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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-01-2019, 04:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Randy Hawes View Post
Fossil, are you talking psi in the rear tires or in the air suspension?

Mike, I know the guys above are experienced and have good knowledge. But I disagree with trying to level the trike by changing air pressure in the tires. You're not gonna be on that road all the time. Many roads, especially some of the interstates, have much less of a canter if any. There, you're going to feel you're leaning to the left. Do you want to repeatedly stop and adjust your air pressure?

Varying the psi between the tires can cause (1 the trike to pull to the side with the less pressure, (2 unequal tire wear, (3 affect the brake performance. And I'm sure there's more.

I simply try to keep an equal psi. If I feel a lean, I look at the vehicle in front of me. If that also appears to be leaning, I keep going. If the vehicle, or the road, ahead appear to be closer to level, depending how much my trike is leaning, I may stop at the next available place to pull over safely, or continue to the next service center.
Yes Randy, I was talking about rear suspension. I too agree with you and run the same psi in both tires. That leaning of the trike with a crowned road I basically ignore. As for tire pressure I usually run 23-24 psi.

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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-01-2019, 06:54 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, good info. I'll play with the air pressure and check the shock adjustment.
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Good point Randy. Thanks for clarifying the way Fossil, those docs really helped..
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I'm surprised at the high tire pressure. I would think with the weight and tire size 16-18 psi would be about right. At 30 I doubt the tires can stay on the ground when going over bumps.
The lean to the right thing is due to road crown and in time you get so used to these things that feeling will just vanish.

Also when cornering you don't lean - use a stiff arm against the handlebar to keep your upper body secure and just have faith in the stability of the trike. Leaning is a bad habit that causes more problems for the riders.

As soon as the weather here warms up I am going to do a how to ride video for trikes to detail some of the do's and don'ts. To my knowledge no one has ever done a trike riding how to video.

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What size tires are y'all running?
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My 1500 trike had 60 series M/T's and if memory serves they were 16 inch rims. Don't quote me on that though, it's been over 25 years...

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