Correct Tyre Pressure

Dear members,
In answer to the oft asked question about tyre and the correct tyre pressures I decided to seek the truth from the very company that make the tyre I currently use, of which I am extremely happy with…probably the best tyre I have ever used.
Describing the type of riding I do and speeds I travel at, weight etc, my question to Michelin was thus.  The manufacturer of my motorcycle says I should run with 42psi front and rear.  Full stop.  It doesn’t differentiate between tyre manufacturers, type or construction of tyre.  
So I put this to Michelin HQ who came back to me with their answer, below:

Dear Chris

Thank you for contacting MICHELIN Customer Service.

The tyre pressure is always prescribed by the motorcycle manufacturer. This does not depend on the tyre itself, nor does it depend on the type of tyre. 

You can find this information in the technical documentation of your motorcycle.

If you cannot find it, it is advisable to contact your motorcycle dealer. Tyre pressure should always be checked with a cold tyre. 

We consider tyres cold if they have not been used in the last 2hours. Or if they are less than 4 Km. drove slowly. 


For your safety, check the tyre pressure regularly (monthly). Always pay attention to the tyre pressure specified by the motorcycle manufacturer. Correct tyre pressure increases safety, is more economical in use and is better for the environment. Hopefully we have answered your question as best we can. 

If you have any further questions, we‘d love to hear from you.  

MICHELIN is happy to accompany you on every journey and would like to thank you for your confidence. 

Kind regards,


MICHELIN Customer Care

Passenger Car & Light Truck & Motorcycle tyres