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post #1 of 16 Old Dec 5th, 2014, 11:16 am Thread Starter
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I am replacing my Metzer tires with Bridgestone front and rear. I have a 2002 LT. Am I making a good decision?
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Re: Bridgestone Tires

Stay with the Metzler front as it lasts longer. Run 42 front, 48 rear.

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You won't get many miles out of a front Bridgestone tire.
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I love bridgestones, had good results with that company on several different makes of bikes and cars..

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Best is Bridgestone rear, something else for front. Bridgestones have the best wet traction, and the rear lasts as long as anything else. Fronts wear pretty fast though.

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Re: Bridgestone Tires

NO NO NO!!!!!

You want Avon Storms set at the standard pressure! Had them fitted to my UK 2004 model after Metzelers. Transformed the bike. 2200 miles around Spain in all weathers and roads proved them to me. Fantastic tyres!!!
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I am replacing my Metzer tires with Bridgestone front and rear. I have a 2002 LT. Am I making a good decision?
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I love the 'Stones. I've run Avons, Metzeler, and Bridgestones during the 90K+ miles I've put on my 2000 K1200LTi. A great many of those miles were on climbing and twisting roads in the hills and mountains of Vermont.

The front will wear out before the rear and won't last long. I was putting on a new set of tires every 6000K miles when I did a scheduled "BMW Service" or "Inspection".
We are not riding as much as we used to (often ride two up), nor riding as aggessively as we used to. BUT, there was nothing like the feel of the bike in the twisties with a new set of Stones. The bike exudes a grippy confidence with the Stones that the Metzlers lack. (Our riding style was that of trying to go fast, not maximize tire mileage.

As far as those who recommend a tire mix, I have no argument with them; these are experienced riders who have arrived at a solution that works for them. However, I've always stuck with a matched set of tires. I once had a really weird experience with a mixed set of tires. I've forgotten what the exact mix was, but the mixed set handled great for hundreds of miles, and then one day it got bad. Some combination of road surface, temperature, humidity, or whatever and they got really squirrely. I ruled out tire pressure, road/tire contaminants, etc. Ahh, I thought to myself, that's what tire manufacturers are talking about when they recommend against mixing brands.

So if great handling, and confidence in the bike's traction on all kinds of road surface, the Bridgestones are a great choice. They are not the best choice if you're most interested in high mileage.

Addendum: I did run a couple of sets of Avons, I found them to be more like the Bridgestones both in terms of better grip and lower mileage than the Metzlers. But I didn't think there was any big advantage of Avons over Bridgestones.

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Re: Bridgestone Tires

What is the specific LT rated SKU for the Bridgestones (rear)

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What pressures for solo & 2-up?

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Re: Bridgestone Tires

Stick with the Bridgestone rear but when that new front Bridgestone wears out replace it with a Metzeler.

The last Bridgestone I had replaced had 14,647 of mostly 2 up miles on it. The tire shop said it MAY have had about another 2,000 of local miles on it but agreed that it was a good idea to replace before a trip. The motorcycle had Metzelers on it when I bought it and the rear Metzeler had 12,536 miles on it when I replaced it.

I used a front Bridgestone ONCE and got only 7,586 miles before it needed replacing so I went back to a Metzeler front. By contrast the last front Metzeler I replaced had 17,146 on it and I replaced it with another Metzeler.

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What is the specific LT rated SKU for the Bridgestones (rear)

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What pressures for solo & 2-up?
The SKU is 8-03080012

I run 48 all the time.

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It's not always about mileage... Thinking strictly mileage is like buying tennis shoes and going to a formal dinner. Yeah, they feel good on your feet, but the look is definitely "across the tracks"...

From where I sit... Safety over mileage each and every day...

Bridgy's are a nice tire. Good all around grip. With an almost anal compulsion to check your pressures, brake before going into turns while your upright, and keep your heavy hand off the throttle, you'll get decent miles out of these tires. One set gave me 12K trouble free miles, had at least another 3K in them AND they remained round (not scalloped) when I retired the set.

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Had only run stones on all three of my LTs but was never happy with the 6,000 to 7,000 max miles I was getting out of them. I just put an a new Metzler in the front and kept the stone on the rear. Rode aggressively in Death Valley and did not notice any performance difference. I hope the Metzler will give me the 10 to 11K miles I get out of the stone in the rear.

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My front Stone will need to be replaced and I have an Avon Storm 2 to put on. When it is time to replace the rear, I'll be putting another Stone on there.

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I have run Metz 880's on a few of my bikes and I love them. That being said, when my current set runs out I will be replacing the back with a bridgestone and getting another 880 for the front. That particular setup seems to be popular among the member here.
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I have run Metz 880's on a few of my bikes and I love them. That being said, when my current set runs out I will be replacing the back with a bridgestone and getting another 880 for the front. That particular setup seems to be popular among the member here.
Good choice. The Bridgestone is hard to beat on the rear, but they are not so good up front. At least that was my experience with the BT020 in the past. Do not know what the newest Bridgestones are.

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