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Old 04-01-2018, 05:48 PM
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Just installed a Yoko Avid Ascend on the bike, 195/60r16. Fitment was OK, no issues there. I wanted to keep the speed at the same inaccuracy as my old OE Harley and American Elite 3 that I just removed. I put 30# in it, along with 12 oz of Ride On!. I rolled down the highway, first at 50, 60 , 70, 80 , then 90. Bike seemed OK, alittle "rumbly" the best way I could describe it, but nothing that made me paranoid. The only real issue I had was when I turned on to another street, I felt the back end wobble, not unlike that of a tire that's almost flat.

Which brings me to the question.: What do I do with the air? Go up in pressure or down in pressure?
 
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Old 04-02-2018, 03:19 AM
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I'd start at around 45psi and work down in 1psi increments until you get what you're looking for. 30is likely too little, and would make a tire squirmy and too mushy. A severely underinflated tire will almost feel out of round, and very noisy.
 
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Go up in press. When I went dark for the first time I started at 30 and went up in 2 psi increments. I ended up at 36 - 37 psi cold, but that was on a different tire.
 
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Old 04-02-2018, 11:17 AM
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For a 195/60/16 tire, the Ride-On site recommends 20oz.
 
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Old 04-02-2018, 09:47 PM
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I run the same tire and ride two up mostly and have found 40psi to be good for me. The tire is wearing perfect and have not found any issues at all that I want to change. pics are at 15,000 miles
 
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I run the same tire and ride two up mostly and have found 40psi to be good for me. The tire is wearing perfect and have not found any issues at all that I want to change. pics are at 15,000 miles
what are you running for a front in that pic?
 
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I run the same tire and ride two up mostly and have found 40psi to be good for me. The tire is wearing perfect and have not found any issues at all that I want to change. pics are at 15,000 miles
It looks like you have more wear on the right side of the tire.
 
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what are you running for a front in that pic?
Avon Cobra 180/55/18
 
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It looks like you have more wear on the right side of the tire.
Pictures may be a little deceiving , tire is mildly asymmetric and may be a little worn on road side due to road crown but for the most part it's minimal . The Avon tire next to it only has 4,000 miles compared to 15,000 on the ct, same bike, rider, roads etc. Will get an easy 30 out of ct, just for the math of it that's a savings of $2,100 in two seasons. I also pull a trailer so the ct is really a breakthrough , not having to replace a tire on a trip. Pic with trailer was before did the make over and the 180 conversion on front. Close up will give an idea of how hard I am on side walls and the ct just laughs at it.
 
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I truly do like that 180 up front!
 
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