Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Alexandra Hills, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
When I first got my LT it had just been fitted witha new Metz front tyre and had a half worn Bridgestone BT020 on the rear. Riding home from Melbourne I became aware of the steering shake, and took things real cautious after that.
When I got back to brisbane I took the bike to my tyre guy (Brisbane Motorcycle tyres), and we discovered the Metzler on the front was out of shape. Metzler didn't want to know about it, so at the recomendation of my tyre guy, I had a set of Dunlop D205's fitted.
The first set of Dunlops did about 13,000k's before I replaced them (I replaced them early, as I was going on a long trip and wanted new tyres). I NEVER had the steering shake problem in the 13,000ks I did on the first set of Dunlops, and that particular set of tyres had worn very evenly, because I hadn't done many highway kilometres. Most of my riding had been on back roads and the tyres had worn evenly right to the side walls.
The second set were the same, did around 15,000k's (again changed early because of an upcoming long trip). The current set have been good, but I have done more highway riding on this set so I've ended up with a pronounced flat spot on the rear tyre, and as a result, I also have some steering shake back when I relax my grip on the handlebars, but nothing like I experienced with the Metzeler front tyre.
I accept that the general consensus from our US counterparts is to steer well clear of the Dunlop D205's. But I can only go by my own experience, and I've found they are a brilliant tyre for my LT.
My only reservation would be that I don't feel entirely happy with the Dunlops in the wet, but, that may be more of a psycological thing, rather than anything to do with the tyres wet weather grip ability. Its perhaps a good thing that I'm extra cautious in the wet, because I'm in no hurry to find the tyres limit of adhesion.
I believe at days end, the shake is just a characteristic of the bike, and I think tyres, and tyre wear play a large role in producing the steering shake.
For all you Aussie LT owners, I recommend you give the Dunlop D205's a try next time around and see what you reckon.
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