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post #1 of 13 Old 04-16-2009, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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Tire Pressure Monitors-Opinion

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post #2 of 13 Old 04-16-2009, 10:56 PM
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Ive often wondered about them...

1) The doodads on the valve stem would be easy to steal, becoming really expensive. Kids over here steal nice anodised one at the shops.

2) They would read the Hot pressure of the tyre, not the cold pressure which is what we're supposed to go by.

3) Really expensive!

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plus if you have retard change your tires he most likly breaks them of everytime

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What ever happened to doing it the old fashioned way?


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Anybody have opinions or thought on this "doodad"
Complete waste of money, IMHO... Use the doodad Mister Mike pictured.

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What ever happened to doing it the old fashioned way?

Hard to read and the clanging on the forks gets irritating at freeway speeds.

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Hard to read and the clanging on the forks gets irritating at freeway speeds.
Nah... Tie Wraps and Duck Tape

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After suffering a white knuckle flat tire in a high speed turn (went off the road, but kept it up). I believe an accurate TPM loud alarm would have given me an extra couple seconds alert to slow down and avoid the drama. I haven't found a TPM that is loud enough to get my attention, so I stick with Mr Mike's method and ride slower.

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Hard to read and the clanging on the forks gets irritating at freeway speeds.
LOL...i laugh! i use the pen style; if you zip tie it to the spoke, it doesn't flop around.

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post #12 of 13 Old 04-17-2009, 12:28 PM
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We used to sell a product called SmarTire at the shop I worked at - it consisted of a sensor that mounted on a rim band in each tire and a little wireless display. This company stopped making the motorcycle version a few years ago to concentrate on the very lucrative 4-wheel market (tire pressure monitors are required by law in new cars and trucks in Canada, at least).

They were a really useful product. The safety benefit is obvious, but how many people really know how their pressure changes, depending on temperature, type of riding surface, and the rider? We had a set on a KTM 950 Adventure and the tire temperature (and hence pressure, according to the ideal gas law: PV = nRT) would vary a lot depending on rider, surface (asphalt vs. old pavement vs. gravel), air temp, surface temp, tire type, etc. I know not everyone likes to analyze the physics of the motorcycle as much as I do, but I would definitely consider this product if the price was right.

And motorcycle manufacturers specify COLD tire pressures because hot tire pressures are hard to measure - as mentioned above, the gauge flops around when you ride, and if you wait until you stop moving, your tires have partly cooled down. If you start with the manufacturer's cold recommendations, determine what that translates to in hot pressures, you can make your own informed decisions about tire pressure and temperature that are more accurate than the recommendations. (Considering how much is written about one tire brand vs. another, I wonder how many 'crappy tires' actually never reached their proper operating temperature, and were therefore judged harshly.)

The other thing we found was extremely long tire life when we used tire monitors - a tire that is consistenly running too hot (usually because of low cold pressure) will wear out much faster.

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prt brings some valuable points. on the other hand, if you see you are 3 pounds over desired psi what are the chances your going to get off, psssssssst the tires down a shade, hope that puts you closer, hop back on and try again?
for 98 percent of people, this is merely a gadget. i check my tires regularly because of the varying ambient temps. it makes a difference! after a few blocks of little swervies though, my tires are warm and ready to chase the cars with the bubble gum on the top... if you want, get a gadget! that's the beauty of 919s...endless gadgets work on them, personalization is what they crave!

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