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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-03-2019, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Tire pressure loss over winter break?

How much pressure loss is common for your tires over the winter break?
My bike was lifted up on stands, so the tires were unloaded. Took it for the first ride today, first since last fall. Front tire read about 17 psi, rear about 5-10 psi. Back in fall, they were both in mid 30s.

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Re: Tire pressure loss over winter break?

Seems a bit excessive, but it might just depend on how cold are the winters in your area. I live in California and lose about 1 psi a month.
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We have had several days below 0 F here. I had the nozzles replaced on both tires last year because of slow leaks. I guess I'll have them replaced again this season when I get new tires

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Re: Tire pressure loss over winter break?

mate it's completely normal for tires to leak some pressure. Especially while standing still, it's why we check the pressure regularly and ESPECIALLY over the winter. My tires were also around 20, maybe a bit lower PSI when I got it back after the winter. You don't have to replace anything.
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Re: Tire pressure loss over winter break?

you should be checking tire pressure EVERY time you ride. Amazes me street riders go months or years before realizing they have low air pressure. At least youre some what proactive... so theres that.
What kind of gauge are you using? What kind of valve stems? rubber? right angle?
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you should be checking tire pressure EVERY time you ride. Amazes me street riders go months or years before realizing they have low air pressure. At least youre some what proactive... so theres that.

What kind of gauge are you using? What kind of valve stems? rubber? right angle?
Rubber stems, because they were readily available at the dealer.
I do check my tires often, but the front tire went from mid-30s to mid-10s, while the rear went from mid 30s to 5-10 psi.
Gauge is from O'Reilly, don't recall the brand.

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Rubber stems, because they were readily available at the dealer.
I do check my tires often, but the front tire went from mid-30s to mid-10s, while the rear went from mid 30s to 5-10 psi.
Gauge is from O'Reilly, don't recall the brand.

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get a set of angled ones. MotoD makes some, Kurvey Girl sells some too. About $30 shipped. Makes it easier to check pressures.
Stop by a local tire shop. Ask them if they have a calibration port or gauge you can bench mark your auto parts store one. Id say check it at 30, 35, 40, & 45 psi for accuracy sake. Mark the gauge if it reads high or low. The service is typically free. Or have the put 45 psi in your tires and check at those intervals by bleeding them down 5psi at a time.
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Re: Tire pressure loss over winter break?

Car is almost never driven anymore but it looses about 10 PSI a week. Once it's driven regularly for a few weeks, that "slow" leak dramatically decreases to as little as a few PSI. But yeah, let it sit and the leak gets progressively worse.

As long as you don't see any damage to the tire or rim, slow leaks are generally harmless. It's just an annoyance to have to regularly check and "top-off" is all.

On a somewhat separate note, I often take a quick glance at the tires when dismounting. I don't bother inspecting them until an oil change. Just a quick glance back at them is all. That's how I've discovered debris lodged in them before. That then gives me the opportunity to ride cautiously back home; ears peeled for a blowout. Plugs have gotten sooooooooo much better over the years and have had zero issues with any of them. The recommendation of course, even from the plug manufacturers, has been to replace the tire. Of course you never put anything like that near a track; and never ever plug "too" close to the sidewall.

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