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+1 for FOBO solution.

None of my pumps could get to the stock valve on the rear successfully, and I've been worried about wrong tire pressure. The FOBO shows me I'm fine.

This is a pricey but brilliant solution. I ordered direct from the manufacturer in Malaysia, and they arrived in 5 days. Paid a little more than from Amazon, and didn't get a discount for the TPMS and T-valve combo, but I'm not disappointed.

First, they match my tire gauges perfectly, so I have confidence in their accuracy. Second, for now, they work fine on my existing rubber valves on the Burgman 650, although the literature with them seems to discourage that. Third, they came with a pair of low rise metal valves attached to the package, which weren't listed anywhere, but look very nice. Fourth, there were not just the two lock nuts promised, but in fact, four, and also a second set of batteries included (the installed batteries show 100% strength on first use). There's a special wrench needed for the locknuts, and they include two of them, along with a nice keychain (which I likely won't use) to add one of them to your scooter key. I tossed the special wrench into my locked glovebox—it weighs nothing and takes up little room.

So, product is pricey, but they don't cheap out on anything, and include extras and backups unexpectedly. That's class, in my book.

The iPhone app is simple and straightforward, and the sensors become locked to the email with which you sign up (to discourage theft). There is an Apple Watch app, as well, so my pre-ride tire check can now be done in 5 seconds with a twist of the wrist, and two taps on my watch. Brilliant! (There's an Android app as well, for those with other smartphones.)

I also have an iPad from which I wanted to see the readings. Turns out you can't do this directly, but only through sharing, which requires the iPad to have a separate email address. I followed all of the setup instructions, but the iPad could not read the tire pressures. I decided to sleep on the problem, and the morning after I did the setup, it began working just fine on the shared device. So be aware that sharing may take overnight to become functional on this system, but patience bears fruit, and it works just fine once it starts working.

This system does not substitute for the need to inspect tires for cuts, foreign objects or other issues, though it will give you an alert of a significant pressure drop in an 8 second period, to give you time to pull over and deal with it should that occur on the road. It will not report a drop to 0 in that 8 seconds, on the presumption that you'll already be aware of the blowout that would represent, and take action accordingly.

I look forward to adding the T-valves, which look very well designed, and am not sure I want to wait for the next tire change to add them. I don't have a lot of confidence with these expensive sensors on flexible rubber valves, so I may have the valves changed out early—it depends on the prices I can get for doing that from local shops.

I deal with a lot of tech products in my personal and professional lives, and rarely find something with so many upsides, and so few problems, as these seem to be. I have a peace of mind now that I didn't have before installing them, and I find that well worth the price of the product. Highly recommended.
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