Originally Posted by Malki
Tom - with 895,000 miles on two wheels I'm not that far behind you - we shall just have to disagree on pressures. Everybody to their own, I was just trying pointing out the safety issues for those with less experience.
I'm not trying to sound difficult so don't take it that way ok. But to say putting max air pressure (what is rated on the tire sidewall - not by BMW's manual) to be a bad idea for safety reasons is wrong. It isn't a safety issue at all to put max air pressure in or the tire manufacture could not put it on the tire, regarding BMW as the know it all source for tire safety is incorrect as well, regarding the tire manufacture is however correct.
I've only got 114k miles on my lt, and found real quick adding a couple pounds over max PSI makes these ME 880's work fine, very little cupping or non exsistant sometimes. no wobble feel to it. Great wear from them.
talking to a rep it was said running a couple pounds over max is fine, I run 43-45 F 50-52 R, what a difference over the BMW manual in handling and wear.
Keep in mind though I live in the North Ga mountains and ride pretty aggressive in the curves, as well as had this bike all over the country like Death valley in 114 degree temps running just a little over the speed limit (ok maybe a little more than little over <grin>)
Running lower air pressure than what is on the sidewall's of these tires causes premature wear cupping and poor handling on the K1200LT, especially if you are two up. at least for my riding style it has.
Just my humble experience on it.
you may or may not be behind me in miles, I really do not know exactly how many miles I have riding over my life time, but we are real close to each other for sure. Living in fl since a kid had it's advantages <grin>!