and accessories) should not be higher than those amounts.
Since I ride by myself I am most happy with 32 PSI in the front and 38 PSI in the rear.
A few more PSI and the bike seems "too hard" and gives too much feedback for my taste, I can feel every crack in the road and my helmet is dancing on my head. A few PSI less and the bike feels "mushy", the steering is getting difficult at slow speeds.
Even when I ride highway, I am happy with running the pressure approximately 10% below max pressure.
Many factors come into play, of course, my weight (78 kg) and the quality of the road surface being the first coming to mind.
My CBR500R came with Pirelli Diablo Rosso II which of course is another important factor, even though the maximum load figure for these tires is 42 PSI for the front and rear.
My question is: How much pressure are you running? Do you adjust it for city/highway riding? Did you change the pressure when you got a different set of tires? Do you adjust pressure when riding two-up or carrying a load?
In short, I'm interested in anything you have to say about tire pressure!
current: CBR500R, CRF250M, MSX125, Yamaha Nouvo 135
previous: CB360, CB450SC (2), VT500FT, XS650 (3), Virago 750, Intruder 800, XJ600S, Intruder 1400, K75S (5), K100RS (5), ZX9R, KLR250, XR650L, DR650SE, Ninja 250, VTR250 (2), CBR150R (3), AX-1