Tires That Fit An (1100-1150-1200) BMW GS

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by martoonisotu, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. martoonisotu

    martoonisotu Please Stand By...

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    The following tires will fit the larger BMW GS models (1100/1150/1200). In fact, some of them were specifically designed and created for these bikes. Additionally, I believe all of the tires listed below are still currently under production and most of the models are available from swmototires.com--no personal or professional affiliation--a favorite vendor among ADVriders in the USA. If you know of other models available in other parts of the world, please feel free to share that info with us. I’ve attempted to arrange these tires from the most aggressive tread block design to the least aggressive. With some of the models, it's a 'six of one/a half a dozen of the other' situation. There's a lot of tires here. Some of them I've never even seen, let alone ridden, so I’m curious to hear your opinions.

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    FOR THE RECORD (and to save you a trip out to the garage with a flashlight)
    Front Tire Size: 110/80 R19
    Rear Tire Size: 150/70 R17
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    OFF-ROAD (top) to STREET (bottom)
    -SKAT TRAK SAND TIRE (REAR ONLY)
    Product / Order Info: (http://www.skat-trak.com/paddletire.html)

    (Acccording to Larry at Skat-Trak, he knows of no one who has run their product on a GS. His words, "Ya gotta try it out to see if it works." Basically, this is a modified set-up. They recommend you send them a brand new Continental TKC-80 and they'll install 10-14 paddles on it. Cost varies, but roughly it'll cost you $125 for the TKC-80 plus $90-125 for installation of 10-14 of their Viper paddles for example plus shipping...so, maybe $300 total--unmounted--to get yourself a sand tire with 14 paddles for the rear of your GS.)

    -METZLER KAROO
    Product Info: (http://www.us.metzelermoto.com/en_85/tires/template_categorie.jhtml;jsessionid=MLWZ2GMI3XAHZFYKJOPCFEY?catid=7900002&productid=16124&product_list=catid%3D7900002%26productid%3D16124)

    Order Info:(http://arizonamoto.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=SWMT&Category_Code=Karoo)<o:p></o:p>
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    -CONTINENTAL TKC-80*
    Product Info: (http://www.conti-online.com/generator/www/de/en/continental/motorcycle/themes/motorcycletires/enduro/tkc_80/tkc80_en.html)

    Order Info: (http://arizonamoto.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=SWMT&Category_Code=TKC80)<o:p></o:p>
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    -BRIDGESTONE TRAILWINGS
    Product Info (front): (http://www.motorcycle-karttires.com/glamourindex.aspx?productID=76&LookupID=19)

    Product Info (rear): (http://www.motorcycle-karttires.com/glamourindex.aspx?productID=77&LookupID=19)

    Order Info: (http://arizonamoto.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=SWMT&Category_Code=TW101)

    -METZLER TOURANCE*
    Product Info: (http://www.us.metzelermoto.com/en_85/tires/template_categorie.jhtml?catid=85DUALP&productid=16174&product_list=catid%3D85DUALP%26productid%3D16174)

    Order Info: (http://arizonamoto.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=SWMT&Category_Code=Tourance)<o:p></o:p>

    -MICHELIN ANAKEE
    Product Info: (http://two-wheels.michelin.com/2w/front/affich.jsp?codeRubrique=2092004104045&codePage=2092004104045_10092004102229&lang=EN)

    Order Info: (http://arizonamoto.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=SWMT&Category_Code=Anakee)


    -<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place>AVON DISTANZIA [AM 43 / AM 44] </st1:place>
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    <st1:place>Product Info: (http://www.avon-tyres.co.uk/motorcycle/?page=tyres&method=showtyre&id=20)</st1:place>

    Order Info: (http://arizonamoto.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=SWMT&Category_Code=Distanzia)<o:p></o:p>
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    -PIRELLI SCORPION S/T
    Product Info: (http://www.us.pirellimoto.com/en_95/tires/template_categorie.jhtml?selected=desc&catid=95DUAL&productid=16264&nome=MT90_SCORPION_S/T)

    Order Info: (http://arizonamoto.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=SWMT&Category_Code=MT90ST)<o:p></o:p>
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    -DUNLOP D607
    Product Info: (http://www.dunlopmotorcycle.com/tirecatalog_tire.asp?id=83)

    Order Info: (http://arizonamoto.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=SWMT&Category_Code=D607)<o:p></o:p>
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    -<st1:place>AVON AZARO-ST [AV 45 / AV 46] (front only, rear discontinued) </st1:place>
    <st1:place></st1:place><st1:place>Product Info: </st1:place>(http://www.avon-tyres.co.uk/motorcycle/?page=tyres&method=showtyre&id=18)

    Order Info: (http://arizonamoto.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=SWMT&Category_Code=AV4546)

    -<st1:place>AVON STORM-ST [AV 55 / AV 56] (new 11/2006) (rear only) </st1:place>
    <st1:place></st1:place><st1:place>Product Info: (http://www.avon-tyres.co.uk/motorcycle/?page=tyres&method=showtyre&id=25)</st1:place>

    Order Info: (http://www.tiresunlimited.com/ALL%20TIRES/AVON/AVON%20MC/avon_av55_av56_storm_st.htm)

    -KENDA K-671 CRUISER (rear only)
    Product / Order Info: (http://www.tiresunlimited.com/ALL%20TIRES/Kenda/kenda_k671.htm)

    -BRIDGESTONE BT-020

    Product Info: (http://mc.bridgestone.co.jp/en/products/battlax/bt020.html)

    Order Info: (http://arizonamoto.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=SWMT&Category_Code=BT020)<o:p></o:p>

    -<st1:place>AVON ROAD RIDER [AM 26] (new 10/2006) (rear only) </st1:place>
    <st1:place></st1:place><st1:place>Product Info: (http://www.avon-tyres.co.uk/motorcycle/?page=tyres&method=showtyre&id=6)</st1:place>

    Order Info: (http://www.tiresunlimited.com/ALL%20TIRES/AVON/AVON%20MC/avon_am26_roadrider.htm)

    -DUNLOP GT501

    Product Info: (http://www.dunlopmotorcycle.com/tirecatalog_tire.asp?id=8)

    Order Info: (http://arizonamoto.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=SWMT&Category_Code=GT501)<o:p></o:p>

    -CONTINENTAL ROAD ATTACK

    Product Info: (http://www.conti-online.com/generator/www/de/en/continental/motorcycle/themes/motorcycletires/sport_touring/road_attack/roadattack_en.html)

    Order Info: (http://arizonamoto.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=SWMT&Category_Code=RoadAtt)<o:p></o:p>

    -MICHELIN PILOT ROAD
    Product Info: (http://two-wheels.michelin.com/2w/front/affich.jsp?codeRubrique=2092004104045&codePage=2092004104045_09092004142252&lang=EN)

    Order Info: (http://arizonamoto.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=SWMT&Category_Code=Pilotrd)

    (*My personal favorites)<o:p></o:p>
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  2. GB

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    A good reference to keep!! :thumb
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  3. bonox

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    any news on the heidenau K60?

    Some say BMW approve a +- 10mm section on the GS rims - I can't find anything to that effect. Anyone help out?
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  4. DaveDragon

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    Exactly what I have been searching for; thanks for posting this! :thumb
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  5. gfspencer

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    Very interesting. Thanks!
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  6. Surly

    Surly surly adventurer

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    Pilot Roads too
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  7. martoonisotu

    martoonisotu Please Stand By...

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    If that's Sidney, Austrailia on your profile, you might want to contact these folks, (scroll down a few tires). If it's Sidney, Nebraska (USA)...well then, it looks like you're screwed like the rest of us here in the states.

    (http://www.racewear.com.au/product/subcategory.cgi?sc=22)

    Here's a thread on the Heidenau K60 tires in case anyone's interested.

    (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=76341&page=2)
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  8. martoonisotu

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    Thanks Surly! Any info or experiences you (or anyone else) would care to share about this Michelin product? It look like this model ranks in with the 95/5 (pavement preferred) models. I bet that silica feels good in the twisties on a damp day.
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  9. bonox

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    cheers - i've looked at their site - just have no evidence that it really is ok to put 100's and 140's on a gs. Tyre would not be as round as the correct 110/150 which would affect road riding - how about dirt?

    PS, Australia
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    Don't forget the Dunlop 606's and Conti Road Attack. Barb
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    gavin fair weather only

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    Bridgestone's new Battlewing is getting some good reviews here in the UK.
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  12. martoonisotu

    martoonisotu Please Stand By...

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    Is this the tire you're talking about? It doesn't appear to have gone through the US Department of Transportation (DOT) approval process yet. Do you have any additional info to share?

    (http://mc.bridgestone.co.jp/en/products/battlewing/index.html)
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  13. tsiklonaut

    tsiklonaut the (in)famous boxer perv

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    Heidenau K60, they work excellent. On my 3rd set now.

    Constant 15 000 miles out of front, around 12 500 miles rear usually, depending on the right hand.

    You have to fit the front wrong way round (to the pointing arrow) according to Heidenau factory! Reason is they aren't made as a front/rear set, but the front is a braking tyre, rear is a power tyre. Fitting the front wrong way round means less noise, more coherent wear (absolutely no cupping) and better wet and loose surface braking (less front wheel washing).

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  14. martoonisotu

    martoonisotu Please Stand By...

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    Thanks Barb, I've added the Continental Road Attack to the list.

    Unfortunately, I came up empty on finding the Dunlop D606 model in the standard sizes (Front: 110/80 X19 and Rear: 150/70 X17) for the big bore GS models (1100/1150/1200). I looked on both the Dunlop and SWmoto websites. Nada. Please share any info if you find otherwise.
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  15. martoonisotu

    martoonisotu Please Stand By...

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    Looks like a nice tire...thanks for the info. Send me a couple dozen shipping containers of them, and we'll both get filthy rich.
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    There's also supposed to be a Conti Escape, but it hasn't made it the the US in Big GS sizes yet. Dunno why.
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    martoonisotu Please Stand By...

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    Yeah, I'm familiar with that one too. I don't think it's being produced in the big sizes at all, just the smaller ones. It looks like the Holy Grail is still out of reach. I heard the side walls on those tires can't handle all the torque generated by the 1000+ cc engines. I dunno know if that's true.
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  20. Surly

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    For dirt I run the standard 150 but on a 3.5 inch rim and like it much
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