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Hi everyone,

Peculiar problem hoping someone has ideas about. Seems as though my rear tire is rubbing the paralever.



Bike is a 2000 K1200LT. I bought a new tire up in Spokane late last fall, so there was minimal riding after the tire was installed due to the winter weather. The tire is a ME 880 160/70 B17 73H. I can't find my receipt so i don't have the actual part number that was bought and installed. I bought the tire from Cycle Gear in Spokane and the folks there had a hard time finding the part number for the tire.



There is more to the story, but am thinking i have the wrong tire on the bike????? Can anyone verify the numbers above as right or wrong? I will call Cycle Gear tomorrow to get the part number of the tire we installed.



The rest of the story----I trailered the bike during my move from Spokane to Alabama. About 2 hours from destination, i hit some very rough roads, so pulled into a gas station at first opportunity to check on the bike. Sure enough, the two straps on the left side popped loose, and the bike was on its right side leaning against some cargo. Wasn't all the way over, but i tore up the rt saddle bag pretty good. I was thinking that there is always a possibility that damage was done when she laid over, but I really don't think that is the case.


Here is what i have done: I checked to see if I had lost a bearing or something, but everything is tight. Nothing appears to have any excessive or unusual play. So, i am thinking the bearings are fine, etc. I cannot see any marks around bolts, etc that would show that something shifted. In neutral and on the center stand, i spun the tire by hand. When it is on the center stand, the tire does not rub. Only when I have the bike upright, off the center stand, and with weight on it. My son sat on it and we rolled her back a little, the rub was present (squeally sound). I looked at the wheel very closely, and it does not appear to be warped. Also, I pulled the wheel off, and see a slight wear mark all the way around the tire. I also thought about tire pressure, and while it was 6 lbs low, I pumped it back up to a full 48 pounds, and the rub is still there.




So, back to my original assessment, I am thinking I have the wrong tire on the bike. Any thoughts or advice is appreciated. And, i truly hope this is all me just being a bone-head again and not a problem that is more than just a tire replacement.



thanks in advance. All of you are always so helpful.



Cheers from the muggy, hot Alabamer.



Brian
 

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RajinCajun said:
Hi everyone,

Peculiar problem hoping someone has ideas about. Seems as though my rear tire is rubbing the paralever.



Bike is a 2000 K1200LT. I bought a new tire up in Spokane late last fall, so there was minimal riding after the tire was installed due to the winter weather. The tire is a ME 880 160/70 B17 73H. I can't find my receipt so i don't have the actual part number that was bought and installed. I bought the tire from Cycle Gear in Spokane and the folks there had a hard time finding the part number for the tire.



There is more to the story, but am thinking i have the wrong tire on the bike????? Can anyone verify the numbers above as right or wrong? I will call Cycle Gear tomorrow to get the part number of the tire we installed.



The rest of the story----I trailered the bike during my move from Spokane to Alabama. About 2 hours from destination, i hit some very rough roads, so pulled into a gas station at first opportunity to check on the bike. Sure enough, the two straps on the left side popped loose, and the bike was on its right side leaning against some cargo. Wasn't all the way over, but i tore up the rt saddle bag pretty good. I was thinking that there is always a possibility that damage was done when she laid over, but I really don't think that is the case.


Here is what i have done: I checked to see if I had lost a bearing or something, but everything is tight. Nothing appears to have any excessive or unusual play. So, i am thinking the bearings are fine, etc. I cannot see any marks around bolts, etc that would show that something shifted. In neutral and on the center stand, i spun the tire by hand. When it is on the center stand, the tire does not rub. Only when I have the bike upright, off the center stand, and with weight on it. My son sat on it and we rolled her back a little, the rub was present (squeally sound). I looked at the wheel very closely, and it does not appear to be warped. Also, I pulled the wheel off, and see a slight wear mark all the way around the tire. I also thought about tire pressure, and while it was 6 lbs low, I pumped it back up to a full 48 pounds, and the rub is still there.




So, back to my original assessment, I am thinking I have the wrong tire on the bike. Any thoughts or advice is appreciated. And, i truly hope this is all me just being a bone-head again and not a problem that is more than just a tire replacement.



thanks in advance. All of you are always so helpful.



Cheers from the muggy, hot Alabamer.



Brian
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My 1999 K 1200LT BMW repair manual sez rear tire is 160/70 R17 79 V tubeless, book is located at 1260 Plum Street Prattville Alabama if you would like to see it.---welcome to P'ville
C J (Sonny) Billingsley
 

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Yeah, looks like it is the wrong tire. The load rating should be 79 and speed rating V, not the 73H you posted.
 

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Damik Cajun, I guess you will be the first to have his rear drive go bad while trailering.... Just kiddin my friend. My memory is not always that good, But didn't the LT have a shim on the rim rim? Maybe you forgot to put it back on? If not, I think you are on the right track with the wrong tire from cycle gear. Great store but they do not understand BMW weight ratings. Especially the LT. Some tires have also delamed but usually with a bulge and not all the way around the tire. I wish we could have gotten together again before you left for Alabama. Good luck there.
 

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Yea...I would be the one to forget the shimm. But, sorry, I got that covered. The shimm is there. I wanted really bad to head over the mountains to you before i left, but the dissertation about kicked my ass those last few months. never worked so hard! But, the payoff will come with the satisfaction of the growth i expereinced and the new ventures i will surely undertake thanks to the doors that will open.
Can't say that i am happy to be back here...I like it alright, but i was spoiled up there man!! Won't miss shoveling snow though!!!!!
Talk to you soon my friend. Stay in touch please.
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Shim or no shim you have the wrong tire. You need to replace it immediately as it is severley under rated for this bike. It must be the 79V REINF.
 

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An update....I called Cycle Gear today in Spokane. The manager (they call them Team Leaders) was very nice and helpful. Long story short, together we found how the mistake was made, and he accepted full responisbility. I have a new tire on the way to the local dealer here in AL and it will be replaced free of charge. So, while a mistake was made, they took care of it! And, yes, another lesson learned, I should have doubled checked everything. So, i hold this as my fault as well. the bike is of course parked until the tire is changed, which should happen Mon or Tues.
 

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Coach: Glad Cycle Gear was customer oriented. Wish you could accompany Cathy and I on our 5K Rideabout.

GB Brother!

SEREs & Cheers

Big AL
 
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