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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-23-2013, 06:34 AM Thread Starter
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I've been shopping around for a tire pressure monitoring system and have kinda settled on Tire Watch being my first choice. Anyone out there using this on a XC? The device mounts internally and the manufacture gave me the "99%" thumbs up that it would fit. Hmmm....

Not sure i want to "try it" just to maybe find out otherwise.

Anyway, in case anyone is interested here's a good article on motorcycle TPMS - from 2010...
http://www.ironbutt.com/ibmagazine/IBMag4-p76-83.pdf
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-23-2013, 08:21 AM
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I have this one, albeit I bought it from Hawks Head

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/121228597657?lpid=82

Generally, I'm pretty happy with it, although the front sensor doesn't seem to register when the ambient temps are below 65 degrees, unless a major change in pressure occurs.

I'm considering replacing it with the latest unit that Hawks Head sells here...

http://www.tpms.ca/MOTORCYCLE.html

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We have the TireGard system on 3 of our bikes now and it's worked fine for years. I've had it on a total of 5bikes now and would recommend it. I can't imagine riding without some sort of a TPMS anymore. It gives you a lot of peace of mind to know your psi all the time at a glance.

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RideOn sells a very simple inexpensive and, based on my experience, dependable system.
It consists of two valve caps that contain a pressure monitor. If you inflate your tire to lets say 40#, the caps will set themselves to that pressure and at a loss of 10 percent (4#) an l.e.d.in the top of the cap will blink continuously until the situation is corrected.
Makes it very easy and the easier it is the more likely your tires will be inflated properly for a safe enjoyable ride.
Just another option to consider.

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Thanks a bunch for the feedback. Tireguard got trashed pretty good in the iba review on reliability so I'm hesitant about it. I agree about the importance of having one - likely will get something soon!


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3 years and I did replace ONE sensor that became intermittent...other than that...VERY happy with this setup.

http://www.tiresafeguard.com/prices.htm

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Thanks - youve got to be happy about three years! do you keep the monitor in your pocket when you ride or mainly use it to check before taking off?

On the RideOn system, i know i probably just got unlucky, but i tried it and both the front and rear sensors leaked! it was great that i could tell i was low - not so great i was low all the time.



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It's mounted on my left side using a ram mount...the battery in it will last about 3 FULL DAYS of riding or for about 10 days with intermittent riding without having to recharge...but you can also recharge using the AC outlet on the fair. There is an option to HARDWIRE it...but this is so much more convenient. This way when I get off my bike for the day when traveling...I just grab my GPS and my TMPS...lock'em up...and all is good.

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It's mounted on my left side using a ram mount...the battery in it will last about 3 FULL DAYS of riding or for about 10 days with intermittent riding without having to recharge...but you can also recharge using the AC outlet on the fair. There is an option to HARDWIRE it...but this is so much more convenient. This way when I get off my bike for the day when traveling...I just grab my GPS and my TMPS...lock'em up...and all is good.
Artie, some more questions, as I've been looking to get a system:

1) What particular RAM cradle do you use for it?

2) Is the monitor unit waterproof, or do you have to take it off when it's raining?

3) Do the tires have to be spinning, or can you check the pressures before you get on the bike? If you can check before heading out, are the readings based on the values when the bike was parked, or are the values current?

I'm a little annoyed at Tire-SafeGuard, in that if you click on the motorcycle link at their web site, it just takes you to an Amazon page. I'd rather that they provided a complete description on their own web site, but that may just be me...

Thanks for your help.

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Hey Bill...

I use a just a ram mount (I'll post a picture when I get home from work)...and a ball attachment with flat surface. I used VELCRO and lined the entire surface (so I get a good bond (both adhesive side and velcro side). Then I lined the back of the MONITOR with velcro with cutouts for the switches. It works well, has never come off and I can removed it QUICKLY when leaving the bike parked.

1. I'll provide part numbers later today.
2. Unit is not waterproof, however I carry a bag to cover it...or if it's gonna be a gully washer...I just pull it off and stick in my pocket (you can do that even while riding).
3. Tires DO NOT have to be spinning. However, if the bike sits for a period of time, it goes into sleep mode and when woke up (any movement of the bike at all) the readings will return.
4. The values are CURRENT, however a few times I noticed that they for some reason or another retained the last reading briefly before updating.
5. Amazon - Yep, I ordered through them. But the time I needed the sensor, I called their support number and he took my CC info right over the phone...but he's in California so beware of the time of day you call him.

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