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More new Metzler tires. I seem to go thru them pretty quickly. Is there another tire out there that will work on a big heavy bike but last longer? My dealer said Metzler just came out with a new tire, but it is not available for mine yet. New tires every few months ain't cheap! :bmw:
 

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How many miles do you put on your tires before they are shot. Metz are suppose to get you the most mileage.
Also every few months, man you do a lot of riding.
 

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I ride to work almost every day. That's 35-40 miles each way, then church on Sunday, that's another 40 miles each way. It does tend to add up, but it still seems like they should last a bit longer.
 

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I ride to work almost every day. That's 35-40 miles each way, then church on Sunday, that's another 40 miles each way. It does tend to add up, but it still seems like they should last a bit longer.
What is the total miles you get on tires not each trip?
 

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no there is not, how many miles are you getting before you replace tyres? how is the bike loaded what are your tyre pressures? should be good for 8k or more. my last one did 13.5k km, towing a camper for half of that.
 

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There are several of us that run a Metzler on the from and a Bridgestone on the rear. For me the rear Stone lasts longer than the Metz and the front Metz lasts longer than the front Stone. Keep your pressures at 42 for the front and 48 in the rear. You live in a state that has warmer temps than we have in Michigan so keeping the proper pressure in tires would be very important. Heat is one of the great enemies of tires among other things. I consistently get over 25k on my tires.
 

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+1 on the Metz front and Bridgestone rear.

42psi front, 48psi rear.

My last set yielded 16k, front and 12.5k rear.
 

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Dunno know the total miles right now. The bike is in the shop right now trying to get that fuel issue fixed, so I cannot check the receipt against the odometer. My issue was that the back tire went bad and had to be replaced. Metzler is only giving me 50% credit because it is really worn. Tires on all of my previous bikes lasted like forever. They were, however, much much lighter.
 

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One other data point. Over the last 10 years I averaged 7,000 miles on a rear ME 880 with the first one lasting 9,100 (11-ME 880s). I went with a BT-020 on the rear this time and it still had some tread left at 9,912. I did just change it as I have a trip coming up and wanted fresh rubber but I could have gotten another 1,000 local miles on it. So based on that I am getting better mileage off the Bridgestone rear. We will see how the second one does.
 

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Boy John what do you do with that LT do burn outs I would expect you getting more miles than that I will get between 15,000 and 20,000 on mine
 

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There are several of us that run a Metzler on the from and a Bridgestone on the rear. For me the rear Stone lasts longer than the Metz and the front Metz lasts longer than the front Stone. Keep your pressures at 42 for the front and 48 in the rear. You live in a state that has warmer temps than we have in Michigan so keeping the proper pressure in tires would be very important. Heat is one of the great enemies of tires among other things. I consistently get over 25k on my tires.
Is there any reason that you recommend 42 psi front and 48 psi rear, My book calls for 36.3 front and 42 rear? Wouldn't that give you a hard ride? also, please let me know which exact tires you are referring to metz front, bridge rear. think I would like to try this combination
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If you run your tires like these guys you will get just a few miles out of
the rear - please note this is a brief moment of brevity :D

http://speedsociety.com/drifting-240hp-suzuki-hayabusa/?var=1320

Scroll down on the page to find the video

Advertisement: At the CCR Reunion in Chattanooga this year TJ
Tennant who is a Tire Engineer for Bridgestone will be there providing two
tire presentations. In his previous tire seminar he stated mileage all
depends on: road surfaces, bike weights, road temperatures, tire pressures
and RIDING STYLES. :cool:

As for tire pressures the collective wisdon of this site for over 10 years has
called for the 42 psi front and 48 psi rear. What you will find out over time is
that this site as has far greater knowldedge and experiences regarding the
the K1200LT than exisits at most dealers or anywhere elxe on the
internet. . . really!!

Back to your normal channel and anothe tire thread !!!
 

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+1 on the Metz front and Bridgestone rear.

42psi front, 48psi rear.

My last set yielded 16k, front and 12.5k rear.
+1. I switched to the rear Bridgs and it lasts longer and does not get near as loud as the Metzs does when it starts to cup. My last 2 have been Bridgs. And its cheaper
 

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As for tire pressures the collective wisdom of this site for over 10 years has
called for the 42 psi front and 48 psi rear.
Great that TJ will be back. I remember his advice on tire pressure was 2 psi under the max sidewall pressure if riding solo; at the max pressure if two-up. Or 40-42 F, 48-50 R.

I ran those pressures and averaged over 13K miles on the rear, and over 20K front.
 

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One other data point. Over the last 10 years I averaged 7,000 miles on a rear ME 880 with the first one lasting 9,100 (11-ME 880s). I went with a BT-020 on the rear this time and it still had some tread left at 9,912. I did just change it as I have a trip coming up and wanted fresh rubber but I could have gotten another 1,000 local miles on it. So based on that I am getting better mileage off the Bridgestone rear. We will see how the second one does.
John, we've never met. I feel much better now,hearing from the wise one what I already knew. Thank you. I've tried everything- still never not much more than 6000 on Metz rear. My new first time Bridgestone has 4000 is is looking good. Maybe more miles this time.
What a great site.
25000??! Really? How? I'm struggling to believe this. No, I don't believe it.
David
 

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I just had to replace my front tyre. It was a BT20, as is the rear. My dealer, whom I trust, said the all new Bridgestone T30 GT was what I needed, and that it was the "modern" replacement for the BT20. As far as I have been able to research, the specs seem to me to be the same, and after the first 700 km I am very pleased with the performance and handling of this tyre. Longevity is to be seen...I´ve put some 6000 km on the bike since i got it on March 20´th this year...and I keep tyre pressure at 2,9 bar, front and rear...Love to ride this big girl...will be taking her to the Harz mountains in Germany in about 3 weeks time...
 

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I just had to replace my front tyre. It was a BT20, as is the rear. My dealer, whom I trust, said the all new Bridgestone T30 GT was what I needed, and that it was the "modern" replacement for the BT20. As far as I have been able to research, the specs seem to me to be the same, and after the first 700 km I am very pleased with the performance and handling of this tyre. Longevity is to be seen...I´ve put some 6000 km on the bike since i got it on March 20´th this year...and I keep tyre pressure at 2,9 bar, front and rear...Love to ride this big girl...will be taking her to the Harz mountains in Germany in about 3 weeks time...
You might want to check the load and speed ratings on your tires - LTs take a 79V rated tire on the rear and 58V on the front. I have found that tire guys don't necessarily want to sell you something they don't have in stock. I had a Metzler ME880 non-reinforced tire installed on my LT right after I bought it. Although it worked ok, I always had that thought in the back of my mind that something bad could happen (like catastrophic failure and then your insurance company denying a claim due to use of a tire not rated for the bike). Attached is a copy of an MIC Tire Guide I downloaded some time ago, and use as a reference on tire issues. :bmw:
 

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Then here is a new question. I replaced the Metz bias ply tire on the front with a radial. Now I want to do the rear, but everything the tire store has for the rear is bias ply. Do y'all know which rear radial tire will work for my '02 LT, or do I need to put a bias ply back there? I have been told that you shouldn't mix and match the two.
 
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