Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Albuquerque, NM, USA
Bridgestone 020 pressure recommendation
This is from HolyCow; he posted this in response to my question about tire Bridgestone pressures:
Just some additional thoughts. I don't know who all went to the CCR and attended the Tire Talk presented by Bridgestone.
Here are the comments.
1) They recommend running any tire (not only theirs) at the maximum pressure listed on the sidewall minus 2 psi. They said that the engineering that goes into the tire and subsequent testing is based on that maximum rating.
2) Bridgestone is updating their literature so that the K1200LT (regardless of year) should be fitted with a bias-ply. Bridgestone no longer recommends Radials for any year of LT.
3) They want to see you failed tires. It sounded to me, if you send the tire back for a warranty claim, even if it is your fault (under inflation, improper mounting, damage, etc) they more often than not, they comp you a new tire. The tires must be returned through your dealer. If you bought the tire on the Internet (SWMoto, etc) then that is your dealer and you must work with them. I would call Bridgestone yourself and find out about a warranty claim.
4) He said that cupping is common in most motorcycle tires and is started by under inflation. Once the cupping starts, it cannot be reversed. He said the way to prevent cupping is to run at the maximum pressure.
I've decided to try this with my radial 020 tires, and I may stick with radials because I like the feel for the kind of riding I do.
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2000 K1200 LTC - Canyon Red