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Tire pressure dirt vs pavement for Tusk DSport tube type tires?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by kitkat, Apr 21, 2020.

  1. kitkat

    kitkat Been here awhile

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    Hi guys, I'm about to install the Tusk DSport tires on my Himalayan, and would appreciate some tire pressure advice.

    I'm mainly concerned about the tire pressure on pavement/hwy which I normally cruise at 55-60 mph. RE recommends 25psi front and 32psi rear.

    I have never ridden on the hwy with tires this aggressive so I want to ask the experts before I do something potentially stupid or dangerous!

    Also, how important is balancing?

    Thanks!

    PS, I meant to title this "dirt" vs pavement.
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  2. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b Supporter

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    I tend to balance any tire. If I buy tires during a trip, I'll sometimes skip it depending on the circumstance.

    IDK that you can do anything really stupid or dangerous at 25/32 psi. I'd start there.

    When you ride at 60mph, pull over and put your hand on the carcass and sidewall of each tire. They should be warm, but not overly hot. No, I don't have numbers. If they're too hot, increase the pressure, but I 25/32 should be enough.

    For off-road, if you're on a difficult surface, lower the pressure and see if that helps. Without rim locks, you probably don't want to go much below about 15psi. Maybe a little lower. If you ride on the pavement at speed with 15, expect a hotter tire, uneven wear, and tread "cupping".

    I have used tires that are in many ways similar but not yet DSports. I have some D-Sports ready to go on, but have not used them yet.
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  3. jay547

    jay547 Long timer

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    I use the Tusk tires and I run 16-19 pretty much all the time. I avoid highway riding as much as I can. I mostly ride gravel roads. In my opinion, nearly everyone overinflates.
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  4. rd400racer

    rd400racer Long timer

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    I just put the Tusks on my DR and I ride a fair amount of street. I'm starting at around 28-30 for now just to see how it feels. Went out for a quick put around the other day and they felt fine.
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  5. jfauerba

    jfauerba Been here awhile

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    32psi was too much for me on pavemnt almost felt like it was on hard loose gravel. Lowered to 25psi and seems fine. While riding with TPMS, have not seen it get above 31psi on pavement in the twisties. Only got 700 miles on them so far and mostly on pavement waiting for forest service roads to reopen.
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  6. Bucho

    Bucho DAMNrider

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    I don't have rimlocks on my DR650. I've run as low as 7-8 lbs in the rear.

    If I'm going on a road/dualsport type ride I usually run pressures in the teens. 16/14 (F/R) I'm almost never on the highway.
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  7. jay547

    jay547 Long timer

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    Take note if you install the Tusk Dsport tires: the front is directional, the rear is not. Some dork I know, put his front on backwards and had to do it over. :doh
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