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post #1 of 16 Old Apr 7th, 2020, 9:14 pm Thread Starter
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What are the current recommended tires for the 2005 K1200LT these days?

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LT 2006, here in Europe and particularly in FRANCE
Michelin PR4-GT and AVON 3D X-M AV66
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Having just ordered tires (in Western Canada) I found: Avon has discontinued their tires for this bike (storm II and Storm 3D), but this is a 2005 and radial tires (which Avons are) are not recommended.
Those who know this bike well (who post regularly on this forum) advised re bias ply only.
My local BMW shop parts guy (after suggesting tires that we’re not appropriate for the weight of this beauty) was asked to do his homework first before putting me on unsafe tires—said Metzler 888 and Bridgestone BT 020 (and then said he couldn’t get the Bridgestone because they too are discontinued). I ordered a full set from online source in central Canada (fortnine.ca).
I am way too new to be offering advice, but I have just run around this tire issue for two weeks, having recently bought a 2005 LT.
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I'm still using the OEM tires that came on LT's. On the front I use the Metzler ME880 that are discontinued but still available. For the rear I use the Bridgestone Battlax BT-020 part #057554. I'm not concerned with the older date code I use them up in less than a year.
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The Bridgestone BT-020 has not been discontinued according to the Bridgestone rep at the MOA rally. They no longer show up on their web site but they continue to make them in limited batches. The last one was 2217 week/year code. Dennis Kirk has 10 in stock right now.
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I'm still using the OEM tires that came on LT's. On the front I use the Metzler ME880 that are discontinued but still available. For the rear I use the Bridgestone Battlax BT-020 part #057554. I'm not concerned with the older date code I use them up in less than a year.
Where are you getting the Metzler ME880? is it Bias or radial? The Battlax is radial?

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Where are you getting the Metzler ME880? is it Bias or radial? The Battlax is radial?

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I can't remember where I bought my last set of tires. Both tires are Bias Ply.
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Thanks guys. Got OEM tires on order
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post #9 of 16 Old Apr 12th, 2020, 5:39 am
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How many years are you using the Michelin Pilot 4GT on the front? I am running the Metz 888 the last 3 years but I am not happy at all with the grip so I am in process of purchasing the Metz Cruisetech 169/70 B17 79V Reinforced for the rear while I am still thinking which tire to install at the front. I seriously consider to install the Michelin 5GT on the front
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How many years are you using the Michelin Pilot 4GT on the front? I am running the Metz 888 the last 3 years but I am not happy at all with the grip so I am in process of purchasing the Metz Cruisetech 169/70 B17 79V Reinforced for the rear while I am still thinking which tire to install at the front. I seriously consider to install the Michelin 5GT on the front
When I bought my bike it had Pilot 4 GT front and back. I was shocked to find that they had the side wall strength of a paper bag.
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How many years are you using the Michelin Pilot 4GT on the front? I am running the Metz 888 the last 3 years but I am not happy at all with the grip so I am in process of purchasing the Metz Cruisetech 169/70 B17 79V Reinforced for the rear while I am still thinking which tire to install at the front. I seriously consider to install the Michelin 5GT on the front
Had the PR4GT on front of my '05 for quite few years now, love the handling...great tyre, pity the rear isn't suitable for the LT as it is for the GT bike....so ts a Metz or BT. Still have the Metz on my rear.
Haven't checked specs on the 5GT...

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Thanks for the feedback. I have checked the specification of 5GT for the front tire and everything looks fine except from the fact that it is not Bias but ZR. Considering that this front tire is suitable as per BMW for the K1600GTL which has a weight of 438Kgs that's why I was wondering if 5GT could be used also on K1200LT. I have read many good reviews for the 5GT and would be great if I can use them for the front since in Greece we have a lot of snake roads and some unexpected rain sometimes. It would be perfect to finally feel more confident with the handling if the combination of 5GT front and Cruisetech rear works as I assume based on the characteristics and reviews of the 2 tires.
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Yiannis,
In France, on my 2006 LT, I ride with a PR4 GT at the front and an AVON Storm 3 DX at the rear, with good sensations, good grip in the rain.
AVON still manufactures the Storm 3 DX for our motorcycles. I just recommended it for the rear, I just received it today and it is marked "04/20" 4th week 2020, made in England and cheaper than other brands.
I haven't tried the PR5 GT yet.
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I keep using the OEM Metz ME880 Reinforced front and rear.
However, I could'nt find the 160 rear. I got a 170 rear by mistake, but it fit just fine with a 2mm spacer.
I haven't had a reason to change the Metz, it's pretty hot here, and they have very good grip and last a long time.

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Chris. Thanks a lot for the feed back. As far as I can see the AVON is Radial and not a Bias which troubles me a little bit with regards to the structure methodology being more solid on Bias (at least based on what I have read so far but maybe i am wrong). The fact that at least 3 times per year I ride with my wife for several days with full load on all 3 bags and also additional portable back on the center bag, as well as the fact that the quality of asfalt in Greece are not so good makes me be very caution with the rear. I would prefer especially for the rear to stay with the specifications of BMW in every detail, that's why I consider the Cruisetech of METZ as a very good case and actually I am in process for ordering it from Germany since METZ has not bring it here yet. For the front tire I will go either with the 888 or the PRGT5.
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Hi Steve
Just wondering what you did for tires on your lt?
How do you like what you picked?
Iím in need of new treads on my 99 lt. And am considering Dunlop rslll front & Shinko 777 rear per Kirk Johnson @ Illinois bmw riders.
My local independent wonít install anything other than Metzler 888s. I have me880s now and want a better grip. The tar snakes and sudden cold in Colorado make the Metzelers a little spooky! I like to keep only the rubber on the road!
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