Roadgear Talking Tire Pressure Gauge
We've covered the original ("millions sold")
Roadgear Digital Tire Pressure Gauge and the
pencil-thin, newer style
Roadgear Digital Tire
Pressure Gauge in previous webBikeWorld reviews.
You'd think that a gauge is a gauge, right?
After using both for several years, our favorite is
still the original, mostly because of it's 90-degree
head shape, which makes it very easy to access just
about every motorcycle tire valve stem.
So after developing two completely different -- and
very useful -- models of tire pressure gauge, one of
which is probably the most popular motorcycle-focused
tire pressure gauge in the world, what's next?
How about a "talking" tire pressure gauge? Yes
folks, it talks -- and get this, it's bilingual!
Roadgear took the original digital tire pressure gauge
and filled it with digital gizmos that allow it to
provide the same accurate digital readout and read back
the tire pressure in both English and Spanish!
UPDATE: Since this article was published, Roadgear
told us that they are not sure whether or not the
bilingual chip will be used in the next manufacturing
batch, so it's possible that the specifications will
The voice is very clear and recognizable in English,
and I'll assume it is in Spanish also, although since I
don't speak Spanish, I'm not sure. A simple flip
of the switch on the side of the gauge, which is marked
"English" and "Spanish", will change languages. We recorded a
sample of the voice in both English and Spanish and
here as an MP3 file, which should play in Windows
Media or your computer's default MP3 player. The
last reading is stored in memory and it can be recalled
at any time until the next reading is taken.
Now why would anyone want a talking tire pressure
gauge? Beats me - but it's a sure way to impress
your friends. Actually, it is helpful with some
motorcycle tires where the valve stem is hard to reach.
You can check and adjust the tire's air pressure without
having to pull out the gauge for a visual check.
The original version of the gauge is 155mm (6-3/32")
long, and the handle was 18mm (~11/16") thick and 37mm
(~1-1/2") wide. It weighed in at 46 grams, or
1-5/8 oz. The new gauge is nearly identical in all
respects, and has the same clear digital readout.
Although these Roadgear designs
don't include a pressure relief valve, we've found that
it's very easy to adjust the tire's air pressure
downwards by lightly pushing on the valve stem with the
gauge, just like you're taking a reading, but with
This lets out a small amount of air from the tire,
and the gauge can then be pushed on the valve stem until
fully engaged to take the correct reading. We use
this method all the time with the original Roadgear
Digital Tire Pressure Gauge and it works fine.
The Roadgear gauge is claimed accurate to within ± 1%
and measures from 5.0 to 99.5 psi in half-pound
increments. We've compared all three Roadgear
gauges with Accu-Tire and other non-digital tire
pressure gauges and have found that the Roadgear gauges
are very accurate and consistent.
We have found that it may take two or three readings
when the gauge is new to break it in -- we're not sure
why, but the first couple of readings vary slightly and
then settle down to the correct and consistent reading
every time. This may be due to lubrication or an
artifact left over from manufacturing.
The Roadgear Talking Digital Tire Pressure Gauge has
a lifetime lithium battery and a five year warranty.
The correct motorcycle tire pressure is crucial for best
performance and safety, and we have developed a habit of
always checking the tire pressure on our motorcycles
before each and every ride. So our advice is to
spend a few extra bucks on a nice tire pressure gauge
like this one and use it for life while impressing your
style Roadgear gauge (top),
(center) and talking gauge (bottom).
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