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I run at the recommended 36/42 psi tire pressure. Recently I have heard a lot of talk about going down a couple psi on each tire, even as low as 32 psi/tire. Been told this will increse tire traction in a straight line and cornering, while decreasing tire life and economy. Seeing that I would rather be safer and more confident with better traction, while only sacraficing having to buy new tires a few months early, this is appealing too me. What do you guys have to say about ecreased tire pressure for increased traction?
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I just actually went to suspension workshop 2 weeks ago and the guy who held it went through this topic. He said that for most sportbikes the ideal tire pressure is between 32-38 psi and the front and rear had the same pressure IF you didn't carry any passenger on the back. The pressure listed on the owner's manual or wherever you find on your bike are applicable for maximum load. If you do have a passenger once in while, you might wanna increase the rear by 2 or 3 psi more than the front. I'm no expert in this matter too but that's what I got, that's what I heard and that's what I just shared to everybody. Hope it'll help!
 

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Alvin...
Thanks for the info. What kind fo suspension workshop did you go to?

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I've run my front as low as 30psi...but I think that had more to do with the tire being an OEM that was just about through cooperating.
 

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The workshop I went to was in Redwood City, CA. I live in San Jose, about 20 minutes from there. It was held by a motorcycle expert chiropractor, Dr. Wong, who has been doing monthly suspension workshop for a year I guess with Gary Jaehne (sorry if I spell it wrong), an expert AFM racer and DP Safety School instructor. Doc Wong also does what he calls "riding clinic" every month. It's like a tutorial on a certain topic for street riding (cornering confidence etc.) followed by group riding. He's really cool, check out his website at www.docwong.com.
 
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