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Is it recommendable to lower the tyre pressure of a touring bike from 2.7MPa to 1.3MPa for riding gravel roads?

A touring bike is not made for gravel roads due to its short suspension travel. To ride a gravel road mountain pass I have been recommended to lower the tyre pressure to 1.3MPa. Is this recommendable?

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    tom_dreye856 Jan 17, 2014

    no not mpa try kpa psi or bar

  • eric white
    eric white Feb 09, 2014

    i ride a cb 500 x and dont alter my tyre pressure when on primitive roads....i alter my speed and aggressiveness in turns and braking

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Well, after you're pass the gravel road, is there a way to replace the air once you're back on pavement?

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You can buy air cannisters with adaptor tube to reflate tyres

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This is not a cheap solution, but if you have the standard seat, you can purchase the lower seat from Honda which is 20mm lower than the standard one.

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it is best to go with the mfsti, the psi listed on the tire itself but there are some things you can do to adjust this. less ait about 5 10 pounds will give you a softer tire and better handleing. the trade off on this will be faster wear of the tire. over inflating it will give much better feul mileage sharper (not better but you will feel the effect of faster handleing going into and coming out of leans.) the trade off is going to be faster tread wear in the center of the tire. you are going to want to make sure the front and back are the same. i did a under inflate in the front and an over inflate on the rear and it gave me the feel that i liked in the bike. play around with it and have fun.

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I purchased a dirt bike that exhibited the same behavior. The motorcycle would snap your neck on a jump and take a nose dive (making jumps no fun). It turns out the rear suspension valving was set to Zero spring tension. You have no adjustment on your spring tension and the adjustment mechanism and shock are one assembly (about $970). I suspect you are getting a false reading on the shock pressure and it is actually zero pressure or too soft. This could be caused by a broken hose, a leaking fitting or a blocked hose going from the pump motor to the shock (Pressure reading at the motor but no pressure to the shock. It is also possible the shock seal is blown. This would normally make a big mess under the machine, but if it happened before you purchased it, it was cleaned up and is now dry and no longer making a mess. If you have a loose fitting a simple tightening should do to regain pressure. If the hose is broken you may have to adapt a hose from a different bike to fix the leak. It is often possible to replace the oil in a shock even though it is not designed to be serviced. If the seal is blown there are many talented shock rebuilders that may be able to replace the seal. Honda has no replacement parts available so if the motor is bad you will have to buy new or used off EBAY or salvage to find a replacement. Typically to set your suspension: you load the bike the way you are going to ride (all the gear, passenger, etc) then you sit on the cycle and bounce. You want the cycle to drop front and back at the same time. This is the correct riding configuration for all riding conditions. Unfortunately, I suspect that upon close inspection of your rear shock absorber you may have to replace the complete assembly to return the bike to it's original ride.

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