I try to stay away from tire threads mainly because my riding conditions are far superior to all of yours; I have better roads and usually much less traffic until you guys come to visit Iron Horse.
I also change more tires in a month than most of you will change in a decade. "I work on a lot of different people's bikes." I get to see first hand tire wear and rider habits.
I have been punishing the 888 rear and 880 front. And though my LT doesn't corner as well as my 2002 LT did, she still gets a good work out.
I do like (borderline Love) the Dunlop RoadSmart II. I have a set on my VFR800Fi, I don't think it would ever be a proper tire for the heavy LT. IF a VFR shreds the tire, I can only imagine what an LT can do to them. Probably destroy them like the crappy AVON Storm some genius decided to push on to the forum members to try. I did. That was a sh1t tire, gone in 900 miles.
I would like to see a Bridgestone T30 GT in the LT size. That tire would be marvelous.
My next attempt will be the Shinko. I am not a Shinko flag waver, but I do install a lot of them on big Harley's and GoldWings and their riders swear by them and they are getting decent milage.
The Shinko is 79H which covers the LT weight and speed up to 130. Let's face it, there is really no need to have a V rated tire on an LT. The bike can't do 120mph and it will never ever see 149mph.
The Shinko 777 HD at 100.00 is a really good price.
Unfortunately, they do not have a front to match the rear. At least not one which I can find from my supplier.
However, you can't get an 888 for the front of the LT either.
I am feeling that my next tire change would be OK with an 880 up front and a 777 HD on the rear.
At 250.00 for a set of tires, that is a price I can justify. The 350.00 for the Metzelers is just too much money for 4000 miles of enjoyment.
Now, I know some of you want 10,000 to 20,000 miles out of a set of tires. Sure you ride how you want to ride and I will ride my ride.
We can still share a meal at the end of the day when you finally get to the restaurant which we were going to stop at for lunch...