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Old 03-03-2012, 02:16 PM   #16
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TMS is a great feature. Tire pressure gets checked way more than b4. Real world.
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:25 PM   #17
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Do you loose air in your tires alot ??.I check mine about every oh I don't know,maybe everytime I put on new tires OR as I walk up to my rig and It's noticable that one or more is low!!.I used to check my tires once a week or so and never found them to be more that 1-2 lbs low ( that I thought was normal ).Maybe I should check more often but never saw the need to.
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Old 03-04-2012, 03:28 AM   #18
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Reminds me of the problem here in the UK when some drivers on motorways ignore fog because the flashing lights didn't announce it's foggy !

The undeniable truth is that if the gizmo indicates a pressure issue, you still have to get down on your knees to deal with the problem.
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Old 03-04-2012, 04:43 AM   #19
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To me, the value of TPMS is not that you can check pressure more easily, but that if you pick up a nail and develop a slow leak for some other reason you may be able to pull in at the place of your choosing to deal with it without waiting until the handling gets dangerously squirrelly in a turn on a loaded bike in the middle of nowhere. You can also look for the 2 psi rise from cold to hot to confirm that your base tire pressure is correct for your load.

One thing I have learned is that if you use the external sensors, make sure they are on a straight metal stem and not a rubber stem. I understand the concern regarding bypassing the Schrader valve, but I have never had a problem with them. Mine can mount either way, but I use the external sensor because I have spare set of wheels that get swapped on and off depending on whether I am on a extended trip (Marathon 880's narrower rear wheel) or riding locally (sport tires with 180 rear).
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Old 03-04-2012, 06:30 AM   #20
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I had a version similar to that on the KLR for a while but the monitor wire kept getting wrapped up in the wheel.

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Old 03-04-2012, 11:32 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by DRONE View Post
Really, guys?
I hate crawling around in the dirt at a campsite or on the greasy pavement in a hotel parking lot checking my tire pressures
If you are crawling around in the dirt to check your tire pressure, you're doing it wrong.
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:45 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by tattoogunman View Post
Or just check the tire pressure before you ride and periodically on long rides with a $5 pressure gauge
Unrealistic for a day-to-day commuter.

I'd love a wireless gauge but can't justify the price tag - the next bike will have one. Too bad my 'strom will never die.
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