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Just purchased one with no owners manual. just wanted to know the tyre pressures and engine oil type recommended. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated

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Go with 20w50 motor oil. No synthetic lubricants. Look at the sidewall of both tires. There will be a 'MAX PSI' embossed on the tire. It will probably say Max 55 PSI. At 55psi the bike will ride like a rock. At 15psi it will ride really squirrely. Find a psi at which you feel the bike handles well and rides well. One rider may weigh 125 pounds and the next rider may weigh 300 pounds. The best psi for each rider will be different due to weight. Chances are that 30 to 45 psi will do the trick. Please take a moment to rate my answer. Thanks.

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