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Old 04-02-2013, 09:49 AM   #1
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Question Front Tire recommendation

I did a search for "front tire" and overloaded the system or something as nothing turned up except a blank screen.

I need to replace the Tourance I put on in August - got about 8k out of it running at 40psi.

Any recommendations for a replacement MC Tire? Wish I could follow DaveBig's lead and get a Stroker wheel for a car tire but none seem to be available.

I care more about performance than longevity.

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Old 04-02-2013, 05:14 PM   #2
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I did a search for "front tire" and overloaded the system or something as nothing turned up except a blank screen.

I need to replace the Tourance I put on in August - got about 8k out of it running at 40psi.

Any recommendations for a replacement MC Tire? Wish I could follow DaveBig's lead and get a Stroker wheel for a car tire but none seem to be available.

I care more about performance than longevity.

Thanks,
Duncan
Last I heard from Stroker they where bldg R1200 wheels, I would consider calling Chris at Boxer Metal he was talking to Woody's Wheels about lacing 15" wheels to modern BMW hubs and should have some sort of an answer by now. Once you try a car tire it's tough to go back, bigger contact patch way more braking.Other wise the biggest motorcycle tire one can get in there .I had tourances when Claude mounted the chair, front should have gone maybe 5k, 2.5 and it was really toast.DB
Another less expensive thought just occurred if you could get Woody's to do an 18" wheel there would be lots of dual sport rubber choices (rear tires)or a Metzler Block K for the road.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:29 PM   #3
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I think the 1200GS has the same size front tire as the 1150GS so you might want to check this thread.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:56 AM   #4
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The front tire below is a Metzler Lazar it worked way better than the tourance. was just in garage and its a 110/90 really fills the front fender.

The next is a Marathon I had one of these on my previous Honda gl1100/Ural setup and it worked well.Its the tire they loved in the other thread.
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:18 PM   #5
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I have the Metzeler 880 on my GS rig and it's been wearing far better than the Tourance and Anakee II that came before it. I wish it had a better grip on dirt roads, so may go with a Heidenau K60 up front next
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:39 PM   #6
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I just saw today that Metzler has a new higher mileage ME 888 out now but I have not had the time to look up sizes yet.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:47 AM   #7
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I think the 1200GS has the same size front tire as the 1150GS so you might want to check this thread.
Drone: Thanks for the link. {I don't know why my search didn't turn it up.]

I didn't check out your front tire the other day - what are you running now? Heidenau? Avon?

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Still got the K60 Heidi--my 2nd. First one lasted about 8000 miles and I changed it out before it was completely gone. Maybe coulda got another 1000. Seriously thinking about following Patta's lead and next time trying the Avon Safety Mileage 400-19 TT on my TL rim.
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:05 PM   #9
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I just saw today that Metzler has a new higher mileage ME 888 out now but I have not had the time to look up sizes yet.
I am anxious to see how that one works Dana. The ME880 has done okay but this one may be better (or not lol?). So much has to do with driving style and how agressive some are , mainly in lefties.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:12 AM   #10
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I was just looking through Metzelers website at the ME 888 Marathon Ultra and it does look interesting. It is only available in 100/90 - 19 57H TL steel belted radial. Load rating looks good, 507, for the front tire but I do not see the dimensions as far as width and height listed.

http://metzeler.com/site/us/products...hon_ultra.html
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:00 AM   #11
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Still got the K60 Heidi--my 2nd. First one lasted about 8000 miles and I changed it out before it was completely gone. Maybe coulda got another 1000. Seriously thinking about following Patta's lead and next time trying the Avon Safety Mileage 400-19 TT on my TL rim.
Drone may be on to something, that thing cries out to be a sidecar front ! Its square, it has drainage and shoulders,probably a bigger contact patch,What's not to love but once you try a car tire there isn't allot of other choice.DB
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:50 AM   #12
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Drone may be on to something, that thing cries out to be a sidecar front ! Its square, it has drainage and shoulders,probably a bigger contact patch,What's not to love but once you try a car tire there isn't allot of other choice.DB
Will that fit on a GS rim? you got my interest. Kind of reminds me of anAvon markll.Running a Tourance without much complaint,but wouldn't mind some more mileage...
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I'd be interested in that Avon, but sure don't want to run with a tube...
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Hey Peter how you doing.The Avons were all I used on the Airhead rigs.They were great.But I don't think they will fit our rims..If that Hiedie will fit I might give it try.I like tread design look a little more aggresive now I'd like to know the price of them....
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Hey Peter how you doing.The Avons were all I used on the Airhead rigs.They were great.But I don't think they will fit our rims..If that Hiedie will fit I might give it try.I like tread design look a little more aggresive now I'd like to know the price of them....
Hey Bert. Revzilla has fronts for $145 plus $5 shipping; rears are about $50 more. I'm thinking the tread would be nice on those logging roads out in the PNW this summer!
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