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post #1 of 12 Old Dec 2nd, 2014, 6:08 pm Thread Starter
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Riding in the Rain!

So I've had my '99 LT for a little while and this week we've had some rain in Northern California. Not to be deterred, I loaded up with my rain gear and headed out for my daily commute.

Moderate rain and the bike felt planted on the road and the freeways. Never had a worry about the bike coming out from under me.

The more I ride this bike, the more I am impressed with just how easy it is to ride.
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So I've had my '99 LT for a little while and this week we've had some rain in Northern California. Not to be deterred, I loaded up with my rain gear and headed out for my daily commute.

Moderate rain and the bike felt planted on the road and the freeways. Never had a worry about the bike coming out from under me.

The more I ride this bike, the more I am impressed with just how easy it is to ride.
Lt's are great, if your bike has Metzelers 880's do change to a radial. Avon makes a great tire.

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Wait till it gets really windy and everyone else on sportsbikes etc is getting blown sideways... let the old girl have her head for the most part and she usually corrects very nicely back to your riding line... of course there's always the exception to the rule when its really bad, but its way nicer to ride in bad weather than just about anything else I've tried .

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I have M880's on the LT right now. A mostly new set came with the bike and I have always run them on my Kawasaki Concours.

I worry about mileage on the avon's. I ride about 15-20k a year and with my Concours out of action, I worry about changing tires every few months.
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Just keep 48 rear. 43 or so up front. You should get 9-12K out of them. Depending how you ride. CWS is right.. It is just about the best bike I've ever ridden in rain. The fairing offers the best protection from rain/wind of anything I've ever ridden period..

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I have M880's on the LT right now. A mostly new set came with the bike and I have always run them on my Kawasaki Concours.

I worry about mileage on the avon's. I ride about 15-20k a year and with my Concours out of action, I worry about changing tires every few months.
Keep in mind the connie has radial tires and the LT has Bias .880 Bias tires are slippery in the wet, and nasty over tar snakes.

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Did a run down from Boston to NJ, during a North Easter with a friend who rode a GW. After 8 hrs, the only thing that was wet were my gloves and the collar of my shirt. The LT does great in handling and keeping you dry, especially with the variable windshield. My GW partner was not so happy or dry.
I retrospect, I can say that that was the best ride of my life. Going 75-80 on I-95 in the rain, knowing that you are tracking good and focused is exhilarating. Heated grips and seat along with the ME tires did the job.

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Keep in mind the connie has radial tires and the LT has Bias .880 Bias tires are slippery in the wet, and nasty over tar snakes.
You got that right! I had one set of 880's, had run Dunlops, Bridgestones, and Avons, the 880 rear scared me a few times on wet pavement and tar snakes. Was very glad to get them off. Settled on rear Bridgestone, ran a couple front Bridgestones, but would use just about anything else on front, but wore out several rear Bridgestones. If I purchased an LT now, and it had 880's on it, even new ones, I would immediately remove the rear one and put a Bridgestone on. The rear BT020's never slipped once on wet or tar snakes, and lasted as long as the 880 rear did. For me, traction is worth at least 10 times as much as wear rate.

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A few years ago I was downstate Michigan and had to go home. Temps were 40 and below with heavy rain. The bad thing was that I had to cross the Mackinaw Bridge. Rain was coming down horizontally with wind gust up to about 30-35mph. Long story short. The trip was uneventful and had no problems. Had ME880's on and have used them ever-since. The LT handles rain and wind well. The only time I really got wet was when I stopped. Tried not to stop much.
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You got that right! I had one set of 880's, had run Dunlops, Bridgestones, and Avons, the 880 rear scared me a few times on wet pavement and tar snakes. Was very glad to get them off. Settled on rear Bridgestone, ran a couple front Bridgestones, but would use just about anything else on front, but wore out several rear Bridgestones. If I purchased an LT now, and it had 880's on it, even new ones, I would immediately remove the rear one and put a Bridgestone on. The rear BT020's never slipped once on wet or tar snakes, and lasted as long as the 880 rear did. For me, traction is worth at least 10 times as much as wear rate.
+ 1 Battleaxes great tire. The last 110 K on the LT were Avons for me, I hade less cupping than the 020.

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The LT has great protection from the rain: On my way back from CCR this summer, I got caught in a "storm of the century" between Grand Junction, CO and St. George, UT (the one that washed out the Interstate north of Las Vegas). Rain was coming down so hard, the drops were exploding the size of golf balls on my windshield. Although I had a rain suit in my top case, I decided that I'd get more wet by stopping to drag it out to put it on than I would to just continue riding. I finally pulled off at Salina, UT, after a cold wind kicked up so much, I was heeled over to go straight. My gloves were the only things that got real wet. I've since decided to leave the rain suit at home, since I didn't break it out once in that 25 state/25 day trip, and I hit quite a bit of rain. BTW - I run a Metzler on the front, and Bridgestone on the rear.

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I used to run 880's exclusively since that is what my local dealer said were the only ones BMW recommended. Since coming to this site I ventured out and put on an Avon Storm 2 on the front of my '03. Didn't see a big difference. I bought an '05 a few weeks ago and rode it home through the Olympic mountains in a good rain storm. Has Bridgestone tires on it. Was nervous about the first half hour of riding because I was used to the way the 880's handled on wet pavement. Once I realized the Bridgestones were sticking I decided to kick it up a notch. They are NICE! I really think my '03 would be better if I would get the 880 off the rear.

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