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  • limpn Posts: 447
    Wollongong Nsw
    Stage 1 Poster limpn
    05 Mar 2018 09:19 AM

    Gents

    so yesterday I witnessed something amazing , myself and the family went for a trip down to aussie capital for the weekend. (in the car)

    anyway we pulled into a servo in GOLD CREEK . I witnessed a bloke on a wide glide putting air into his tyres ..

    next thing a huge bannngggggg the tyre exploded in his face.

    I went over to see if he was ok . he said his ears where ringing ..

    he also said he was trying to put 32psi into his front tyre ..

    makes me wonder what else is everyone running ?? has this ever happened to anyone before ?

    I normally put 32 psi front 36psi rear ??


  • speedzter Posts: 1761
    The 'Rat
    Motor Head speedzter
    05 Mar 2018 10:06 AM
    Posted by Hilly on 05 Mar 2018 09:46 AM

    Wonder if the servo guage was fucked?

     Yes, never trust a servo guage !

  • Steve L Posts: 1248
    Gold Coast
    Performance Poster Steve L
    05 Mar 2018 10:38 AM
    I run 40 front and 42 rear on 2013 Street Glide. 
  • limpn Posts: 447
    Wollongong Nsw
    Stage 1 Poster limpn
    05 Mar 2018 11:03 AM

    the noise it made was incredible

    bloke was gutted and called Harley assistance line for a tow.

    I might start putting 36/40 in mine then..


  • loopie Posts: 445
    Stage 1 Poster loopie
    05 Mar 2018 11:35 AM
    a tire wouldnt blow even if you put 80 psi in it.  maybe user error and he had the pump set too inflate constantly  not set too automatic. or the tyre had a major fault and was about too blow while riding it   , then he is a lucky guy..  either way  i bet you he shit his pants big time   hhhhaaa
  • WideglidingNZ Posts: 126
    Stock Poster WideglidingNZ
    05 Mar 2018 12:00 PM
    I run 38 front & 40 rear on my Wideglide
  • Evo Posts: 403
    S/E Qld
    Stage 1 Poster Evo
    05 Mar 2018 12:09 PM
    Posted by WideglidingNZ on 05 Mar 2018 11:00 AM
    I run 38 front & 40 rear on my Wideglide

     Same.  Tyre pressure should not matter as it is per sq inch.  Thinking faulty tyre.

  • Bonkerz Posts: 3445
    Forum Legend Bonkerz
    05 Mar 2018 02:17 PM
    +1 Faulty tyre.  He should do a fucking happy dance since it didn't happen while he was riding.
  • limpn Posts: 447
    Wollongong Nsw
    Stage 1 Poster limpn
    05 Mar 2018 02:57 PM

    she did go off like a bang.. I was about 25m away and I shit myself.. he was laying on the ground hence why I ran over to help me out.. he said the machine said it had 26psi in the tyre and the machine had 32psi on it when I had a look... I couldn't believe the noise it made...


  • Lowrider762 Posts: 46
    Stock Poster Lowrider762
    05 Mar 2018 03:10 PM
    I run 32psi Front and 40PSI Rear on the trusty FXDL. I have seen tyres blow at the servo but has only ever been on pushy's and that also scares the shit out of you.
  • paulybronco Posts: 11435
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    05 Mar 2018 03:32 PM
    36/42 in my street glide
  • JFE Posts: 1502
    NSW
    Motor Head JFE
    05 Mar 2018 04:00 PM
    FXDF: 36 front, 38 rear. Avon Cobra’s.

    I only fill em up at home and test with a seperate gauge as needed. Never trust the servo pumps but if I have to, I like the digital ones at Woolies. Will retest next day with the gauge and adjust as needed.
  • Arron Posts: 173
    WA
    Stock Poster Arron
    05 Mar 2018 04:31 PM
    Have had an old wheelbarrow tire go on me when trying to inflate it  , lower pressures than mentioned here but still gave me a fright and had some of the neighbors looking to see what had exploded.
  • Hound_Dog Posts: 1835
    Motor Head Hound_Dog
    06 Mar 2018 11:40 AM
    Normally being 2 up 42 rear 38 front. Ive seen servo gauges so far out its not funny. Always have my own gauge. Did 42 once on servo gauge and checked...well over 50. Potentially lethal.
  • Wideglider Posts: 551
    NSW
    Performance Poster Wideglider
    06 Mar 2018 08:55 PM
    Posted by Hound_Dog on 06 Mar 2018 11:40 AM
    Normally being 2 up 42 rear 38 front. Ive seen servo gauges so far out its not funny. Always have my own gauge. Did 42 once on servo gauge and checked...well over 50. Potentially lethal.

     +1.  I normally inflate tyres at home before a ride (so tyres are cold) with portable 12V compressor & separate gauge that both fit into my bike's tool roll. This way I give the compressor a good run/check & with the separate good quality gauge I know pressures are correct. If away & I do use a servo pump then double check with my own gauge.

  • SRV72 Posts: 119
    Nth NSW
    Stock Poster SRV72
    06 Mar 2018 08:56 PM
    This story has got me slightly worried. Can any one recommend a good gauge you can carry on you then? Most servos around me don't have the digital gauge. The old type are shocking I reckon. Its just a guess. Would be good to have a small pocket size digital gauge.
  • Smokey61 Posts: 699
    Townsville
    Performance Poster Smokey61
    06 Mar 2018 09:35 PM
    Posted by Hound_Dog on 06 Mar 2018 11:40 AM
    Normally being 2 up 42 rear 38 front. Ive seen servo gauges so far out its not funny. Always have my own gauge. Did 42 once on servo gauge and checked...well over 50. Potentially lethal.

     Yup. Filled my Trump's tyres at a Shell servo and as soon as I hit the road the bike felt like it was ice skating.

  • Daggs Posts: 2415
    Lower South East, South Aust.
    Motor Head Daggs
    06 Mar 2018 09:45 PM
    Could be inaccurate yes but wouldn’t have thought it would be that far out it would blow the tyre
  • OILLEAK2008 Posts: 110
    Stock Poster OILLEAK2008
    07 Mar 2018 01:34 AM
    And the magic question I was expecting to read is:..............................

    How often in real terms do you blokes actually check the pressures???  For general running around I only bother about every month. Generally, they seem to loose maybe 3 - 4 PSI over that period at the most.
    The only time I am really hell bent on spot on exacting PSI otherwise is when I have a long run/tour starting the next morning or if I know I am off for a day ride where the others in the pack dont just cruise and enjoy the trip and instead think they are mick doohan on a HD. 

    So what do others do????
  • paulybronco Posts: 11435
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    07 Mar 2018 03:36 AM
    Posted by OILLEAK2008 on 07 Mar 2018 01:34 AM
    And the magic question I was expecting to read is:..............................

    How often in real terms do you blokes actually check the pressures???  For general running around I only bother about every month. Generally, they seem to loose maybe 3 - 4 PSI over that period at the most.
    The only time I am really hell bent on spot on exacting PSI otherwise is when I have a long run/tour starting the next morning or if I know I am off for a day ride where the others in the pack dont just cruise and enjoy the trip and instead think they are mick doohan on a HD. 

    So what do others do????

     Only have to a few hundred meters to feel that either front or back ain’t feeling the same as last time

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