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Knobby tires for LT?

We are planning on the Puppy Dog Ride with BMW Owner's of Vermont this weekend. This is a ride from the Mass border to the Canadian border (or opposite direction) using primarily dirt roads.

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Well, the forecast is for rain.
So I'm thinking of mounting a set of knobby tires on the LT for addn'l traction in the mud.

Has anyone done this?

I'm looking for specific recommendations for tire brand and model since I plan to mount them in the next few days. Thanks in advance for all your suggestions.
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Re: Knobby tires for LT?

I don't think any knobby's have the weight limits for the LT...

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We are planning on the Puppy Dog Ride with BMW Owner's of Vermont this weekend. This is a ride from the Mass border to the Canadian border (or opposite direction) using primarily dirt roads.

http://vtbmwmov.org/rides/#puppydog


Well, the forecast is for rain.
So I'm thinking of mounting a set of knobby tires on the LT for addn'l traction in the mud.

Has anyone done this?

I'm looking for specific recommendations for tire brand and model since I plan to mount them in the next few days. Thanks in advance for all your suggestions.
I assume you are being serious and I made a serious search a year or so ago when I was thinking about riding my LT to Dead Horse. However, I was not able to find any heavy tread tires that have the weight rating required for the LT. If you don't load heavy and travel under 50 MPH, it may not matter, but I wouldn't want to risk running to AK on marginal tires.

I've decided that if I want to make this trip, I need a GS. :-)

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Re: Knobby tires for LT?

Get some new LT rated tyres so you have full tread depth & make your own Knobby tyres with a tyre grooving iron.

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Re: Knobby tires for LT?

In anticipation of my 2004 trip to Alaska, I rode my LT down some rutted, snowy, sleety, muddy forest roads in the Flagstaff area from Feb through April. Underneath all the 'smush' they were pretty solid roads, but I didn't have any issues. Only thought I was gonna die a couple of times. Made AK a cake walk. Definitely want full tread, as I did park in some loose stuff once, facing slightly downhill, and the worn tires needed quite a bit of persuasion from me and reverse to get out.

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From October 2008:

I have decided to put studs on the KLT this winter and forego the tires chains, the chains were kind of noisy, and sometimes tore up the underside of the fenders. I always used to put the chains on over my Bridgestones (my favorite summer tire), but now I am planning on using these:
http://www.aerostich.com/aerosearch...t=Static&q=4706

So I wonder, maybe the Metz tire with its better mileage and harder rubber will hold the studs better than the Stones. Or would the better grip of the Stones on wet surfaces favor them for this application?

Your well considered opinions appreciated.


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We are planning on the Puppy Dog Ride with BMW Owner's of Vermont this weekend.
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Well, the forecast is for rain.
Hi, Curtis, I was in the neighborhood this past weekend (Memorial Day) and rode some of the Puppy Dog roads, mostly below the Rutland-Springfield line.

I was there with my brother who got to ride the GS (he has no bike of his own), so it fell to me to pilot the Light Truck on the dirt roads.

I do have to say that the ME880's that I have worked commendably on dirt and the strewn "repair" gravel. This is the type of surface that prevails on the PDR and as long as you are cautious around potholes and deep, loose gravel, you should do all right. Of course, the sharp pebbles will cut down the life of your tires.

The rain will make some surfaces slick and you will have to be really careful, but I believe that you should manage on the Metzelers - however, you will be much slower that your GS-mounted buddies.

I rode most of the whole PDR route last year on the GS and would say that it is doable on the LT. You may bottom out on the shocks a few times and have a few sphincter moments in gravel, but it is doable.

Of course, Voyager's suggestion is spot on: if you do more of that type of riding, you should get a dual-sport machine. Needless to say, won't happen within next two days...

Best regards, Robert.

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Re: Knobby tires for LT?

Are there not enough roads to ride in your area that you have to ride in mud and gravel? I think if it were me I would find a different group of buddies and head in the direction opposite of your planned route! I can't imagine riding for miles dragging my boots and thinking I'm gonna die any second!!!

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Good morning!

Can you get your bike in to MaxBMW for some type of sevice? They gave me a '10 GSA loaner for the weekend last time, and it was great, especially with the 8+ gallon gas tank.

If I still had my GS I'd let you borrow it, it's a great change of pace, just needs the radio!

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Re: Knobby tires for LT?

Having done a little mud riding on a LT, I wouldn't want to do that again anytime. Rain, mud and the fat lady two up (I assume the spouse is going) I'd find a GT or some other dual sport and leave the LT at home. JM2CW

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