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post #1 of 8 Old Aug 10th, 2013, 8:46 am Thread Starter
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Opinions on tires

I've been following this forum since before I purchased my '05 LT in 2007. My LT has 85K miles and is undergoing its annual in my garage. I have used this site extensively to troubleshoot issues and learn how to do the ABS brake bleed and other procedures.

My question is this: Does anyone have any objective evidence or proof regarding the best tires for the LT. I'm on my 5th or 6th set of M880's and have had no issues. Many members state this brand or that brand have better grip in wet conditions or on tar snakes etc.

Unless you're pushing your bike to the limit, experiencing rear wheel drift, losing the front wheel in turns or sliding regularly off the road in the rain how do you quantify this?

How many of you have actually crashed or dropped your bike in the rain while maneuvering with a tire brand then changed tire brands and repeated the "experiment".?

All opinions stated are just that, opinions. "Well it feels better in turns with this brand".

Especially mixing brands front and rear. When BMW designed the LT I rest assured they didn't just walk into the back room a pick two random tires because they just happen to have them. Perhaps they actually did some research with different brands, sizes?

Each tire brand has different design characteristics. If one uses different brands front & rear you may lose the benefits that a matched set may offer. Would you have different brands front & rear on your personal vehicle? Not I.

This may ignite a firestorm of opinions, like discussing the best oils for the LT or better yet religion and politics.

Your opinions Ladies & Gentlemen.
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I'm currently running an ME880 front and a Bridgestone BT020 rear and love it. (it's my 2nd time with this combo).

I tried the BT020 front and it wore out way too quick, being shot at about 7,000 miles. Meanwhile my current front ME880 has 15,000 miles on it, yes 15,000 and has some good miles left. The cost comparison between the front Metzeler and Bridgestone in negligible so the Metzeler is the clear value here.

When I bought my first rear Bridgestone it was because of price. The Bridgestone was significantly lower in price than the Metzeler. From reading here, I knew the mileage would be less but not really that much less. I figured I could buy 3 Bridgestones for the eventual cost of 2 Metzelers and still have money left over. In between I did put a rear Metzeler on and was quite happy with it (the Magic Carpet had Metzelers on it when I bought it). That particular Metzeler needed to be replaced because of a road hazard damage and I just happened to replace it with a Bridgestone because Metzelers were backordered at the time. My current Bridgestone has about 10,000 miles on it and has plenty of good miles left. I had put 13,000 miles on a previous one and it was only replaced because of a previous puncture repair that had begun to leak.

I can not tell any difference in grip between the two when on dry roads. I had the bike "slip" on the rear once while fully loaded in a right turn at an intersection with the nearly new Metzeler. I was not on any of the painted lines. On tar snakes in the summer I do notice a difference. The front Metzeler sometimes feel like it's on snow or ice when it hits them and I noticed the same with the rear. I don't notice it as much with the rear Bridgestone.

I have noticed that the rear Metzeler looks like it gives more "rim to road" distance than the rear Bridgestone when both are new.

Most of my riding is two up and pressures are 42 and 46/48.


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I use a Metz in front, and a Bstone in the back..no drops,..love it. Prior I have dropped the bike due to tar snakes and water with Metz front and back. Use what you are comfortable with. More opinions to come I'm sure with riding styles and conditions.

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I'll third the Metzler front and B'stone rear for longest tire life. I messed up and ordered them backwards this time and now that both are installed, will be going ahead and ordering a new set (correctly) since the backward combo. doesn't last as long.

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Are we talking about mixing radial and bias here? Isn't that a no-no?
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I like the ME880's for long milage......If I'm thinking of doing a lot of twisties I love the BT020's....The milage sort of sucks on the Bridgestones but they are soft enough to grip like your on rails..........Just my two cents worth



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Are we talking about mixing radial and bias here? Isn't that a no-no?
With my ME880 and BT020 combo, they're both bias ply. Bridgestone hasn't made a radial BT020 for the K1200LT for a number of years. Since I've never looked for radial I don't know if Metzeler makes radials or not for the K1200LT.

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