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post #1 of 24 Old Jan 15th, 2015, 5:24 am Thread Starter
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Tires for K1200LT

Any chance that these tire sizes would work on the LT?:

Dunlop Sportmax Q2
Front Tire: 120 / 70ZR17
Rear Tire: 180 / 55ZR17

I found the set on sale for $149.99 (which is the price for the rear tire alone, elsewhere).
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Re: Tires for K1200LT

Looks like they're made for a sport bike and probably not weight rated for the LT..................

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First I do NOT find either size in the Q2 but do find them in the Q3.
in the Q3 the front will work (weight rating 58) but the rear will NOT work (only rated 73) the LT requires a weight rating of 79 for the rear.

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Alrighty, was thinking that was the case, but thanks for confirming.
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Any chance that these tire sizes would work on the LT?:

Dunlop Sportmax Q2
Front Tire: 120 / 70ZR17
Rear Tire: 180 / 55ZR17

I found the set on sale for $149.99 (which is the price for the rear tire alone, elsewhere).
I would not run this tire even the front on an LT, this tire is a 50/50 race track/street tire. Soft compound, sticky short life tire. My guess is that you would be lucky to see 5K out of this tire on a heavy bike like our LTs.
Watch this video from Revzilla and it will tell you all you need to know in about the first 30 seconds.
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Re: Tires for K1200LT

There are two makers of tires that fit, 'Correctly', on the LT's to my knowledge of owning a 1999 and then this 2007 LT.

Metzeler 880 and the Bridgestone Battlax. Both make front and rear and are OEM manufactures so you don't have to guess which sizes. I just go to MC Superstore and search for BMW LT OEM and there they are. I have used both types and seem to get a little better mileage on the Metzelers, But... they are about $40 higher on average then Bridgestone's.

At present, I am running a Bridgestone Battlax on the rear and the Metzeler on the front. Pressure is important with the LT and most run 42 in front and 48 in the rear. That is the recommendation from BMW.

Many, many tires out there but only a few for the LT. She is a heavy girl and you Don't want to go down with her on the interstate.

I am still recovering from a shunt with Interstate 75 from a blowout on my KLR685 while coming home from a long dirt ride. The broke things are about healed. I find now that some of the other things must have just got bent and they still hurt from almost 4 months ago.

I like knowing I have the best tires available and ones that are designed for the bike.

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Re: Tires for K1200LT

I would assume that your fuel mileage will go down quite a bit if you install that rear tire because it will be rubbing the swingarm heavily.

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About how many miles can you expect out of the Metzlers? Two weeks ago I put two new Metzlers on so I am going to find out for myself.... Just curious as to an average number.

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Well said Tommy (tconnel), your information is correct, the illustration on the front of my BMW riders handbook even shows the BS BT020 on the rear. Both the BT020 and the ME880 are specifically designed for the LT, a feature being the reinforced sidewalls to assist with managing the bike safely to a stop in the event of deflation.

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Well said Tommy (tconnel), your information is correct, the illustration on the front of my BMW riders handbook even shows the BS BT020 on the rear. Both the BT020 and the ME880 are specifically designed for the LT, a feature being the reinforced sidewalls to assist with managing the bike safely to a stop in the event of deflation.
ONLY if your bike is 2005 or later. Earlier bikes can use radials and the Avons are reinforced for the LT as well.
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The ME880 is getting hard to find, and I hear of swingarm clearance issues with the new ME888. If you find ME880 rear buy two!

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The ME880 is getting hard to find, and I hear of swingarm clearance issues with the new ME888. If you find ME880 rear buy two!
I put a ME888 on my 2009 LT a few weeks ago and have had no clearance problems.
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About how many miles can you expect out of the Metzlers? Two weeks ago I put two new Metzlers on so I am going to find out for myself.... Just curious as to an average number.
I just finished up a set of Metzlers with about 14K miles. Still had some mileage left but you could tell a difference in the performance of the tires that it was time to change. I am trying a set of Avon radials on my 02 and see how they do. Air pressure is so important for mileage, with the Metzlers 42 front and 48 rear. Also your riding style has a lot to do with mileage.
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I just finished up a set of Metzlers with about 14K miles. Still had some mileage left but you could tell a difference in the performance of the tires that it was time to change. I am trying a set of Avon radials on my 02 and see how they do. Air pressure is so important for mileage, with the Metzlers 42 front and 48 rear. Also your riding style has a lot to do with mileage.
You won't get the kind of mileage out of the Avons as you did out of the Mets. However the ride is worth it.
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You won't get the kind of mileage out of the Avons as you did out of the Mets. However the ride is worth it.
I am liking the handling and ride on the Avons. I think a few less miles will be worth it.
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I just finished up a set of Metzlers with about 14K miles. Still had some mileage left but you could tell a difference in the performance of the tires that it was time to change. I am trying a set of Avon radials on my 02 and see how they do. Air pressure is so important for mileage, with the Metzlers 42 front and 48 rear. Also your riding style has a lot to do with mileage.
Thank you. I suppose a bike this heavy that handles so well is going to need these soft feel the road tires. Worth it.

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Where did you find an ME888 for your LT? and are you still satisfied with it. I'm coming due a tire change, and would like to try the 888, but can't seem to find it with the correct load rating. Since you posted this in 2015, how has the mileage been?


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https://www.denniskirk.com/metzeler/...prd/544469.sku
Picked up an ME888 from these guys about a month ago and have put about 3k on it. Wear is negligible so far, and handling is about the same as the 880.
The clearance at the swing arm is about the same as 880, so no issues there.
From the change in the tread pattern, it looks like the tire shouldn't become noisy as it wears. We'll see.
Also, the Metzler website shows a ME888 front but apparently not available yet. (If the change in the tread pattern will help the scalloping issues for the front I'd be happy!)

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Right now I am at 13,7XX on my front Avon Storm 3D, and 53XX on my rear. I am an Avon fan, and at first I didn't like the tires, but I am in love with them again. They started out very squirmy, I got a shimmy at 110 indicated passing a semi with a strong side wind, but I haven't had it since. They are typical Avons, amazing wet grip, no problems with the tar snakes, and I rub my boots on the asphalt every once in a while. My front has 3/32 left and my rear has 7/32. I just got back from a trip to the California coast, and only lost 1/32 off the front. That is better than I expected.

I don't plan on running any more Metzlers if I can avoid it, but the 888 tread pattern really does look like it will be quieter than the 880.
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Right now I am at 13,7XX on my front Avon Storm 3D, and 53XX on my rear. I am an Avon fan, and at first I didn't like the tires, but I am in love with them again. They started out very squirmy, I got a shimmy at 110 indicated passing a semi with a strong side wind, but I haven't had it since. They are typical Avons, amazing wet grip, no problems with the tar snakes, and I rub my boots on the asphalt every once in a while. My front has 3/32 left and my rear has 7/32. I just got back from a trip to the California coast, and only lost 1/32 off the front. That is better than I expected.

I don't plan on running any more Metzlers if I can avoid it, but the 888 tread pattern really does look like it will be quieter than the 880.
I'm used to scraping the pegs, however when my boot actually touches the pavement it really gives me the willies. I literally get goosebumps and that crawling skin feeling.
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I am considering the Dunlop Roadsmart 2 out front as you will get good mileage out of it. Personal experiance. (Have read so so reviews about the 3DXM front? But may mount one anyway.)And a Avon 3DXM out back. It's 79V rated and you should get the mileage also. Wish they still made the Storm 2. I got 11k out the last one. I'm also considering a Bridgestone Battlax BT020 .Also 79V rated out back. And an Avon Roadrider out front as i don't like Metzelers. BTW. The roadrider/Battlax combo $228.00 thru AMT. The Avon storm 3DXM rear/ Dunlop roadsmart combo. About $275.00

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If your getting 13k out of the front Avon 3DXM. I may just go with a Avon matched set. Do you do 48psi rear and 42 psi front? Like i said the Storm 2 front i kept at 42 psi. And it got almost 12k. I was happy with that.

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If your getting 13k out of the front Avon 3DXM. I may just go with a Avon matched set. Do you do 48psi rear and 42 psi front? Like i said the Storm 2 front i kept at 42 psi. And it got almost 12k. I was happy with that.
I just put the Bridgestone rear and Avon Roadrider front from AMT 228 dollars only put 500 miles on them so far They seem to be handling real well

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If your getting 13k out of the front Avon 3DXM. I may just go with a Avon matched set. Do you do 48psi rear and 42 psi front? Like i said the Storm 2 front i kept at 42 psi. And it got almost 12k. I was happy with that.
I didn't realize I had that many miles on the front tire until I checked for this thread. when I bought the bike, the front Metz 880 was shot, so it was replaced soon after. So far I have done trips to Eureka Springs AR, grand canyon then Taos NM, and then the California coast, via Crater Lake.

I am running 40 psi front and rear, the Avons list 42 as max.
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