Niffty expensive gadget...

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Prmurat, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. Prmurat

    Prmurat Long timer

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  2. tattoogunman

    tattoogunman Been here awhile

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    Or just check the tire pressure before you ride and periodically on long rides with a $5 pressure gauge :evil
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  3. oldmonkeybut

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    Wow!!! I've been ahead of the curve for a long time now. I have always used a wireless tire pressure monitoring system. It's called a tire gauge and can be found in my tank bag.
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  4. DRONE

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    Really, guys? You probably don't like ABS or fuel injection either.

    I hate crawling around in the dirt at a campsite or on the greasy pavement in a hotel parking lot checking my tire pressures while getting my nice BMW riding pants all messed up.

    Now I got TPMS systems on both my Norge and my GSA (TireGard) and I think they're great! I definitely check my pressure much more often now than before. Wonderful device and a real improvement in riding safety.

    Still don't have it on my little 650 and, guess what, I miss it!

    That $141 price that the O.P. linked to is a great price for the sidecar version of the TireGard which, by the way, has been discontinued. Anybody who doesn't have a TPMS on their hack should jump on that deal. Get 'em while they're hot!
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  5. Sidecarjohn

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    Tend to find that tyre checks are not so regular as to justify doing them every time I stop, e.g. at camp grounds. An all round check at home prior to journeys does the trick for me.

    Just a thought on wireless devices. Can there be any interference with all the other devices and electronics that are now integral parts of our lives. I believe that wireless bicycle computers are not always reliable when used on motorcycles due to interference from on board electronics. Could such factors interfere with a wireless tyre pressure system ?

    Finally, what allowance do you make for the inevitable changes in pressure readings once on the move ? Could a serious neurosis kick in as the thing fluctuates ?
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  6. BeeMaa

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    Wanna spend some money?
    Buy two gauges to check against each other.
    Just keep it simple...
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  7. kshansen

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    This is not far off what I was told at a Bridgestone Tire seminar I attended a couple years ago. They recommended testing your tire gauge against a "known good gauge" everyday. The instructor handed out new gauges to all the people in the class and had everyone check the tire pressures on some car in the parking lot. We then compared each ones readings to each others. As I recall some of the new in the box gauges varied several psi from others.
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  8. jnorton1

    jnorton1 Been here awhile

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    Does a couple psi truly matter? I'll stick with my one shitty gauge and call it close enough.
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  9. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    TPMS sensors are nice until you get a flat while driving or riding and destroy a sensor. Some can cost upwards of $125 to replace.

    My personal opinion, as a stupid tire guy, is that TPMS systems keep people from getting down on their knees in dirty, dusty, dank parking lots or camp grounds, and therefore keep people from actually putting eyes on the condition of their tires. Out of sight, out of mind.
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  11. MCMXCIVRS

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    Well, I'm usually a sucker for nifty expensive gadgets. However, those valve cap tire pressure sensors just don't earn my trust. Bypassing the schrader valve with only the cap to keep the air contained just doesn't seem wise. probably the same reason that vehicle manufacturers choose to use the internal sensors. Manually checking the tire pressure is also a good opportunity to check their condition and that of any other items that are in the vicinity and might need attention.

    I do have TPMS on my K1200GT, and while its nice, it's certainly not neccessary and is sometimes annoying when the pressure drops slightly in cool temps and the damn thing annoys me with a warnign even though it's only a couple psi low. I certainly wouldn't make it a priority to have on my bikes.
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  12. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    Do you know me? :dunno:lol3 I have gotten to like electric start in the last year and a half though.
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  13. weird1

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    Nope not at all. not even on my vehicles.
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  14. Jamming

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    My Wife's Toyota has TPMS, its great for about 5 years. Then the moniters in the tires started going..what a PITA. Of course its out of warranty now. So I found some TPMS sensors online and talked the local tire place into mounting them in the tire for 5 bucks a piece if I brought the tires in. I've bought a bunch of tires there, so they did it on a slow day. 4 jackstands and I was set. Problem solved...for a 150 bucks.
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  15. tattoogunman

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    On my bike I could care less. This is just lazy to me - if you can't take a minute to check the tire pressure on your tires, you're just lazy. It's standard routine maintenance for your machine and is probably the one thing any idiot can do without having to be mechanically inclined. I'm not saying a gizmo is a bad idea, I just thinks it's a waste of money and doesn't serve a real purpose if you maintain your tires.
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  16. BCC

    BCC I know better

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    TMS is a great feature. Tire pressure gets checked way more than b4. Real world.
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  17. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Do you loose air in your tires alot ??.I check mine about every oh I don't know,maybe everytime I put on new tires OR as I walk up to my rig and It's noticable that one or more is low!!.I used to check my tires once a week or so and never found them to be more that 1-2 lbs low ( that I thought was normal ).Maybe I should check more often but never saw the need to.
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  18. Sidecarjohn

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    Reminds me of the problem here in the UK when some drivers on motorways ignore fog because the flashing lights didn't announce it's foggy !

    The undeniable truth is that if the gizmo indicates a pressure issue, you still have to get down on your knees to deal with the problem.
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  19. beemerphile

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    To me, the value of TPMS is not that you can check pressure more easily, but that if you pick up a nail and develop a slow leak for some other reason you may be able to pull in at the place of your choosing to deal with it without waiting until the handling gets dangerously squirrelly in a turn on a loaded bike in the middle of nowhere. You can also look for the 2 psi rise from cold to hot to confirm that your base tire pressure is correct for your load.

    One thing I have learned is that if you use the external sensors, make sure they are on a straight metal stem and not a rubber stem. I understand the concern regarding bypassing the Schrader valve, but I have never had a problem with them. Mine can mount either way, but I use the external sensor because I have spare set of wheels that get swapped on and off depending on whether I am on a extended trip (Marathon 880's narrower rear wheel) or riding locally (sport tires with 180 rear).
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  20. dfwscotty

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    I had a version similar to that on the KLR for a while but the monitor wire kept getting wrapped up in the wheel.
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