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  • Offline Fat Bert   gb

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    Tyre Pressure Question
    on: Jul 18, 2017, 05.32 pm
    Jul 18, 2017, 05.32 pm
    Getting to be a regular feature now - all these questions/opinions - suppose it adds for a livelier forum   :431:

    Question.................

    I'm no lightweight and the wife (3rd brake) aint that far behind (God help me if she ever reads this!!)

    Usually run 36/40

    Off touring Wild Atlantic Way in Eire next week so will be laden with 2 full Givi 45l panniers and small topbox

    The "book" says 36/42 but given the bike's load has anyone ever run MORE than 36/42?

    No motorway riding involved so I'm wondering if 38/44 might be better?

    Thoughts?
    "Team Fat Bert" Racing

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    Re: Tyre Pressure Question
    Reply #1 on: Jul 19, 2017, 05.32 am
    Jul 19, 2017, 05.32 am
    I'm 160kg and even when I ride two up with my Heavy SW Motech Panniers I just use standard pressures with no problems

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    Re: Tyre Pressure Question
    Reply #2 on: Jul 19, 2017, 06.59 am
    Jul 19, 2017, 06.59 am
    *Originally Posted by Big Bob [+]
    I'm 160kg and even when I ride two up with my Heavy SW Motech Panniers I just use standard pressures with no problems

    Gee Big Bob...just looked at your profile photo. You make the CT look like a 250!!!
    What do you mean it's raining....get ootside and ride the thing.

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    Re: Tyre Pressure Question
    Reply #3 on: Jul 19, 2017, 07.18 am
    Jul 19, 2017, 07.18 am
    I'm a mere lightweight then at 114kg but when I checked the tyres I usually had 38/44 max, ride a bit harder but good feel from the bike as a solo rider.
    Bill

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    Re: Tyre Pressure Question
    Reply #4 on: Jul 20, 2017, 01.00 pm
    Jul 20, 2017, 01.00 pm
    Gentlemen, with our weights (I am 130kg), wives, panniers etc. - we are far far above the CT max allowed load (slightly above 180kg) - do you think it is safe as for frame etc.?

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    Re: Tyre Pressure Question
    Reply #5 on: Jul 06, 2018, 11.34 pm
    Jul 06, 2018, 11.34 pm
    *Originally Posted by bondjamesbond [+]
    Gentlemen, with our weights (I am 130kg), wives, panniers etc. - we are far far above the CT max allowed load (slightly above 180kg) - do you think it is safe as for frame etc.?

    Not intended as a smart-a$$ reply here... but really has anyone ever heard of a frame breaking on a modern street motorcycle due to overloading?   :155:

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    Re: Tyre Pressure Question
    Reply #6 on: Jul 07, 2018, 07.25 am
    Jul 07, 2018, 07.25 am
    I wasn't aware the CT had a 'Maximum allowed load', and only 180kg? What do they think will go wrong if you exceed that? I daresay most of us have at some point. Slightly more worrying point, would insurance companies use it as an excuse not to pay out if you need to make a claim?

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    Re: Tyre Pressure Question
    Reply #7 on: Jul 07, 2018, 04.12 pm
    Jul 07, 2018, 04.12 pm
    *Originally Posted by Slidy [+]
    I wasn't aware the CT had a 'Maximum allowed load', and only 180kg? What do they think will go wrong if you exceed that? I daresay most of us have at some point. Slightly more worrying point, would insurance companies use it as an excuse not to pay out if you need to make a claim?

    EVERY motorcycle has a maximum load limit but unfortunately few riders seem to know about it for their machine and even fewer consciously adhere to the limit.  Since many motorcycles have a surprisingly limited carrying capacity, the common question is, " how much can I overload without compromising safety?" If you’ve packed huge loads on your bike and it hasn’t crashed yet, you might think this GVWR business is just conservative legal mumbo jumbo, like speed limit signs.

    On the other hand, if your bike has developed some strange behavior, that might be a clue that you should revisit the load capacity. Is your bike eating up tires or batteries at an alarming rate, or darting sideways in rough corners, or occasionally going into a nasty speed wobble for no apparent reason?

    The bottom line is that motorcycling is dangerous enough without taking unnecessary risks. The manufacturer makes a strong recommendation about GVWR. If you choose to ignore it, you’re rolling the dice.