Originally Posted by hschisler
Dave and John,
So help me understand: you're saying the Bridgestone radials are better in wet weather, correct?
Is my present tire (BT020) a radial?
Dealer told me he didn't like the Bridgestones because they don't handle the bike's weight as well as the Metzlers. What's the bottom line on all of the tire choices? I guess I'll take better dry and/or wet traction over longer tire life, but it's not clear to me which is the way to go.
Also: if I get the tire patched can I use it again, and if so, when would I want to -- local riding only? I'm not riding the LT to STC this week, it's being trailered.
Last time I went to a dealer I ear the same, in my opinion, BS.
At time time, looked like the dealer was trying to promote his Metz tires. But I'm not expert on it.
I have been using BT020 since my second pair of tires, on my old 1999 LT. Used Metz only once, last year, on a trip to Alaska, and just because I was too lazy to thinking about changing tires on the middle of the trip, but I regreted that, since the way back I got a lot of rain, and the tire was really scary to ride on the rain.
The BT020 will handle the weight of the K12LT. It will wear fast because it has more grip. You cannot have grip and miles on the same tire...
(is it "messenger" who always say: "Good, Fast and Cheap. Pick 2" ?
The price coted for you is quite high, but if you are in a hurry, don't see any other option. There are some web sites who sell BT020 for almost half of this cote.
The BT020 on your 2005LT most like are Bias, not the Radial model.
I used both and could not tell a real difference on grip, but on the other hand, I'm not a pegs scrapper, so maybe if you are, you will notice a difference between the Bias and Radial BT020.
The Metz are good for mileage. Only that on my opinion, but it's interesting that there are many other riders here who will tell you otherwise, so my advise is use both and decide which one is better for you...