Some of us check our tires daily, some weekly, and some only do it when you take your bike in for service...if you own a touring bike, you are probably the latter.
Me having a 2012 Cross Country Tourer I would be in the latter group. This also means it is much more difficult get under the bike (especially the rear) to check tire pressures. And while I know that a TPMS does not replace a good TIRE inspection, it does part of the job by checking the tire pressure.
So I bought the Tire-SafeGuard and installed it on my bike.
I bought the device directly from the website, although they use Amazon.com for checkout. Amazon is usually incredibly SLOOOOW in shipping so I thought there was no way I would have it before a trip I had planned on (last) Sunday. But evidently the order information is directly to the company and 3 days later I get my TPMS in the (priority) mail.
The item was packaged very well and included a one page set of instructions. In the box was the LCD monitor, Charging adapter, 2 Tire Pressure monitors, and 2 locknuts. Instructions were simple as was the installation. Basically the hard part (not hard at all) was setting the alarms on the monitor. After setting those alerts (one for the temperatures and one for the pressures), the only thing left to do was to screw the tire pressure monitors onto the valve stems.
Once you do that, a wireless signal is sent to the monitor from the sensors. The monitor will alternate the tire pressures and temperatures from the front and back tires. There is a back light for night time viewing. Also a charge on the monitor itself will last 5 DAYS CONTINUOUS use since it has 2 different sleep modes, but it can also be hardwired using a cigarette adapter.
I mounted mine on the right handlebar low near the inside of the fairing using a ram mount and just velcroed the monitor to a flat ram mount plate. WORKED VERY WELL.
The TPMS arrived the day before I was going on a 2000 mile round trip to the East Coast, so I was able to set my tire pressures to the pressure I use on my bike (38psi on front and 40psi on the back). The tire temps at this point is the same as the ambient temperature.
Leaving from Arkansas on a day when it was 75 degrees, the front temperature got up to about 94 degrees at it's highest point, but the rear got up to about 119 degrees. The pressure on the front went from 38psi to about 44psi and the rear went from 40psi to 50psi at its highest point (remember this is with ambient temperatures of only 75 degrees). It will be interesting to see what 100 degree days bring for pressures and temps.
OK...so there's not really a lot to explain about the Tire-SafeGuard TPMS other than it worked VERY well. It really gives you piece of mind if you run over something or hit a BIG A$$ pothole like I did a few times and can see what your pressures are when that happens. Or better yet, it's VERY convenient to be able to hop on your bike and see your morning pressures while sitting on the bike.
I'm very pleased with my purchase...at $159 for the entire system, I feel like I got my money's worth.
Summary of Review
Monitors BOTH tire pressures and tire temps
One charge last 5 days of continuous use
Can be hardwired if need be
Tech support and Vendor Experience BOTH excellent!
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