yah round ones with air in them as long as there not made in china
Michelin PR3's went on my 1600 GT yesterday what a difference, I'll be happy to get 6k miles out of them, who would have thought a 1600 was a sport bike
If you don't get 6k please send me your GPS tracks as I think I'd like those routes. 5k on second set and they have tons of life left in them. Swapped prior set @ 7k because I had long trip planned. (Had at least another 1k in them before hitting wear bars)
Today will be new rear tire time on my GTL (original tire). I always maintain proper tire pressure and my bike is primarily two up touring and the occasional trailer pulling. I just started seeing the cord and my rear has 8.5k miles on it. I think that's pretty good so I am putting the stock tire back on as my replacement.
I had the Metz Z8 on the bike when it was purchased. Great tire, very sticky dry or wet. These only lasted 6k though.
After research and talking to a couple BMW shops I put on B-stones Battlax BT 023 GT's. After a 15 day ride putting just under 5k on them, I found they also feel good in dry or wet conditions. Front shows very little wear and back at 90%+.
These tires get a regular work-out on CA Hwy 74. The Palms to Pines road, as it's called, starts at 233 ft elevation with a nice series of twisties (9 switchbacks) which takes you up to approx 4,800+ ft elevation in about 17 miles. Than ride back roads of SoCal (San Diego Co.) for 200-300 miles, than come back down Hwy 74 twisties.
Dealer says they are seeing many K1600GTL owners are replacing with the B-stones BT 023 GT tires and are hearing positive feedback. With about 8k miles I can attest these tires Stick, Feel, and Wear well.
Replacing my stock Metz after 9100 miles. Going with the Michelins..
The new PR4's (GT) are boasting an additional 20% longevity over the PR3's. So they may now come close to the longevity of the PR2 but with the additional wet weather traction of the 3's.
Since then I have moved awn up to a deluxe apt in the sky with my K1600GT. The OEM Metzlers are ok at 3k mikes and I anticipate an additional 2-4k more before the inevitable.
The PR4s look promising and in my experience, with the 3s, looking forward to the change. But, has anyone actually mounted and can speak to the experience with these on the K1600GT beast?
Got 7800 miles out of my stock Metzlers. Planning a trip from Jackson Springs, NC to Alaska in early June. Been doing a lot of research on tires, because I don't want to buy tires in Alaska. My dealer (Carolina BMW) suggests the new Michelin PR 4s. Hopefully I can complete the 12,000 mile round trip on those.
Just my .02 and probably not worth that.
Picking up my riding buddy's brother in Olympia, WA for the ride on up to Alaska. May be a good location to stash a couple of tires for the ride back to NC just in case. Thanks for the tip. I'll be sure to post a trip thread with pics
Wish you a great trip, and most of all, tread lightly ...hey, but ya have to have fun too!, right?
My 2013 GTL came with Metzler Z8's last June. I replaced them in October at 3,870 miles due to uneven wear, scalloping.
Put on Michelin PR3's with B spec rear. So far only 1,100 miles but a much better feeling set of tires. More responsive, smoother ride.
Jerry, Monument, CO, USA; 2013 K1600GTL, Mineral Silver
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