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11-14-2013, 04:02 PM,
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Checking rear tire pressue and filling
This is my first bike. A 2012 VStar 950 Tourer with the hard leather bags. Here is my question.
Is there an easier way to add air and check my tire pressure other than lying on my stomach?
Did it this way a few times at work but its a pain in the butt on the road.
Went to the Dealer and they checked and filled it for me but they kinda looked at me like I was a dumass
Any tricks for a new Rider?
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11-14-2013, 04:45 PM,
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RE: Checking rear tire pressue and filling
yeah, it is a pain on the back, even more with bags as you have to make sure that valve is at the bottom, laying on stomach, well guess to be more comfortable you can do that, usually am down on a knee to do it. which type of valve is on yours on the back, not sure if all bikes on back are like mine is or not, but my valve is a 90 degree so easier to get to, do not believe had that on my K1000P.
2006 VStar Stratoliner, Freedom Performance split dual exhaust, Mustang seats, Sissy bar with back rack, bolted saddlebags to mounts.
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11-14-2013, 04:57 PM,
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RE: Checking rear tire pressue and filling
Just be glad you don't have to check the oil on a 650... :)

John
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2011 V-Star 650 Custom (new in fall 2013)
V&H Cruzer Pipes, Memphis Shades Bat Wing, Floorboards, Highway Bars,
Locking Bags, Tail Rack, LED Signals & Aux Brake Lights, Headlight Modulator,
Brake Light Modulator, 5/8" Gel Pad Under Upholstery.
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11-14-2013, 05:09 PM,
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RE: Checking rear tire pressue and filling
John, think you have the same stinkin site glass that i have, i have mounted mirror to view it while sitting on the bike, works fine if was clean, which of course most of the time it is not, the glass or the mirror, so back down on stomach or back with a rag n spit.
2006 VStar Stratoliner, Freedom Performance split dual exhaust, Mustang seats, Sissy bar with back rack, bolted saddlebags to mounts.
Life's tough .. it's even tougher if you're stupid. - John Wayne

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11-14-2013, 05:17 PM,
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RE: Checking rear tire pressue and filling
@Thom57 I have a 2012 950 custom and even without the saddlebags it is a pain but, I can do both front and rear by bending over if the front one is forward and the rear one is aft. They both have short straight valves so a gauge with a right angle bend works best. No other suggestions for you. Augie
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11-14-2013, 06:58 PM,
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RE: Checking rear tire pressue and filling
(11-14-2013, 05:09 PM)Keith Wrote: John, think you have the same stinkin site glass that i have, i have mounted mirror to view it while sitting on the bike, works fine if was clean, which of course most of the time it is not, the glass or the mirror, so back down on stomach or back with a rag n spit.

Yeah...I carry a mirror on a stick and a flashlight - like you say, it works when the window is squeaky clean. I've also found that it's useless trying to check it with the mirror without warming the oil up a little - otherwise it forms a film on the inside of the glass and you can't see a thing.

I'd still like to meet the engineer that designed that system in a dark alley some time... LOL

John
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2011 V-Star 650 Custom (new in fall 2013)
V&H Cruzer Pipes, Memphis Shades Bat Wing, Floorboards, Highway Bars,
Locking Bags, Tail Rack, LED Signals & Aux Brake Lights, Headlight Modulator,
Brake Light Modulator, 5/8" Gel Pad Under Upholstery.
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11-14-2013, 08:22 PM,
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RE: Checking rear tire pressue and filling
i can't see why you would have to lay down to add air in the rear tire. i always go to the gas station to check/add air. i park my bike with the exhaust side facing the air machine. then roll the bike enough to where the rear tire stem is at about 10 o'clock position. then i just kinda kneel down with the hose and put it on. i have to kind of use both hands because there is not much room there, but i'm either squatting in a catcher's position or kneeling on a knee to do it. the only difficult part for me is that it is a tight space for my hands to apply the air hose onto the stem.
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11-14-2013, 09:16 PM,
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RE: Checking rear tire pressue and filling
@Thom57 welcome to the Crew. I had the same dilemma with my 1300. Solved it by having 90 degree angle metal valve stems fitted when it came time for new tires.

Gibbo
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