Re: K1200 LT Tire Rotation Question
This has been a question in my mind for some time now. One year ago, I installed a Hannigan trike kit on my K1200LT. Since then, I have had abnormal wear on the front tire. Am now on the second Metzler 880 tire with about 6,000 miles on it and is showing lots of wear on the center of the tire. I have read many threads and asked various "experts" about this subject and have gotten many different opinions about installing a rear tire mounted backwards on the front in order to reduce tire wear. The consensus of opinions is that the belts are installed opposite on the tire body due to the directional torque of the rear tire (driving force) being opposite of the front tire (braking force). Therefore, on a trike, one would be using the rear tire as a braking force only which is why it would be put it on backwards. So, what would be the harm to inadvertently mounting the rear tire in the wrong configuration? Except that maybe it would affect the braking. Many people, including myself, would argue that the manufacturer put that "directional arrow" on the tire for a good reason. And that is, they want that tire to rotate in that direction.