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My LT calls for "R" tires while suppliers offer "B" tires. Any thoughts on pros and cons?
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You must have an early model LT, or be looking at an early owners manual. BMW changed the specs on tires, I believe around '05. You can use a bias ply on any LT even if your manual says radial.

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What year is your LT? It makes a difference. Early models (pre-'05 I believe) can use radials, later models cannot.

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My LT is 2000.
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What year is your LT? It makes a difference. Early models (pre-'05 I believe) can use radials, later models cannot.
Not true. Any model LT can use radials, but now radials that will fit and have the load rating are not readily available,

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Not true. Any model LT can use radials, but now radials that will fit and have the load rating are not readily available,

Seems that we're limited to Avon's Storm 2 Ultra, Bridgestone's BT 020, or Metzler's ME880. Aren't there any others?

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When I bought my '00 LT in 2005, it had a brand new set of dealer installed Metzler radials on it. 10K miles later when I needed new tires the same dealer installed Metzler bias ply tires after telling me that BMW had changed its tire specs. I could not tell any difference in performance, mileage or anything else with those replacements or the next 5 sets either.

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The Avon Storm2 is the only radial that I am aware of that is currently available for the LT. Avon does not recommend it for 2004 and later models. I believe there are stability issues with these model years. They seem to work well on my '99, though I would not suggest they are better than Metzler or Bridgestone.

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Radial or bias ply is not as important as what kind of oil you use and how often you change it.


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Re: Tires

Okay, Going to throw may hat in and add some confusion to the whole thing with a question that has been on my mind.

As has been discussed at length in other threads, the BTs come new half worn out, since the front is not reinforced, does that mean that I can use any appropriately sized front tire up there?

I like the mileage of the Metzlers but I'm not really thrilled about the riding on ball-bearing feeling I get from them.

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The important thing to remember is LOAD RATING. DO NOT put a "B" rated tire on the LT. In addition to risking your life, you will get very short tread life. While some may be tempted to do the simple math and think that a "B" tire can be used on the LT it s important to remember that the maximum load rating on the sidewalls is not intended for everyday use. Yes, other tires will fit, but you have to stick with the higher load capacities of the very few recommended tires or you will literally risk your life. Bias or radial may make a small difference in handling, but likely only a professional rider might be able to feel the difference.


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Radial or bias ply is not as important as what kind of oil you use and how often you change it.


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another consideration is what a tire rep. pointed out at the Curve Cowboy reunion in 06 was that insurance companies have and will deny coverage for damage on a bike with unapproved or out of spec. tires.

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Okay, Going to throw may hat in and add some confusion to the whole thing with a question that has been on my mind.

As has been discussed at length in other threads, the BTs come new half worn out, since the front is not reinforced, does that mean that I can use any appropriately sized front tire up there?
Correct, the front tire for the LT does not require any special load rating. The standard load rating for the 120/70-17 tire is 58. So long as the tire you select has an appropriate speed rating of V or higher, the tire is capable of being used on the LT. I've run a Metzeler, Dunlop, Michelin and now a Continental for a front tire. I've worn all of the the past tires down to the cords.

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