Since I got my new C14 a month and a half ago, I developed a new OCD type obsession. Because the bike has tire pressure sensors, I'm always aware of the PSI on the tires. This can be good for somebody that's right in the head, but I'm not. I have a problem. When I'm riding, everything needs to be right:
- The armor on my pants has to be exactly centered on my knee
- my ass has to be exactly centered and touching the back of the seat
- the leather in my gloves cannot ever be folded or crunched up between my hands and the grips
- the tire pressure has to be reading at least 40psi
- both tires have to change readings at the same time, as tire warms up
the list goes on and on... You may ask:"How do you think about the riding itself and avoid crashing?" I don't know...When all the items on my OCD list are correct I guess...
My question is, the OEM says the tires have to be a certain pressure when cold. In my case 42psi. What do the mean by COLD???? Do they mean summer 6 o'clock in the morning cold? Do they mean winter 40 degrees cold? Do they mean bike parked for a few hours in the summer sun cold? What do they F_ING mean??? I'd love to cross this item from my OCD list...
If I fill the tires "cold" at noon, they will be a couple of PSI down next day at 6am. If I fill them at 6am, they will be a couple of PSI over at noon, even if the bike is parked for hours in the morning. I know that a underinflated tire has more grip but heats up more, which can lead to tire failure at freeway speeds. Also, an overinflated tire has a smaller contact patch.
This week alone I've stopped at gas stations to "dial in" my tire pressure maybe 5 times. I bought different tire pressure gauges to double check my tire pressure sensor on the bike. I'm going crazy.
Anyone has some light to shed on what OEMs mean by "cold" ????