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Redbook specifications and Bikesales specifications from 2006 model to 2009 have upgraded to 5.5 inches wheels and 180 55 ZR 17 and older models 2005 and below have 5 inches with 160 70 ZR 17.
That would be incorrect, as all LT years use the same rear rim and tire size.

And as John has said, you need to find a 79V REINF rated rear tire in a 160/70-17 size.
 
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Redbook specifications and Bikesales specifications from 2006 model to 2009 have upgraded to 5.5 inches wheels and 180 55 ZR 17 and older models 2005 and below have 5 inches with 160 70 ZR 17.
I don't know what Redbook and Bikesales are but BMW shows only the 17 x 5.00 rim for all years of the LT.
 

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Redbook specifications and Bikesales specifications from 2006 model to 2009 have upgraded to 5.5 inches wheels and 180 55 ZR 17 and older models 2005 and below have 5 inches with 160 70 ZR 17.
Every rear wheel for the K1200LT from 1999 to 2009 are the same 5.00" wide & 17" tall. BMW part number 36312331909 is the same for all K1200LT rear wheels. There are two different front wheels for the K1200LT depending on the year model. All the front wheels are the same size 3.500" wide & 17" tall.
 

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Every rear wheel for the K1200LT from 1999 to 2009 are the same 5.00" wide & 17" tall. BMW part number 36312331909 is the same for all K1200LT rear wheels. There are two different front wheels for the K1200LT depending on the year model. All the front wheels are the same size 3.500" wide & 17" tall.
Check out this 2006 BMW K 1200 LT.
This listing shows the different wheel size in the specification. I'm not sure because I'm a new owner and the one I bought is the same 2006 model.
 

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Also BMW does not recommend radial tires on the 2005 and up models due to the suspension geometry change, makes the bikes unstable at speed.
 
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This listing shows the different wheel size in the specification.
That listing is incorrect.

Some of us here have been riding LTs for 20+ years, so I'd trust that and the MAX BMW microfiche listings above some random for sale add. :)
 
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That listing is incorrect.

Some of us here have been riding LTs for 20+ years, so I'd trust that and the MAX BMW microfiche listings above some random for sale add. :)
Yes that listing was just bazar. Those sizes just don't make any sense at all. bikesales.com.au are hardly a reference source. THIS place would be the main reference source for LT's
 

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Also BMW does not recommend radial tires on the 2005 and up models due to the suspension geometry change, makes the bikes unstable at speed.
My bike currently have radial tires, rear tires is almost brand new but I'm looking to replace my front tire. Can I use Metzeler marathon Ultra bias in front and keep the Bridgestone radial.
 

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My bike currently have radial tires, rear tires is almost brand new but I'm looking to replace my front tire. Can I use Metzeler marathon Ultra bias in front and keep the Bridgestone radial.
Mixing bias and radial on the same vehicle is generally not a good idea so I'm told.
 

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My bike currently have radial tires, rear tires is almost brand new but I'm looking to replace my front tire. Can I use Metzeler marathon Ultra bias in front and keep the Bridgestone radial.
Mixing radials and bias is a bad idea on a car and a really, really bad idea on a motorcycle.
 
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Mixing radials and bias is a bad idea on a car and a really, really bad idea on a motorcycle.
Because my back tyres are radial and still practically brand new I just bought a Michelin Road 5 GT front tyres. When time comes for next set I will change both with Bias tyres as per specification for newer K1200LT. Anyone have experience the difference if Bias and Radial tyres? Thanks
 

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I move back and forth between a bike with bias and another with radials and, honestly, I really can't tell a difference.
 

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My front Radial tyres is fitted today. Michelin Road 5 GT big difference to the worn out Metzeler, more stable at high speed in the motorways. I'm just waiting for my new read rotor disc now to replace the annoying cow bell. I tried to temporarily fixed with high temperature flexible silicone today. See how it goes tomorrow.
 
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