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    New Rubber For Old K11LT?

    I've put thousands of miles over this harsh-for-us DC winter and it's time for some new rubber. I want durable and all weather with the quality to handle some 110 mph riding (theoretical, wink). All weather means main ride: wind, rain. Probably need new rubber before winter so for every day, DC streets, long-ride highways, some Iron Butt (Boston, Bloomington, etc), and some twisters. What do you recommend? It's a 1995 K1100LT so pretty heavy, as am I, and sometimes two-up, sometimes with three full hard bags.



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    Metzeler ME880 Marathon front and rear.
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    Thank you!


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    Is your comment from experience with that tire?

    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Metzeler ME880 Marathon front and rear.
    I'm just curious to find out how you made such a "matter of fact" comment and wondering if I am overlooking that tire. I have an R1100RT with PR3's and it turned it into a different animal than any of the other rubber I have used on that bike and will slam another pair on right away. I have a K1100RS that ran, when it was running, with PR2's but they are smoked and not in a good way so I need rubber for it. My K75S is running Metzeler's and 8,000 kms later, they are in very great shape.

    I don't like the Metzeler for shedding water and it was the same way on my Airheads but other than that, quiet, nice in the corners and the life seems to be atrociously better than the Michelins.

    Just need some opinions and then I can form my own, which sometimes isn't very good.
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    I care more about water, rain, & traction than a 10k life. But I don't plan to race (can you imagine?)


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    New Rubber

    Last three rear 880's I had, had splits develope down inside the threads halfway thru their useful life. Last one before 3,000 mi. Talked to others who had the same problems. Bad batch ?
    You don't expect Germans to admit mistakes do you? Ran them for many years. Now, no more Metzelers for me.
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    I have PR3's on my '93LT and will not go back to the bias ply tires, I have never felt unstable in the wet or cold.
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    You won't be disappointed with PR 3's.
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    1992 k1100lt, two up, packed with small uni-go trailer.

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    I ended up getting new Avon RoadRider tiors front and rear. They were my mechanic's recommendation.





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    not sure if it's your picture, or your front wheel... but there appear to be some small dings on your front wheel. yes, no? (seen at/near the 3:00 position in first picture)
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    It really does look like that, doesn't it. Will look closer today.


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    Yep, that's a bent wheel. It's very visable in the first and the second picture.


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    Why didn't he ever mention it? I'll have to ask my mechanic if he had noticed it. Still feels super solid at speed. Could it have been a recent pothole? What sort if impact would have done that?

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    The front 3 spoke early K wheels do have a tendency to bend when they hit road hazards as the rim is only supported every 120 degrees. The earlier Y spoke wheels are much more robust, as they are supported every 45 degrees.

    Luckily, the 4valve K100RS and the K1100 wheels are more plentiful and easier to find used than the 3spoke K75 wheels! The 2 valve wheels are not interchangeable with the 4valve wheels due to the 4valve having floating rotors.

    There are a few places that can straighten the wheel including the Motorcycle Frameman in Sacramento, Ca. http://www.motorcycleframeman.com

    I've had EXCELLENT results with him on several people's forks and wheels.




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