• What s the proper psi for the front tire on a v65 Sabre

    What's the proper psi for the front tire on a v65 Sabre?

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    • DO NOT go by what's on the tire...go by what's on the bike. The tire's marking is only a max rating. Tire pressure is determined by load (weight), NOT by the max pressure marked on the tire!

    • Thanks all!

    • I would figure that, of all people in the world, the tire engineers would be the ones to know what pressure their tires should be at. They designed them to perform a specific way. But this is an age old argument. If I put my car manufacturer's stated pressure in those times, I would be under-inflated by over 20 PSI. The only time I drop pressures is on the KLR when playing in the dirt - then back up to max. before hitting the slab. Anything lower results in uneven tire wear and dangerous under-steer on both the Magna and the KLR. Oh, and pressure has very little to do with load - the pressure is to maintain the cross-sectional shape of the tire... as manufactured.

    • Are you kidding me? Proper tire pressure has EVERYTHING to do with load. Unbelievable. OP...please do your own research on this matter, don't go by some misinformed internet forum.

    • It also depends on the tire. Bias tires use less pressure than radials. 44 sounds high to me. Look at how your tire is wearing. if the center is wearing then you might have too much or need to take a few curves. Edges wearing can mean low pressure or too many curves.

    • Maximum pressures must be used with the maximum load specified by the tire manufacturer. That said, I have found manufacturer's tire pressure specs to be nearly useless with some tires. On my '83 VF750C, the manufacturer specified 32psi front and rear, which was acceptable with the OEM tires, but the bike was not at all nimble. With Bridgestone Spitfires at those pressures, it handled like a damn truck! I could barely get it to turn. Raising the front pressure to 36psi helped greatly in that regard, but it still handled poorly. Raising the rear to 39psi gave the bike good handling balance. That's without a passenger, 185 lb. rider, with usually a 5 to 10 pound carry bag bungeed on the passenger part of the seat.

    • not trying to open a can of worms here, but here's what ive found about tire pressure, yes, bias and radials both like different air pressure, but it essentially comes down to a few different things, suspension, rider preference, and testing different pressures, everyone says to go by whats on their swing-arms/frame stickers, these numbers are from WAAAY back when they only had "80's" tire technology , today's rubber is a lot different then back then, so those numbers are not valid ,so, here is what ive been educated on doing,1st, make sure you have your suspension set up properly(https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Ikjw4IheeF4), 2nd, start with a base pressure, going by whats on the side of the tire,not whats on the sticker, chose a distance to go ride, somewhere around 25miles 1 way should be good,after going the 25,stop and let 2lbs of air out(bring a gauge with you) re-pete this a few times,going both up in pressure,as well as down,till you find what works best for you and your riding style,also, check daves other videos out on how to 'Read" your tire wear

    • Thanks Thom!

    • Completely agree Thom Buck

    • I run 36psi on the front tire of my v65 magna bias ply