42 psi? it must ride like a Conestoga wagon? that is the pressure for MAX LOAD on the tire ~1200#? even then? my back hurts too much to run max PSI. owners manual states 32/32 unless riding with MAX LOAD then 42 in back. ~40/60% weight distribution fr/rr on bikes.
machines ride smoother with 32, more rubber on ground to stop and turn. think cue ball vs racket ball dragged across kitchen counter, which has more grip? guy told me he had hard tail HD and ran 15 PSI in the back tire, I bet that was a nice smooth ride... til hit a pothole and the back end wanted to go over the top. that wud be exhilarating. he probably could have gone to 12. tire wouldn't last forever, ... they don't last forever anyway.
tire ppl say 5 years is pretty much max life for a tire, from the DOT stamp on sidewall. another shop (chain) said they wont work on tires over 7 years old cuz of liability. I got OLD 2003 tires on my old 4x4, I run them 26 for smoother ride... and .... 55 is plenty fast in that old thing that seldom goes out of town... cuz tires are cracking...armor all makes them look... better though
My MC tire lasted 5 yrs with min mileage and the tread came separated from cord. it was rated for 1100#, current MC tire 827#. bike weighs 800#, 40/60% wt split... Max load on 1200 380#.... on 1800's 430#, on 1500's...?
WOW 104 load index? (why cant they just put it in #'s?) The higher the tire's load index
number, the greater its load
carrying capacity. ... Using an LT235/75R15 104
Range C tire as an example, the load index
/101. 104 corresponds to 1,984 pounds
, and 101 corresponds to 1,819 pounds. OH my aching back. 32 would be PLENTY of PSI. the 185 65 15 CT I got has max load of ~1200#, too bad I cldnt get it to fit on wheel.
might turn better with less PSI in the tires as the tread would stay flatter in the turn from less PSI. owners manual/tire pressure in car jamb of cars/trucks states... 26-28 psi unless fully loaded with ppl. I go with 26 on the ruff roads around here. tires are cheaper than a new front end rebuild... $2000? from ball joints/A frame bushings being beat out.
im all for it, otherwise. make it fit, pump the shocks up, let the tires down ? it is SUCH A CHORE to get that tire/wheel on/off that a person really does not want to do it very often... I don't. good to see u got tire that fit that is close to the factory tire... 160 80 16? I read tht some ppl have gotten the 195 60 15 tire in tween the swingarms, that is a pretty big jump in width... real big, with 25.4mm to an inch... = inch wider? and shorter tire= more rev's. 300 more rev's?
the 1200 is supposed to be able to fit 165 80 15 in place of the 150 90 15, close in all measurements. too bad there is just a LITTLE too much difference tween the MC wheel @ 15.080" and the Car tire/wheel size of 14.968 = .112" or .056" wud need to be removed to get CT on 1200 wheel. go with it, make it fit... or turn up the stereo and enjoy the RIDE. Happy Motoring, (Exxon's motto... #1 corp in the US, WM #2)