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    tire pressure for off-road riding
    on: Aug 10, 2021, 02.09 pm
    Aug 10, 2021, 02.09 pm
    I have a 2020 850 GSA which I like to ride off rode including sand. As recommended by experienced riders, I reduce the pressure in the tires to around 25 pounds. But I get warning light on the TFT stop immediately due to low pressure.
    Is 25 pounds too low?  Thanks for your time and opinions.

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    Re: tire pressure for off-road riding
    Reply #1 on: Aug 10, 2021, 03.11 pm
    Aug 10, 2021, 03.11 pm
    Watch this newly uploaded video.


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    Re: tire pressure for off-road riding
    Reply #2 on: Aug 14, 2021, 10.15 am
    Aug 14, 2021, 10.15 am
    I couldn't understand how people could recommend airing down heavy bikes, it always seems counterintuitive to me. My friends swear by it. I couldn't feel the difference whenever I experimented, so I started to keep an inbetween pressure in order to not get the low pressure light and not be at 100% street pressures.

    And then Brett's video came out and that helped convinve me that motocross pressures are not heavy adventure bike pressures. I'll probably be keeping higher pressures from now on.

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    Re: tire pressure for off-road riding
    Reply #3 on: Aug 14, 2021, 06.08 pm
    Aug 14, 2021, 06.08 pm
    I agree. I donít lower pressure. Why risk damaging a rim.  Most people who lower pressure on big bikes only ride gravel or hard packed where you actually donít really need it.  Just stand up and grip tank with legs and knees.  I would probably consider lowering pressure if I was in sand or mud and needed to but air back up as soon as I could. Realistically most of us donít ride in those conditions and Iím saying this as a person who has at least and probably more than 50% of riding off pavement

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    Re: tire pressure for off-road riding
    Reply #4 on: Aug 20, 2021, 02.54 pm
    Aug 20, 2021, 02.54 pm
    I understand the risk of wheel damage when running low tire pressure. However, low tire pressure is helpful in sand (tire is more on top of sand instead of cutting through it). That said, wheels are expensive, so I will not go lower than 30# in tires.   Thanks for the advice, especially the video.

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    Re: tire pressure for off-road riding
    Reply #5 on: Oct 02, 2021, 07.40 am
    Oct 02, 2021, 07.40 am
    It depends on the tire too how low you can go before the sidewalls cant protect the rim.

    I've ran the dunlop trailmax missions at 25psi F, 27psi R for extra help in sand. Other than that I run them 33psi F and 38psi R. When I ran them under 30PSI i got the warning light too. I went into the menu and was able to turn off the large warning about the tire pressures.

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    Re: tire pressure for off-road riding
    Reply #6 on: Oct 02, 2021, 02.23 pm
    Oct 02, 2021, 02.23 pm
    I air down when I go offroad.   25lbs front and rear.   Just because Tkacs says it's a myth doesn't mean it's true.  He doesn't offer any scientific proof only his opinion.  Personally, I can feel the difference especially when riding quickly through gravel and loose dirt.   The front end doesn't slide as much and grips much sooner when it does.   

    Too each his own.

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    Re: tire pressure for off-road riding
    Reply #7 on: Oct 03, 2021, 07.58 pm
    Oct 03, 2021, 07.58 pm
    I have no experience riding off-road, but if you do not want the TFT to warn you about low tyre pressure, then you can disable this option in the vehicle settings.

     



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