What is the recommended tire / tyre pressure for KTM Duke 200 and 125

2012_KTM Duke 200

Small yet one of the most important thing about your motorcycle is the tire / tyre pressure. Tyre / tire pressure effects a host of aspect relating to riding, from safety to economy.

Under-inflated or over inflated tires with less or more air pressure than recommended will result in affecting following aspects,

  • Less air (under-inflated  tire) in tire /tyre would result in slower acceleration, lower top speed and most importantly lower / less mileage / fuel economy.
  • More air (over-inflated) in tire would result in serious safety risk by lowering the available grip thus making the motorcycle / bike vulnerable to skid-off while breaking or cornering.
  • In case of KTM Duke 125 / 200 ABS, improper tire / tyre pressure will effect the ABS performance and functionality.

What / how much tyre / tire pressure is to be maintained with KTM Duke 125 or 200 ?

The best place to know and learn about your KTM Duke 200 or Duke 125 is your owners manual or service booklet. Here, I am quoting from Page No. 110 of owners manual of KTM Duke 200 / 125,

tire pressure

Single Rider / Driver Only / Solo

Front -> 29 psi
Rear -> 29 psi

Double rider / with pillion or passenger

Front -> 29 psi
Rear -> 32 psi

Where to check tyre / tire pressure from ?

It is recommended to avoid road side tyre / tire pressure check points since their pressure checking instrumentation tends to be faulty and most of the time you will end up with almost 50 / 60% more air (over inflated) with your tyre / tire.

Try to check the tyre / tire pressure from those machines installed in petrol bunks / pumps or your nearest Honda service center to have an accurate air pressure in your tyre / tire.

Always check with cold tyre / Tire

KTM and every other bike manufactures would recommend you to check your tire / tyre pressure when tires are cold. By cold they mean bike should not be ridden much before the checking the tire / tyre pressure or if you are coming from a  ride, park the bike in shade for couple of hours before you check the air pressure.

One common bypass to this time consuming process is to let out some air (about 40 to 50%) from your tire / tyre and then fill it up from the petrol bunk / pump air pressure checking machine to make sure the air is cold.

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