Originally Posted by darkey
No offense here. It's great advice for a new LTer and I'll keep it in mind for sure.
Thanks, David. Wouldn't the design of the 880 effectively push water to the outside through the channels that open to the outer edge of the tire, even if you've got more tire on the road (i.e. lower pressure)? Just trying to figure this damned thing out here...
ahhh but but but, tire pressure is critical to tire design compounds, running a tire low on pressure particularly with todays silica blended tires, can raise the tire temp too much making the tire have less traction than what it is designed for, a soft tire flexes as well which you do not want happening on wet roads (dry ones either when riding hard)
think of this running your tire low, it will let the center go in the oppisite direction of what it is designed to do, therefore possibly catching more water under it!
this pic is exagerated because it is the only one I could fiund and for cars but same basics
see how the underinflated tire rests on the road, many think because our MC tires are rounded (for turning) that this does not happen, well it does although not to that extent, but lets it flex much more as well.
and it really doesn't matter what brand tire your running proper inflation is important to safety cold wet or dry riding. this LT is heavy 800+ lbs + rider/riders gear your alway's pushing 1000lbs or more, run the max psi on the sidewall of your tire for a few hundred miles (Particularly on the ME 880) and you will see the difference in the handling of the bike,