ScottyJ – Another Rookie from Texas
January 5, 2009 at 2:54 am #15533
Sorry I asked my tech again… the recommended real life is 38/40 so your right there. The MoM settings as was explained to me os for the optimal comfort in ride but not mileage expectancy.
Knowing the automotive side of things- I know what hes talking about.
Normally I stay absolutely away from pushing a tires max capacity for air but due to the circumstances and documentation I have seen I will keep my tires at that pressure ( the 38/40).
Warning about “tires recommendations” On the sidewall of tires the max psi is to state that at cold temperatures the capacity is 40 psi max. Not the recommended to set. When your tires warm up depending on load, speed, and type of rubber compound the tire can and will gain an extra 3-4 psi. Tire manufacturers cannot control what “vehicle” their product is being implemented on so to avoid liability issues they can only provide max capacity pressures… with some lee way given for heated psi gains.February 2, 2009 at 4:17 am #16215
Hit 6000 miles today so I thought I’d check in here.
I now have the Metz 200/70-15 on the rear and the Metz 90/90-21 on the front. The front tire looks a little bit bigger than the initial skinny Dunlop (because it is) but I still think it looks good. And so far I really do like the tires although they are a harder rubber.
Munch, I’m running 40 psi in the front and 41 psi in the rear. I’ll probably stay around there unless I see evidence of problems, i.e. cupping, performance issues, etc. Hopefully, these tire will last a long time because motorcycle tires are expensive.February 10, 2009 at 8:18 pm #16396Clay DowlingParticipant
Glad to hear you’re getting to do so much riding. Saw that bike at the dealership on Saturday, it’s definitely a beautiful machine.
Tires, they’re expensive, but you should see what I pay for car tires. Honda likes to recommend expensive tires for their cars and their motorcycles.April 26, 2009 at 3:16 am #18024
Thursday afternoon while riding down the highway with my daughter on the back, I passed the 10,000 mile mark. Wow…10K miles in less than ten months of riding…pretty much loving every minute of it.
Today, I did my first big group ride, a charity ride called the Ride for Relief Nursery (http://ride-for-relief-nursery.webs.com/index.htm). It was kind of slow going at times but it was cool riding in a big group, having a police escort, not stopping for any lights or stop signs, and seeing people along the road waving. And, of course, the pre and post ride schmoozing was a lot of fun too.
Scott and Scott – http://i43.tinypic.com/2myvnuu.jpgApril 26, 2009 at 3:36 am #18025
Grats!!!!April 26, 2010 at 9:26 pm #25970
Wow, has it been a year since I posted here? Amazing. I just wanted to post and let everyone know that I’m still vertical and I still absolutely love riding. I have well over 25K miles on the bike so I guess, going by my post from a year ago, that means I put 15K on the bike in the last year. My only mods in the last year have been the addition of a Cobra backrest and luggage rack. I’ll post a new pic where you can see them. Happy riding everyone!April 27, 2010 at 3:52 am #25974EddiepowerfmParticipant
Scotty, how far is your commute to work? I ride fromGrand Prairie to Dallas, 35 and Walnut Hill to work.April 28, 2010 at 9:18 am #26020
Wow Grats Scottyj….. Lets see…. your about 4k a years riding over me…. and I have about a 3 month shorter riding time… so we’ll call it even! LOL. You done good! The changes I made to the 9 I have are front fairing, drivers back rest, Iso’s, risers and……..debaffled the exhaust….oh yea and the scootworks front pulley. Think I am done for now with the exception that for my riding style the Metzeler in the rear is disappointing me. Its wearing as fast as the Dunflop but giving up traction in the wet and new paved earlier. I think I am going to go darkside with it.May 7, 2010 at 2:02 pm #26260
Eddie, I ride from Allen to Richardson so it’s only about twelve miles if I take the highway and ten miles if I take the byway. I actually just moved within the city of Allen so I’m taking 75 (Central) to work in the morning and city streets home.
Munch, we’ll call it even but the fact is we both ride a good bit, especially compared to a lot of fair weather riders. So you put a fairing on your 900? You must have the Classic, right? I have been having some tire issues too so, although I’ve been running Metzelers in the past, I went inexpensive this time and I’m trying a Shinko tire on the front. Cost was about half or better of what a Metzeler would have cost, just under $50 including shipping.May 11, 2010 at 3:15 pm #26348
Yea I thought about that also. And yes I have the LT but the fairing kit wasn’t even made for the Vulcans….. I have seen it on the Customs also.
I am gonna go darkside (aka car tire) due to over researching it and realizing that I can get triple the mileage, increased straight line traction for braking and wet weather and minimally give up cornering aspects. No probs since most my rides are Highway anyway going to and from a job I spend way to much time at.
If ya get bored go through the pics section and look up “Munch’s 9” and you can see the way my 9 looks now. Quick link since it took me a while to find it:June 22, 2010 at 9:22 pm #27102
Munch, I’ll check out your bike. I don’t know that I’ll go darkside since I try to ride a lot of twisties and I “think” it would hurt my cornering. But it has definitely crossed my mind. So far the Shinko tire seems to be working well. And I’m right at 29K miles at ten days shy of two years. I’d love to hit 30K for two years (I don’t know why, it’d just be cool) but that means I’ll have to do some serious riding in the next week and a half. We’ll see.June 22, 2010 at 11:44 pm #27133
Went darkside….. and tbh ….few differences in riding feel. I haven’t scraped floorboard yet but have gotten close and feel no lack of traction in the turn. Little over 1k on the tire and running awesomely!
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