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Thread: Tire Pressure

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    Tire Pressure

    I purchased a 2007 Kawasaki Cruiser Model en500/500 Ltd and checked the tire pressure the gauge
    reads front 18 psi and rear 15 psi. According to the owners manual these tires should have front 28 and rear 32.

    The tires are hard as rocks now at the low pressure do they really need the high psi that the manual call for?

    Thanks for any advise you can give me as I'm afraid to over pressurize them.

    Bill

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    Yes. They should never get close to the teens. Perhaps you should try another gauge.
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    Always go with the recommended pressure unless you find yourself in a situation like a dirt road or snow or ice.
    I just plan on doing everything twice when I start it and that way when it takes 3 times to get it right I'm only half as mad.

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    Ditch Magnet
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    on the new tire gauge.

  6. #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by amvince View Post
    Always go with the recommended pressure unless you find yourself in a situation like a dirt road or snow or ice.

    Agreed.

    Or unless you're at the track (changing tire pressure is a good way to change how the bike handles). But I don't know how often you'll be taking your cruiser to the track, so you can probably rule that situation out.

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    the correct pressure serves several functions; among them, reduced chances of blowout.
    Couldn't put "fail" across Lolo's picture, but she did come in 4th in the 100 m hurdles - still one heck of an effort.

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    Kickstand Operator
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    I have two tire pressure guages and they never agree on pressure. off by several pounds

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    Quote Originally Posted by johbren View Post
    I have two tire pressure guages and they never agree on pressure. off by several pounds
    Get a better guage.
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    I prefer the CyclePump EZAir Gauge ($25.00) myself. Disreguard the "durability" rating, mine's held up well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by battypup View Post
    on the new tire gauge.
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