Metzeller Cruisetech suitability for K1200LT - BMW Luxury Touring Community
 1Likes
  • 1 Post By YiannisK1200LT
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 15 Old Apr 5th, 2020, 1:20 pm Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
YiannisK1200LT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 15
Metzeller Cruisetech suitability for K1200LT

Hello from Greece. Following the forum for the last 6 years I would like with reference to the so many times discussed topic of tires. Does anybody installed the metzeller's Cruisetech Rear tyre on his bike? I am currently using the ME888 but I am not happy at all with the grip of the rear tyre at the snake roads and especially when weather cold or wet. Just for your info I keep cold pressure: 38PS on the front (so to eliminate the vibration between 50 to 80 km, as nicely advised from you in this forum) and 44PSI on the rear.
YiannisK1200LT is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 Old Apr 5th, 2020, 2:03 pm
IBR# 366
 
meese's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: West Linn, OR
Posts: 16,508
Garage
Re: Metzeller Cruisetech suitability for K1200LT

I don't know if anyone has tried this tire on the LT yet, but they do make a reinforced rear tire with the correct ratings: 160/70 B 17 M/C 79V REINFTL.

They do not make a front tire in the correct 120/70-17 size.

Ken
Pacific NorthWet
'13 Dark Graphite Metallic K16GTLD, 24K miles
'09 Magnesium Beige Metallic K13GT, 63K miles
'03 Anthracite Metallic K12LTC, 66K miles
'02 Mauve Metallic K12LTC, 106K miles and sold
BMWLT#143, IBA# 366, MOA# 111996, SCMA# 24032


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Some people see the gas tank as half empty. Some see it as half full. All I care is that I know where the next tankful is coming from...
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
meese is offline  
post #3 of 15 Old Apr 5th, 2020, 3:23 pm Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
YiannisK1200LT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 15
Yes, exactly. Thanks a lot for joining my post. I have done a lot of research the last few days and came across with this new type of tyres by Metzeller, which although they do not produce the front tyre which suitable for K1200LT, in the contrary they are producing the size of rear tyre which also have the marking "REINF" which makes the difference in our case and most seems not to take into account during conversations for tyres. This model of tyres introduced by METZ beggining of 2019. Reading the reviews for the rear tyre specifically I have the feeling that we might have find a rear tyre of new technology fulfilling the requirements of BMW for K1200LT, which might give us a solution on the issue of poor grip in the wet and turns. I have already sent a message to METZ asking them if they rear tyre can be used on K1200LT since on their site they still gives you as a result the 888.
YiannisK1200LT is offline  
 
post #4 of 15 Old Apr 5th, 2020, 3:48 pm Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
YiannisK1200LT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 15
As soon as I get reply from METZ, in case they confirm that Cruisetech rear can be used (which I do not see any reason not to e suitable for K1200LT) then the next question will be if it can be used in combination with front 888 since as far as I noticed on the infos from all makers the arrangement of front tyre is affecting the performance of rear. I know that most of the owners running with 888 front and BT-020 rear getting very good results but BT-020 is very difficult to be purchased here in Greece (if found will be maybe 3-4 years old without knowing the storage conditions followed by the local supplier).
Voyager likes this.
YiannisK1200LT is offline  
post #5 of 15 Old Apr 5th, 2020, 6:39 pm
IBR# 366
 
meese's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: West Linn, OR
Posts: 16,508
Garage
Re: Metzeller Cruisetech suitability for K1200LT

The Metzeler ME880/888 tires are made from a hard compound. That gives long life but sacrifices grip, especially in the wet.

I've never been happy running 880/888 tires on any of my bikes.

Based on the specs, I wouldn't have any problem trying the Cruisetec rear on my LT.

Please do let us know how it works out for you.

Ken
Pacific NorthWet
'13 Dark Graphite Metallic K16GTLD, 24K miles
'09 Magnesium Beige Metallic K13GT, 63K miles
'03 Anthracite Metallic K12LTC, 66K miles
'02 Mauve Metallic K12LTC, 106K miles and sold
BMWLT#143, IBA# 366, MOA# 111996, SCMA# 24032


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Some people see the gas tank as half empty. Some see it as half full. All I care is that I know where the next tankful is coming from...
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
meese is offline  
post #6 of 15 Old Apr 5th, 2020, 7:48 pm Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
YiannisK1200LT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 15
I intent to proceed as soon as life comes back to normal since we have a lock down here in Greece since 13th of March and most probably we will stay as we are till end of April. But for sure I will go with the rear Cruisetech. From my point of view I do not have anything to lose. It cant be worse than the 888 rear. My only concern is what tyre I will use at the front. I am also not happy with the front 888 which I had to change when I first installed 2.5 years ago because I had a terrible vibration which concluded that it was coming from the distorted tyre (brand new!!!!). Ofcourse they changed it without second discussion. Except the BT-020 do you have in mind any other front tyre suitable for the K1200LT? Most of the available ones I have searched are ZR or R and not Bias, but I believe this would be a problem. Your opinion on this would be highly appreciated.
YiannisK1200LT is offline  
post #7 of 15 Old Apr 5th, 2020, 8:11 pm
Senior Member
 
guitarjim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: South Central Kansas
Posts: 655
Re: Metzeller Cruisetech suitability for K1200LT

I found the Avon 3d tires to be great on wet roads. I just got Avon with a slightly different tread pattern than the 3d for the front tire- I haven't ridden them in the rain and just have a little over 100 miles on it.

Current Ride: '02 LT - The Mistress
guitarjim is offline  
post #8 of 15 Old Apr 5th, 2020, 8:53 pm
IBR# 366
 
meese's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: West Linn, OR
Posts: 16,508
Garage
Re: Metzeller Cruisetech suitability for K1200LT

You can get an Avon Roadrider AM26 front tire in a 120/70-17 58V Bias ply.

Ken
Pacific NorthWet
'13 Dark Graphite Metallic K16GTLD, 24K miles
'09 Magnesium Beige Metallic K13GT, 63K miles
'03 Anthracite Metallic K12LTC, 66K miles
'02 Mauve Metallic K12LTC, 106K miles and sold
BMWLT#143, IBA# 366, MOA# 111996, SCMA# 24032


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Some people see the gas tank as half empty. Some see it as half full. All I care is that I know where the next tankful is coming from...
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
meese is offline  
post #9 of 15 Old Apr 6th, 2020, 11:46 am
Senior Member
 
bmwcoolk1200's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 4,193
Re: Metzeller Cruisetech suitability for K1200LT

Quote:
Originally Posted by meese View Post
You can get an Avon Roadrider AM26 front tire in a 120/70-17 58V Bias ply.
I couldn't get that tire off my bike fast enough. It is sitting dismounted in my garage with less than 1K miles on it. It was like riding on pencils over tar snakes wet or dry. Wet was down right scary even on level straight road.

Gordon
Sugar Hill, GA
2001 K1200LTI – Champagne (current ride) Lazy Susan
1998 R1100RT – Never should have sold it
1974 Yamaha TX 750 Twin. Omni Phase Balanced


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by bmwcoolk1200; Apr 6th, 2020 at 6:36 pm.
bmwcoolk1200 is offline  
post #10 of 15 Old Apr 6th, 2020, 1:53 pm Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
YiannisK1200LT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 15
Hello again. Could you please advise me if you can read all my posts on the subject? I just received a strange message from the site advising me that several messages of mine could be delivered
YiannisK1200LT is offline  
post #11 of 15 Old Apr 6th, 2020, 5:29 pm
Senior Member
 
Axle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: portland, victoria, Australia
Posts: 1,495
Garage
Re: Metzeller Cruisetech suitability for K1200LT

Quote:
Originally Posted by YiannisK1200LT View Post
Hello again. Could you please advise me if you can read all my posts on the subject? I just received a strange message from the site advising me that several messages of mine could be delivered
dunno suppose? I got you at 5 posts in this thread so far.... I cant read the ones you didn't send .........

Regards Linton
From the land of Kangaroo's and Koalas
and no koalas are not Bears



2002 K1200LT
2010 Suzuki GSX 1250FA (the Wifes)
2004 Cub Kamparoo Sprint
My Toys
1976 Datsun 260Z
1989 Nissan 300zx TT
Axle is offline  
post #12 of 15 Old Apr 6th, 2020, 6:00 pm Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
YiannisK1200LT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 15
Ok. Thanks. I will then repeat my previous posts which you cannot see
YiannisK1200LT is offline  
post #13 of 15 Old Apr 6th, 2020, 6:02 pm Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
YiannisK1200LT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 15
I intent to proceed as soon as life comes back to normal since we have a lock down here in Greece since 13th of March and most probably we will stay as we are till end of April. But for sure I will go with the rear Cruisetech. From my point of view I do not have anything to lose. It cant be worse than the 888 rear. My only concern is what tyre I will use at the front. I am also not happy with the front 888 which I had to change when I first installed 2.5 years ago because I had a terrible vibration which concluded that it was coming from the distorted tyre (brand new!!!!). Ofcourse they changed it without second discussion. Except the BT-020 do you have in mind any other front tyre suitable for the K1200LT? Most of the available ones I have searched are ZR or R and not Bias, but I believe this would be a problem. Your opinion on this would be highly appreciated.
YiannisK1200LT is offline  
post #14 of 15 Old Apr 6th, 2020, 6:04 pm Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
YiannisK1200LT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 15
intent to proceed as soon as life comes back to normal since we have a lock down here in Greece since 13th of March and most probably we will stay as we are till end of April. But for sure I will go with the rear Cruisetech. From my point of view I do not have anything to lose. It cant be worse than the 888 rear. My only concern is what tyre I will use at the front. I am also not happy with the front 888 which I had to change when I first installed 2.5 years ago because I had a terrible vibration which concluded that it was coming from the distorted tyre (brand new!!!!). Ofcourse they changed it without second discussion. Except the BT-020 do you have in mind any other front tyre suitable for the K1200LT? Most of the available ones I have searched are ZR or R and not Bias, but I believe this would be a problem. Your opinion on this would be highly appreciated.
YiannisK1200LT is offline  
post #15 of 15 Old Apr 6th, 2020, 7:41 pm Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
YiannisK1200LT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 15
Has anyone here used the front tyre of Michelin Pilot Active?
YiannisK1200LT is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the BMW Luxury Touring Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome