I beg to differ on the Avons. I now have about 5K on my Avons and I am not planning to go back to Metzler any time soon. They handle so much better and with 5K on them I am detecting very little wear. Just my $.02 worth.
If I got 5K out of the metzelers, I would be a happy rider. >I beg to differ on the Avons. I now have about 5K on my Avons and I am not planning to go back to Metzler any time soon. They handle so much better and with 5K on them I am detecting very little wear. Just my $.02 worth.
I might be old, but trust me I am not ready to give up. Just ask any of my riding buddies. LOL Avon has recently introduced a new tire with a different compound that gives better mileage. Even with agressive riding, i don't understand why you can't get 5K or better with the Mets. As far as riding enviroments, I live about 50 SE of Charlotte, NC and we do a lot of our riding in the mountain areas near your hometown. We will agree on one thing, I don't think either of us want a Shinko tire.:grin:If I got 5K out of the metzelers, I would be a happy rider. >
I did the Avons once on my 2002, I barely made it to 1000 miles. I wish I had the pictures.
Let's just agree that we have different riding styles and different riding environments.
(Maybe even a twenty year difference or more in age.)
Avons are recommended for the K1200LTs(pre 2005). I have always run Metezlers until my last set when I switched to the Avon tires and I love them.If I were considering a switch from the BMW recommended tires (I'm not!), I would write a letter to Shinko or Avon or whatever you are wanting to experiment with and asking if the will make a recommendation for a BMW K1200LT. I'll bet they will say they do not offer a replacement tire for the bike especially considering the weight specs. I have logged 18k front & 14k rear twice on Metzelers with no complaints. It just isn't worth the risk of a tire failure to save a few bucks on a set of compromise tires.
One of the many changes with the 2005 and later models was a change in the front steering geometry. I think the rake angle was changed a little, reportedly to improve slow speed handling which was a common complaint from owners of earlier models. How much this change improved slow speed handling is a subject for another discussion, however, there were increasing reports of front end instability (wobble, shake, tank slap) following the change. The bike apparently become more sensitive to wheel imbalance or other factors affecting front end stability. It was around this time that radial tires were no longer listed as recommended fitment for 2005 and later models of the K1200LT.There is quite a bit of info on this in previous tire threads. Basically, if I recall correctly, the suspension geometry is different on the earlier LTs....