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rayma60927
11-11-2007, 02:02 AM
I am looking for some advice on some high mileage tires for the rt1200. I was cosidering the bt-o21 , pilot roads or the z6 models. I have bridgestone 220 on now and only got 7000 miles out of the rear tire, the front looks like it has 2000 more miles left on it. Thanks for any help.

professor
11-11-2007, 09:59 AM
Since I just got my RT last week, I havn't checked yet, but if Dunlop makes their Elite III in a size that fits the RT, that's what I'll be getting. I put them on my Moto Guzzi and got a bit over 16,000 miles on them and still had decent tread when I got new ones. Actually mine were Elite II, but I think the Elite III has replaced them.

So my vote for your consideration is the Dunlop Elite III. For me, they provided excellent longevity and were sticky enough for everything that I wanted to do.

Tom K.
11-11-2007, 05:04 PM
Since I just got my RT last week, I havn't checked yet, but if Dunlop makes their Elite III in a size that fits the RT, that's what I'll be getting. I put them on my Moto Guzzi and got a bit over 16,000 miles on them and still had decent tread when I got new ones. Actually mine were Elite II, but I think the Elite III has replaced them.

So my vote for your consideration is the Dunlop Elite III. For me, they provided excellent longevity and were sticky enough for everything that I wanted to do.

Dunlop's website recommends either their 220 or Qualifier tires for the RT. Neither the Elite II or III are available in RT sizes.

Also dissatisfied with the 7~8,000 mile life of the OEM BT020 tires, I've gone to a Pilot Road front and plan to mount a PR2 rear. For the front, the handling is more crisp, although there is a much higher noise level.
Tom
Tom

gulfcoastbeemer
11-11-2007, 10:49 PM
I have had success using Metzeler Z6 tires on our RTs.

I have obtained about 9,000 miles out of a rear tire and more than that for the front. If you install Metzeler Z6 tires on an R1200RT, specifiy the model specific rear tire: 180/55 ZR 17 Spec C.

I have yet to try the new multi-compound Michelin Pilot Road 2 tires, but I have heard good things about them.

I had Dunlop 220 tires on one bike when it was delivered. There were shot in less than 5,500 miles.

TGA57589
11-13-2007, 09:35 PM
I liked the grip of the Metzeler Z6's on my '96 RT and may go to them on the '07 for wear and stability in the rain.

professor
11-13-2007, 11:53 PM
Yes, I've heard that some Dunlops don't wear too well, but as I said, the Elite II provided me with over 16,000 miles front and rear. Not to shabby. Hopefully, the Elite III will be just as good.

SilverRT
11-14-2007, 04:11 AM
I just dropped my RT off for new tires. I got 12,000 out of the factory Pilot Roads and I'm getting the Pilot Road II's put on both front and back. With the different tread design, I'm hoping for a quieter tire. There is little information available on the II's since they are new.

maxscycle
11-14-2007, 02:14 PM
I am looking for some advice on some high mileage tires for the rt1200.



I don't have a 12rt, but a 11rt, and many miles under my belt. Do consider using a Met ME 880 in the front and a Z6 in the rear.
max

blast54
11-14-2007, 09:32 PM
I don't have a 12rt, but a 11rt, and many miles under my belt. Do consider using a Met ME 880 in the front and a Z6 in the rear.
max

I think you would want the Z6 in the front and the 880 in the back.
The 880 doesn't have anywhere near the sticktion of the Z6

When I bought the RT, it had a Dunlop 220 on the back that was down to the bars at 3800 miles and I am not crazy about the TWI's on the Z6 rears.
So, I put the 880 ( had to go to a slightly narrower and slightly taller profile .... same circumference ) on the back and a Z6 on the front.

With 5K on this setup, both tires look great and no squaring off of the back yet.

Downside of this setup is:
I have been running Z6's on a K1200RS for the past four years and really miss the traction of the Z6. That 880 is all over the place in the rain and painted highway markings. In the spring, I will forgo the mileage for better traction on the rear anyhow.

HTH

Bill K.
Foster,RI
05 R1200RT
05 Vstrom

rgmanley
11-15-2007, 12:49 AM
I am on my third set.
It came with Pilot Roads and those easily made 10,000 miles. I considered experimenting with another brand, but stayed with another set of PR's. Pulled those off at 9,000, but could have safely gone to 12,000. Just didn't want to have to deal with changes on a cross country ride.

I am thoroughly pleased. Don't notice the noise as I alway wear ear plugs.

Ron
05 R12RT

TONY2733
11-16-2007, 05:18 PM
Just changed the rear Pilot Road on my 2007 RT after 11,000 miles, front still has 2,000 or 3,000 more, I am very happy with the pilot road , don't think you can go wrong with them

JREDFORD131730
11-30-2007, 10:52 PM
I am looking for some advice on some high mileage tires for the rt1200. I was cosidering the bt-o21 , pilot roads or the z6 models. I have bridgestone 220 on now and only got 7000 miles out of the rear tire, the front looks like it has 2000 more miles left on it. Thanks for any help.

See this thread...http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=21737

greenwald
11-30-2007, 11:23 PM
Have gone thru 2 sets of Pilot Roads on my R1200RT. 11,000 - 12,000 miles on each set.

Only issue was one of noise at or around 65 MPH. Will be trying a set of Avon Storm ST's in spring.

Good Luck!

lvaliska
12-01-2007, 08:27 PM
If you don't do a lot of road racing, you could try just adding a little more air in the tires, whatever kind you have. A little more air = less flex = less heat build up = longer lasting tires. Can't remember where I read this, I am aware it might be total bull****, but on my K75 and my R1100 a few extra pounds of air gave me a little stiffer ride and about 15,000 to 17,000 miles on my rear tire. My 2008 RT only has a couple thousand miles on it so far, I'll have to let you know how that goes..
Just a thought,
Lvaliska

hlothery
12-03-2007, 03:46 PM
Another vote for Pilot Roads. The whine of the front tire is mildly annoying, but they grip well and ride well in all conditions I have encountered. I am on my second front, got 16,000 on the first one. Just had my third rear installed at 24,000 miles (first two got about 12,000 each). I ride the speed limit, no squid stuff, and usually two up. Like them a lot.