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    One Man Wolfpack Kent Niederhofer's Avatar
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    Tire Pressure Gauge

    The thread on tire pumps made me think about asking what a good precision tire pressure gauge for motorcycles might be? I'm interested in something that's very accurate in measuring pressure and can do so with some level of precision (for those occasional track days where you want to dial things in right). Any thoughts or observations out there?


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    04 1150RS bigsur52's Avatar
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    I use an old fashioned high quality analog gauge from brookstone that has an air bleed valve (button) on the gauge as well as a foot long hose for reaching any awkwardly positioned valve stem on the tire. With bags and exhaust system it can be awkward to reach the tire valve on the rear wheel without the flexible hose.
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    MOA #24991 Pauls1150's Avatar
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    Been discussed before, but I'll chime in my 1.5 cents' worth anyway -

    When I was using ǣpencil gauges, I would buy three different ones. Then I would measure one tire being careful not to let any ǣextra escape and get three different readings. The gauge with the highest reading and the gauge with the lowest reading got tossed into the trash, and I kept the middle one. Pencil gauges' springs DO wear over time, and they have internal friction that changes with age and temperature.
    I now use a digital gauge I have compared it side by side with many other gauges, and its right on. By the way, mine is the gen-you-whine BMW gauge: its about $22 US, and in ten years when its battery dies, I will trade it in for a new one! Theyve been selling these for many years now, and the package says Lifetime Warranty AND return for replacement! Cant beat that. It has a 45-degree head, so its easy to get to the valve stem on my mag wheels.

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    +1 on the Brookstone. Don't know if they are still selling the same model as I bought 20 years ago, but mine is still spot-on. Large analog gauge and bleeder are plusses for me. I've had good luck with a couple of inexpensive pencil gauges, too. One from NAPA (about 5 bucks) and one came in the tool kit of a Kawasaki Concours I bought in 1993 (imagine that!) They all agree within less than a pound. The NAPA lives in the fairing pocket of my RT for travel use; the Brookstone is the garage tool.


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    Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat Omega Man's Avatar
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    I'm a fan of the Accu-gauge-

    Been using them for a accurate fill check for many years. OM
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    Longacre dial guage. not that expensive if you look at the length of use you are going to have it. I am using the same one I have used for years of racing and riding. 0-60 lb. dead on. I check accuracy often.

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    Pusser's Pyrate Society Zygmund's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by omega man View Post
    i'm a fan of the accu-gauge-

    been using them for a accurate fill check for many years. Om
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    There was a pretty interesting two-part article in the MOA Owners News about tire pressure gauges awhile back:
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    I use this one. I find it very accurate to the RT's TPM? I bought mine at Sears but it's also here at RoadGear.

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    Jack Herbst
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbaliko View Post
    I use this one. I find it very accurate to the RT's TPM? I bought mine at Sears but it's also here at RoadGear.

    I have one of these also that I bought from Road Gear and like it a lot. I have used many different digital and analog but this beats them all IMHO.

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    Has anyone mentioned that (aside from reasonable accuracy and consistency) the MOST IMPORTANT thing is that you don't lose air when trying to check tire air pressure? I like my under $5 pencil guage from Canadian Tire. It registers 5-50 lbs, has that very important feature, and when checked against a digital guage (more expensive and which has since died) it registered 1.5 lb high. Must check out my other guages on a truck tire. Throw out those that are way off or let out air, label the consistent ones for small adjustments.

    For our bycicles I use a hand pump with a guage. Actually, that is what I use for the bike or vehicles which need a few pounds of pressure. Very accurate guage.

    Good to have an accurate guage on the road, though frankly I've never had a problem with tires losing air. Only down 2-3 pounds after my bike sits idle for 5 months in the winter. No flats. Maybe I've just been lucky.
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