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I looked for this but couldnt find it, curious what everyone is running in their tires.. the guy i bought my bike from i have kept it at what he ran it at.. let me know what you guys think about this, if its to much or what. thanks

2002 gsxr 600 34lb front, 36lb rear....
 

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Every tire brand and model is different. Everyone prefers a different feel when they ride, however, I doubt that 95% of sportbike owners even considered experimenting with tire pressure to see what they actually like. Instead, they just look at the manual or sidewall of the tire and air it up to that. Believe it or not, if you are a very seasoned/knowledgeable rider you can tell when your tires are a little off your preferred psi (even just 2 psi). With that said, I ride the street with Pilot Powers and ride 32f/28r psi cold pressure. On the track with Dunlop N-techs its 29f/20r cold pressure or 32f/23r hot pressure.
 

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Thats if they even check it:headscrat
So true...even if they own a quality tire gauge and not one of those pen ones :headshake
 

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whats up,
I looked for this but couldnt find it, curious what everyone is running in their tires.. the guy i bought my bike from i have kept it at what he ran it at.. let me know what you guys think about this, if its to much or what. thanks

2002 gsxr 600 34lb front, 36lb rear....
I WAS running stock recommended tire pressures (I think they were 36 psi front and rear for my k8 600), until I had my suspension set for my weight. The shop to me that I should lower them down to 32 psi, which I promptly did and noticed a (good) difference right away!

It will depend on you though. I weigh in at a lightweight 130 fully dressed, so those pressures feel right for me.
 

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if you do a lot of freeway riding higher pressure will help with the tire getting flat in the middle (36-40 psi) but if you do freeway and twisties between 31-33 i constantly adjust my pressure. you can extend your tire life some too. in the end its all what you like for your riding style.
 

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I didn't experiment with the air pressures on the GSXRs much, but I could definitely tell when they were off. But, on the R6 I have now, the current front tire (Pirelli Diablo Street) must be between 32-35 psi cold or the front end feels wrong. The rear (Bridgestone BT-021) can vary a bit more, but I still like it to be between 32-38 cold.

Those are street pressures. I haven't gotten the R6 onto the track yet, so I don't really know what I will end up with there.
 

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I didn't experiment with the air pressures on the GSXRs much, but I could definitely tell when they were off. But, on the R6 I have now, the current front tire (Pirelli Diablo Street) must be between 32-35 psi cold or the front end feels wrong. The rear (Bridgestone BT-021) can vary a bit more, but I still like it to be between 32-38 cold.

Those are street pressures. I haven't gotten the R6 onto the track yet, so I don't really know what I will end up with there.
Damn 32-38 that's a big differences.
 

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I didn't experiment with the air pressures on the GSXRs much, but I could definitely tell when they were off. But, on the R6 I have now, the current front tire (Pirelli Diablo Street) must be between 32-35 psi cold or the front end feels wrong. The rear (Bridgestone BT-021) can vary a bit more, but I still like it to be between 32-38 cold.

Those are street pressures. I haven't gotten the R6 onto the track yet, so I don't really know what I will end up with there.
Stepped over to the "Dark Side" huh Chango :lol:. Once you go R6 on the track, you never go back.
 

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That's what I'm hoping. I'm really not that happy with the R6 on the street. It's not that it's a bad bike or anyhting, it's just not lighting my fire. Maybe once I get it to the track I'll feel differently about it.
 

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Every tire brand and model is different. Everyone prefers a different feel when they ride, however, I doubt that 95% of sportbike owners even considered experimenting with tire pressure to see what they actually like. Instead, they just look at the manual or sidewall of the tire and air it up to that. Believe it or not, if you are a very seasoned/knowledgeable rider you can tell when your tires are a little off your preferred psi (even just 2 psi). With that said, I ride the street with Pilot Powers and ride 32f/28r psi cold pressure. On the track with Dunlop N-techs its 29f/20r cold pressure or 32f/23r hot pressure.

to be honest i haven't even tried other tire pressures because i dont know what is just dangerous and whats ok. i just kept it at what the guy ran it at that i bought the bike from.
 

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That's what I'm hoping. I'm really not that happy with the R6 on the street. It's not that it's a bad bike or anyhting, it's just not lighting my fire. Maybe once I get it to the track I'll feel differently about it.
Chango If you dont mind me asking why did ya go with the 6 as opposed to the gsxr? I have herd that there clutch will not take very much "abuse" do you if there is any truth to that? I have a buddy that has the R1 and he has all ready changed his and the bike is only two yrs old.
 

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Chango If you dont mind me asking why did ya go with the 6 as opposed to the gsxr? I have herd that there clutch will not take very much "abuse" do you if there is any truth to that? I have a buddy that has the R1 and he has all ready changed his and the bike is only two yrs old.
In my experience with R6 track/race bikes the clutch friction plates don't last near as long as the GSXR's. I was replacing my clutch in the R6 every season and on my GSXR's every 2-3 years on track bikes. Street bikes is a whole other ballgame. In the R6's when I did replace them I was getting more life with DP Braking clutch kits plus you don't have to pre-soak the rings.
 

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In my experience with R6 track/race bikes the clutch friction plates don't last near as long as the GSXR's. I was replacing my clutch in the R6 every season and on my GSXR's every 2-3 years on track bikes. Street bikes is a whole other ballgame. In the R6's when I did replace them I was getting more life with DP Braking clutch kits plus you don't have to pre-soak the rings.
ok... thanks thats what i was looking for as I was looking at getting one for the track.
How do you think it (R6) would hold up with some one that is getting back into it(me) and has not been on a track since 97?
 

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The newer R6 (06+) is a twitchy bike. It flicks from side to side so fast and dives into turns with pretty much no effort. Of course that can be attributed to how some people set up the geometry but even without messing with geometry other than for tire set up, the R6 is my favorite track bike. Street riders who own R6's and don't ride track say their R6 is somewhat disappointing because they say it's slow in low rpm. Well, duh...it's a freakin race bike and it thrives above 11k-12k rpm. Mid-range and highend, the GSXR can't keep up, especially if you tweak the R6 motor and get a good map made. You will not see as many R6 racing this year like last year due to Yamaha not paying out as much in the club level. Suzuki and Kawi are paying out still.
 
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