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According to Suzuki 33/36psi (front/rear) is what is recommended for single rider and for 2-up. So for my weight I've just been running 33/36psi. I was thinking if I should run a higher psi, should I?

Tires are next on the todo list for my bike. Just finished up race tech springs/emulators and elka 2-way.
 

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Thanks for the advice/tips.

On another note, how bad are the stock tires? This is my first bike ever so I have nothing to compared too. I mainly just ride around town, no twisties or anything yet. There's about 1k miles on the bike/tires. Debating if i should just ride these out or switch to a better tire sooner?
 

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welcome to the world of motorcycles.

most here agree the stock tires are not the best, but if it's your first bike you probably won't be able to exceed their capabilities. (no offense meant, that's just reality.) concentrate on improving your skills and gaining valuable expierience, wear the original tires out, then upgrade.
 

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welcome to the world of motorcycles.

most here agree the stock tires are not the best, but if it's your first bike you probably won't be able to exceed their capabilities. (no offense meant, that's just reality.) concentrate on improving your skills and gaining valuable expierience, wear the original tires out, then upgrade.
thanks! no offense taken, was just a little paranoid since everyone seems to despise the stock tires around here. but you do make a good point that my skills < the stock tires. i'll keep them until i wear them down then upgrade!
 

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I have an 05 with 600 miles on stock tires. But it is an 05 so the tires are 4 years old and hard as hell. I don't ride hard but I seem to loose the back end at least once a day on dry pavement. Just coming home tonight I almost dumped it pulling out of a parking spot. Does anyone know if these old tires will get stickier over time? O, and to stay on topic I run 33/36 Psi. Ill overinflated tires on a car, but never on a bike.
 

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Part of the problem with the stock tire is they are greasy when cold.... which probably explains the parking lot thing...

The stock tire is ok as a basic tire.... but not up to sporty standards... probably better on a less sport oriented bike or in the summer when the roads are hot

I drove on bridgestones and later on Conti Road Attacks on my 99 there is a huge difference in how they feel... and by comparison the stock ones I have on the new 06 bike are greasy lumps of turd... the profile is too flat for me, I find they track the road more also I find take forever to warm up... and it always feels like the ass end is going to slide out if I push a corner too much.... now, unlike the stock tires the contis stuck well and did feel way better when starting into a turn...

But I did notice because of the flatter profile on the stockers, they are a touch better than the sportier tires on the piles of sanding gravel that is on the roads this time of year.. I'll have to try them on gravel roads to see how they work there too...

They are slicker than snot in the wet.... which is something I hate about any poor tire... the Contis were great in the wet though... and I hear RoadSmarts are just as good... if not better..

I wouldn't worry about replacing them right away... unless the sidewalls are cracking... but I would start saving up for better tires now... and I wouldn't let these things get anywhere near the wear bars... I'd get rid of them much sooner than that... but again you can probably ride them for a while.... just keep note of the grip and when it worsens.. toss them and get better tires..
 

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I have an 05 with 600 miles on stock tires. But it is an 05 so the tires are 4 years old and hard as hell. I don't ride hard but I seem to loose the back end at least once a day on dry pavement. Just coming home tonight I almost dumped it pulling out of a parking spot. Does anyone know if these old tires will get stickier over time? O, and to stay on topic I run 33/36 Psi. Ill overinflated tires on a car, but never on a bike.
you might want to get rid of 4 yr. old tires for the sake of safety. the rubber will start to crack as it hardens and dries out, may develop some leaks and may even fail suddenly. check the date of manufacture located on the sidewall after the DOT numbers. it indicates the week and year of manufacture. you may find they are even older than 4 yrs.
 

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you might want to get rid of 4 yr. old tires for the sake of safety. the rubber will start to crack as it hardens and dries out, may develop some leaks and may even fail suddenly. check the date of manufacture located on the sidewall after the DOT numbers. it indicates the week and year of manufacture. you may find they are even older than 4 yrs.
Here's how to determine the age of the tires.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=11&PID=2736596&AID=10398365&
 
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