Wolfgang said:The key to your front tire to never develop a "Funny" wear pattern is to never use the front brake. That is true for any motorcycle.
Or: They more often and aggressive you use the front brakes they more your front tire is going to develop a wear pattern that will eventually result in a front end shake. Not what we want to hear, but it is a fact.
I tried finding member support for the Michelin tires to fit the K1200LT, and couldn't find much. I reviewed the Accessories/Tire pages here and found this:G-One said:I recommend that you spend some investigative time reviewing posted reviews from recent tire owners. There appears to be a large support base for the Michelin brand. Your personal preference will be a deciding factor.
First off, welcome to the forum! :waveStarship said:What is the best front tire for a 1200 lt. The original Metzler had a wierd wear pattern. The dam thing will shake you off the bike at about 38mph. Any ideas?
dthogey said:I did not know this, I use my front brake often.
Yes, I was about to post, but then noticed that both Ron and you had already debunked the myths so I can save some typing! Amazing how these urban legends persist...jzeiler said:Using your front brake is not the problem. Using your front brake in a corner to bleed off speed is a problem with the tire wear. Keep using your front brake but try to do so when upright. After all 90% of your braking power is the front brake.
Looks like Ron beat me to the punch. I gotta start reading the entire thread before I reply against a specific post.
BTW my wobbly rear wheel created a very unusual "centered" wear pattern on the front tire. Much different from the usual wear.
I agree with this, the front Bridgestones look like they are half bald when brand new, but I sure do like the Bridgestones better than the Metzlers for grip and noise etc. I have ME880s on my R1200C because that is my daily ride and the ME880 sure delivers longevity but it also makes a lot of noise. My LT had ME's when I got it and when I replaced them with BT's the ride improved dramatically in ride comfort, handling, stability and a general reduction of squirreliness.blueknightga6 said:If you want miles, go for the Metzeler. I've had the front Bridgestone and it just seemed to wear out way too quick and even when new the tread didn't look that deep. The front Metzeler is not that many more dollars than the Bridgestone that I've found. But as others have said, keep that pressure at 42 psi.