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Old 02-28-2012, 09:00 PM
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I've got an 01 electra glide wondering how much air pressure will give best ride solo and two up?
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Depends on your likes. I usually run 20 solo, 25 two up. Some run 10-12 solo. Try a few different pressures and see where you're at.
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Depends on your likes. I usually run 20 solo,
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Seriously though, it's a matter of personal preference. Try starting at 20#'s solo and working down from there. Your weight and any additional weight that you add to the bike are the determining factors. I ride at 10#'s solo and 18-20#'s with the TP and 2 up.
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Depends on your likes. I usually run 20 solo, 25 two up. Some run 10-12 solo. Try a few different pressures and see where you're at.
Listen to the Dawg. Those pressures work on my '03.

Do you have the manual? It is in there.
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Ok question for the check your manual people. Why such a significant difference in pressure compared to new bikes?
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Ok question for the check your manual people. Why such a significant difference in pressure compared to new bikes?
I think it changed with the new frame in 09. But hopefully someone who knows this stuff will chime in.
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Ok question for the check your manual people. Why such a significant difference in pressure compared to new bikes?
The 09 and newer have reworked shocks that have different air pressure ranges. But what it comes down to is what pressure gives you the type of ride you like. I used to run 10 -12 most of the time solo, my buddy rides the same bike and is about 10 lbs heaver than me and he likes 16 lbs.
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What has been most comfortable for us has never even been close the the manual recommendations.

When checking different PSI even 2-3 lbs can make a significant difference in the ride.

The other, counter-intuitive, factor is that more PSI can produce a softer (cushier) ride than less PSI.

ie. at 16 psi we are not bottoming out, but when we bump it up to 19 psi it is actually a softer ride than at 16.
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