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post #1 of 6 Old Dec 9th, 2014, 1:43 pm Thread Starter
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Anither Tire question?

Has anyone tried the Micheline Pilot Road 4 GT on the front of a k1200LT? If so what are your thoughts?
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Has anyone tried the Micheline Pilot Road 4 GT on the front of a k1200LT? If so what are your thoughts?
I've not heard of that tire brand having a load/size/speed rating for an LT front. I guess if it has these specific parameters, it might ...... I haven't looked at the Michelin site fitment page to see if the LT is listed. Here's specs you need:

120/70 B17 M/C 58V

Let us know if you find a Michelin meeting those fitment specifics.
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The Michelin site lists the PR4 GT as available in 120/70 ZR 17 58W .... so the load rating of 58 is good and the speed rating of W is a higher rated speed than V .... my thought is that it should be good. The RT world seems to think thin is a great high mileage tire. Just wondering about how it would be on the K12LT.
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The Michelin site lists the PR4 GT as available in 120/70 ZR 17 58W .... so the load rating of 58 is good and the speed rating of W is a higher rated speed than V .... my thought is that it should be good. The RT world seems to think thin is a great high mileage tire. Just wondering about how it would be on the K12LT.
I'd enter the bike model and year of your bike in the fitment chart page and see if they list a tire for you. Some LT year models can fit a Radial tire (early '99 and maybe up thru '04), while newer year models should run only Bias ply. BTW - I'd venture to say that a Michelin tire you described would not have mileage results better than a Metzeler, on an LT - in my opinion. Typically, radial ply tires offer good traction, while bias plys offer milage. Good luck.
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I run the PR4 radials on my K1200GT, great tyre, for that bike. Std PR4 on the front, GT (stiffer sidewalls) on the rear, only because front GT's weren't available when I needed it.
I'll be sticking with the Metz 880 front for the LT though as its a 2005 (Euro 2004) and must run bias ply.... there's nothing wrong with the Metz and they give good mileage and handling for my 2c.
Michelin don't list any tyre as suitable for a K1200LT.... although the weird thing is they don't list the new PR4's as suitable for a "GT tourer", only "sports tourers"... only the PR3's come up... I think someone maybe f'd up on their website.

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Re: Anither Tire question?

I am with Chris on this only I did get PR4 GTs for front and rear of my K1300GT. Great tires. I would not run one on the front of a facelift LT though as the steering geometry is different enough that BMW felt only bias tire should be run. But you can always make the choice yourself.

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