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I am sick of my Mets and going to order radials today for my 2002 LT. I am going to use Avon Storm 3D X-M for rear. I want to try the Michelin front tire and need to know if the Pilot Road 4 or the Pilot Road 4 GT would work best. Thanks in advance for your help.
 

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You can use any of those but I'll warn you that on the front of the LT you will only get about 3000 miles out of them.

I like the Metz up front and the bridgestone for the rear.
 

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You can use any of those but I'll warn you that on the front of the LT you will only get about 3000 miles out of them.

I like the Metz up front and the bridgestone for the rear.
Thanks for your response. I am looking for something that handles better than the Metz. I have about 11K on my Metz and the front is cupped really bad and the back has maybe another 2K left. The Metz seem to handle fine when new but with mileage the handling seems to go. I just want to try a set of radials and see what I think. After what you said I think I will just go Avon front and rear and see what happens. I find it hard to believe that a Michelin front tire would only last 3000 miles, maybe that is why you don't see them on many LTs.
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The LT is a heavy beast and is hard on tires.
 

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None of them! Read up on tires in here.
 

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While not rated for the LT, if you WERE to try one of the PR4's "at your own risk" I'd be using the GT version on the LT rather than the standard version.... it's a cross between a bias and a radial... a lot explained here.
"Pilot Road 4 GT – A higher strength version of the Pilot Road 4 catering for large sport-touring motorcyles likely to carry a pillion passenger and/or luggage. Bikes like Yamaha’s FJR1300 or BMW’s R 1200 RT for example."
The keep us updated on tyre performance and lifespan.... :bmw:
 
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The Pilot Road 4 GT front tire is rated for the LT 120/70ZR/17/58W
 

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None of them! Read up on tires in here.
I have been reading up on tires in here for a while trying to decide what to get. The more I read the more confused I have become. One person swears by a certain tire and next person swears at the same tire. I usually ride about 11-13K a year so a set of tires will last me about a year or so. I have always run Metz on my LTs so I have made up my mind to try a set of Avons on my 02 and see how they work. All this being said I still do not understand why the Pilot Road 4 GT would not work well on the front. But that is a mute point since I ordered the Avons last night. Thanks to everyone for giving their opinion on this matter. I still think this is the best site on the internet.
 

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Good luck with the Avons. Watch your tire pressures, one of the main causes of the front cupping is low pressure. Most people recommend 42 psi up front, and 48 (or max sidewall) in the rear.
 

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Good luck with the Avons. Watch your tire pressures, one of the main causes of the front cupping is low pressure. Most people recommend 42 psi up front, and 48 (or max sidewall) in the rear.
Thanks. I am anal about my tire pressure. The "cupping" on my front Metz is confined to one area and not true cupping. I feel as though it was possibly slightly out of round which caused my problem. We do a lot of riding in the NC mountains, so I wanted to try the Avons for handling.
 

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If comfort and safety are more important to you than longevity you have made the right choice. The Avons really stick, handle rough pavement and tar-snakes like nothing else.
Just be sure the ones you ordered are rated for the LT. If you ordered the right ones you can ignore all the naysayers that will tell you only metz and bridgestone make the right tires, and the ones that will say you can't put radials on a LT (that only applies to 2005 and newer).
 

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If comfort and safety are more important to you than longevity you have made the right choice. The Avons really stick, handle rough pavement and tar-snakes like nothing else.
Just be sure the ones you ordered are rated for the LT. If you ordered the right ones you can ignore all the naysayers that will tell you only metz and bridgestone make the right tires, and the ones that will say you can't put radials on a LT (that only applies to 2005 and newer).
Thanks. Safety and handling in the rain are very important to me. I ordered the new Avon Storm 3D X-M (proper rating) and they claim these tires will give 15-20% more mileage than the old Avon Storms, so we will see.
 

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Thanks. Safety and handling in the rain are very important to me. I ordered the new Avon Storm 3D X-M (proper rating) and they claim these tires will give 15-20% more mileage than the old Avon Storms, so we will see.
I am still trying to wear out a set of Storm2's and have not had the privilege of running the XM's as of yet. I would be very interested in your take on the XM's. Please keep us in the loop on what your experience is...

Thanks...
 

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I have run Metz, Avon, and Bridgestone 020.

Metz= best mileage, but slow handling.
Bridgestone 020 probably best all around.
Avon, very fast turn in. Not fun in city. Lots of fun in mountains. Bike wants to fall into turns and you have to counter.
 

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I have run Metz, Avon, and Bridgestone 020.

Metz= best mileage, but slow handling.
Bridgestone 020 probably best all around.
Avon, very fast turn in. Not fun in city. Lots of fun in mountains. Bike wants to fall into turns and you have to counter.
Me too. I also found that the Avon on the rear was not as stable as the others in heavy traffic at higher speeds with cross winds. Seems the turbulence caused a little wobbling.
 

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I am currently running the Michelin PR4GT on the front and the Avon Storm 3D X-M rear. Great combination in my opinion. The responsiveness and smoother ride are amazing.
The stability up front in wet conditions is confidence inspiring. I've got nearly 2,000 on them and I suspect I will easily surpass "Amarider's" 3,000 mile prediction. It's a '99 and I run 42-44 psi up front and 48-50 rear.
The already nimble bike now feels like a "big boned" sportbike.
 

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Just a comment, keep in mind that just because there is some tread left does not mean the tire is still in good shape. Things change towards the end of tire life and changing them out a little "early" is not a bad thing. Tires might just be the single most important thing on the bike. Something to think about when passing those four cars and a truck.
 
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