Nitrogen Filled Motorcycle Tires

There are some people who inflate their tires with nitrogen instead of plain old air. The Boston Globe answers a question from someone exp...

There are some people who inflate their tires with nitrogen instead of plain old air. The Boston Globe answers a question from someone explaining why people use nitrogen...
A. Lets start with the air that is in your tires right now. Air is primarily made up of two elements, nitrogen and oxygen. Nitrogen makes up 78.05 percent of air and oxygen another 20.95 percent. The remaining less than 1 percent is argon and other inert gases. Nitrogen molecules are "fatter" than the molecules in air so they don't tend to seep out of the tires. Since the tires will remain at the correct inflation longer, the tires should last longer and fuel economy will be improved. That said, this would not make mileage and economy any better than if you kept your tires properly inflated with plain old air. Would I put nitrogen in my vehicle tires? No, but I'm cheap and don't host a late night talk show.
You can also read a discussion from various people about nitrogen-filled tires here...

http://www.strangenewproducts.com/2005/09/nitrogen-filled-tires-for-people.html

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