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    Having to change rear tyre due to ruddy great nail or something. Going for Avon Spirit ST for a change.

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    Tyres-20170903_123702-1-jpg This was saturday, that is me extracting it . I carry a stop and go plug kit and as I was only twenty minutes from home I rode home and then pulled the nail. One never knows it may just have been a tac, but no. I plugged it with my own kit. I am heading off in two weeks time to N Wales from SW France and back again so took the wheel off and had the tyre repaired at my local tyre shop. This tyre has only done 500kms at most, why is it always when you fit new rubber

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    Never mind, could have been worse.

    I was chatting to a guy yesterday who has some upmarket Audi with 21" (!?) wheels. Car doesn't have a spare, only a compressor and a can of goo. So he repairs the tyre with goo, then takes it to his Audi dealer to get the tyre repaired.

    "Sorry, Sir, we can't repair a tyre that's been filled with goo, you'll have to buy a new one at £xxx. And by the way, we don't keep that size in stock as the 21" wheels are an optional extra, it's 2-3 days delivery."

    So he has to pay up, but decides to get a spare wheel, even though there's no well in the boot of that particular model for a spare. So how much is a wheel? "1200, Sir." That's a bare wheel, without a tyre or a pressure sensor, which apparently is essential because it fits around the valve. So he's looking at nearly 2 grand for a spare, which will take up most of the luggage room in the boot!

    I suggested he carries a Stop-and-Go plugger (cost approx. 20) that uses silicon plugs that don't use any goo, so at least the tyre would be repairable in future. To misquote George Orwell, "Two wheels good, four wheels bad."
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    I ran the original Dunlop front to 10500 miles - that was scary shit when cornering. Aside from the butt puckering ride quality with a badly worn front I've never had issue with the OEM tyres or the Sportmax that replaces them. At this point I'm running Bridgestone Battlax BT023 front and rear and they seem OK for now. Hard to tell though give the state the front was in, anything would feel better than that!

    Going to go for a set of Continental TKC 70: TKC 70 Dual Sport Tyre | Continental Motorcycle UK next me things.. I'll get them in before the others wear out though and change them myself when the time comes.

    One things that always bothers me about tyres on a powerful bike is the front lasting longer than the rear
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    Not come across the TKC70's. I've used TKC80's on a trail bike with success, but obviously they are a bit too offroad focussed and would wear out in no time on a MT-09. Let us know how you get on with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Littlebruv View Post
    I know there as been a number of threads concerning the original Jap Dunlops and apparently saying how bad in the wet they are supposed to be but maybe it's just the way some people must ride in the wet, the reason I am saying this is because recently I've done 2 trips to Belgium, one to Spa and the other to Chimay, both times had major downpours for about an hour, the TCS was set to 2 and mode B and the tyres were good, I was not hanging about either getting along at speed....anyone else agree who found original tyres ok
    I usually keep my tyre pressures at around 40psi rear & 36psi front
    I have had my Tracer for less than a week. It is a fantastic machine! Now to my question. The guys at the Yamaha dealer recommended 32psi front and rear -- considerably lower than Littlebruv. I'd appreciate additional thoughts. Thanks.

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    Hi Jaimef
    Thx for the reply. I suppose things that I have always been taught is to do with weight and setup to each owns riding preference....Weight of the rider and if carrying luggage and the way you ride.
    I will not argue with the Yamaha dealers mechanics but 32psi seems low for the rear, I usually have about 36/38psi unloaded for the rear, I have not had any problems with the pressures I use on any of the bikes I have had but will always look forward to any of your replies concerning your experience with tyre pressures

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    Had to replace my rear recently. Fitted Avon Spirit and Avon confirmed as per handbook, 36psi front 42psi rear. Hope this helps.

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    36 front and around 40 rear is more of the recommended pressures is what I usually know, 32psi is near race track pressure

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    PR4 are the best on 36/42 psi.. they appear some differrences in pressure as the weather gets colder or warmer. For summer riding 36/42 is recommended.. when in winter some lower pressure could help the "warming-up" when the tyres seems "frozen".
    36/42 also helps in long milleage and life of tyres.
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