Originally Posted by Dangerous2
According to my handbook(UK model) the correct pressures are: for one up, Front 36.3 Rear 42.1, two up the same and two up plus luggage Front 36.3 Rear 46.4. I run Metz on my 04 it has covered 4800 miles to my knowledge ( bought used at 4500 miles)on these pressures. I weigh 226 lbs. Why is it that you guys in the USA are using pressures that are way above those reccomended?
While I would not presume to offer a definitive answer to the ever present issue of "correct" tire pressure (that is best left to the rarified air occupied by messenger13 and dshealey
) I would however like to humbly submit the following items from the Metzler web site:
Softer ride due to high-quality carcass construction materials. Rayon is the primary fabric used in the ME880 and the most expensive ply material used in todays tires. Rayon gives a softer ride but requires more air pressure (max sidewall pressure for double-up riding) - or 1 up riding in my case at 315#
I would also direct your attention to the Metzler brouchure under Technical & Warranty which specifically addresses tire pressure recommendations in the U.S. market - http://www.us.metzelermoto.com/media/metzeler_2006.pdf
Additionally, after reading numerous tire threads here I can not resist including the following from the Metzler web site:
Advanced Silica Compound reduces rolling resistance, which increases mileage. Advanced Silica compounding allows softer compounds to be used, while retaining High Mileage. Most consumers get 2000 (or more) miles than O.E. tires.
Advanced Silica Compound – combined with tread pattern, significantly increases wet grip. The primary use of silica is for wet performance, which Metzeler pioneered in 1984
I believe this should be sufficent to promote further disscussion and kindly thank you for your time and attention.
P.S. The LT is definitive proof that God does in fact ride.