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Old May 3rd, 2019, 10:42 am Thread Starter
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New K1200RS TO ME - TIRES AND ADVICE?

Hi All,

New to the forum here. Purchased a '98 K1200RS with 15K Miles this January and just completed a trip to Big Bend with my father!

When we got home I realized I had a small screw in my tire tread, I decided to plug it but have since read that it is dangerous to continue to ride on it plugged?

Curious at what people on here believe? Additionally, if I replace what tire should I get?

Lastly any other tips for a new K1200RS owner?
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Old May 4th, 2019, 4:04 am
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Welcome! Great looking bike - I have a twin to your dad’s bike, a 2002. Just my opinion but I never take chances with tires on a motorcycle. A flat on a car is inconvenient, but a flat on a bike could be serious trouble. I run Metzelers on my K12 and like them. Unless it was done recently I would do a full fluid service including coolant flush and brake/clutch fluid. My bike was treated to a set of Spiegler braided stainless brake hoses and a full system check and flush at an authorized dealer. Regular brake system maintenance will help preserve the complex and costly brake system. Upgrading the quick disconnect fuel fittings at the tank would be wise if the plastic ones are still on the bike. These are great machines - enjoy! 😉
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Old May 7th, 2019, 9:24 pm
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Welcome! Great looking bike - I have a twin to your dadís bike, a 2002. Just my opinion but I never take chances with tires on a motorcycle. A flat on a car is inconvenient, but a flat on a bike could be serious trouble. I run Metzelers on my K12 and like them. Unless it was done recently I would do a full fluid service including coolant flush and brake/clutch fluid. My bike was treated to a set of Spiegler braided stainless brake hoses and a full system check and flush at an authorized dealer. Regular brake system maintenance will help preserve the complex and costly brake system. Upgrading the quick disconnect fuel fittings at the tank would be wise if the plastic ones are still on the bike. These are great machines - enjoy! 😉
I agree-I wouldn't ride with a plugged tire. The other maintenance recommendations are also a good idea. Only disagreement: I have found Michelin Pilot Road series tires wear much better than Metzlers on my '03 GT. I've used them for many years.
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Old May 8th, 2019, 6:05 pm
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When we got home I realized I had a small screw in my tire tread, I decided to plug it but have since read that it is dangerous to continue to ride on it plugged?
I ride with plugs in car tires. I wouldn't do the same on a motorcycle--there is too much potential for danger already.

Until you get the tire replaced, I'd inspect the damaged area every single time before you ride.
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Old May 8th, 2019, 7:50 pm
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Hey Jordan,
Welcome to the forum!

I was just out in Big Bend a few weeks ago.
It sure was nice other than being sorta busy.

Here's what I'd do:
Plug that rear tire ............. and then swap it with the one from Dad's bike when he's not looking!
You're welcome & happy to help! LOL

Seriously, it depends on how much tread is remaining as to how I handle a puncture.
If it's a new tire, I take it off and install one of the plug/patch fixes that looks like a witches hat.
If it's a well worn tire, I just usually swap it our and dispose of it.
If it's somewhere in between, I will plug it and ride it until I get back home and then decide how to handle it.

I've ridden plugged tires for lots of miles. I'd recommend to invest some time & practice plugging on an old tire where you can see what's going on "inside" the tire. There's a technique where you can give the plugging tool a "twist" as you remove the tool and leave the cord plug. (I don't use buttons ..... just the rubber inpregnated cords.) Once you get a feel for doing that, it'll leave a small "wad" of the cord that will not come out under any circumstances. Once it cures it get's pretty hard. I also carry a spare container of rubber cement with me and I use it sparingly after I've reamed the hole, and I apply it to the cord to be inserted. The rubber cement cleans the reaming tool, and it lubricates the cord/insertion tool. It's like anything else ........ practice and learn. BTW, I ride quite a bit ........ and I can't afford to toss perfectly good tires just because they got a puncture.

Good luck and safe riding!
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Old May 12th, 2019, 2:23 pm
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As Robert says, a mushroom type plug can last a long time. The string-type "gummy rope" plugs can be thrown out at speed, but I've never heard of a tire failure from a proper plug repair. A lot might depend on the type of riding you intend to do. Track days? Forget it! Two up high speeds across the desert? Probably not. Solo rides and sane speeds, the plug should last the life of the tire. I have an old Moto Guzzi that picked up a nail about a week after I installed a new rear tire on it. I plugged it with a mushroom plug and forgot about it. That was over a year ago. The bike doesn't get ridden much, so I suspect the tire will need replacement from age before the plug gives out.
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Old May 25th, 2019, 9:30 am
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Not sure if my life is worth a $200 tire. Just get a new one. I have been using RoadAttack tires for years, but just installed Angel GTs and have been very impressed with them.
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Old May 25th, 2019, 2:03 pm
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The bike is new to you and with low miles. I suspect both tires may be old. I suggest you start out with a nice new set of tires front and back. I used to use Metezler Z8's when I had my RS series of bikes. But that is old tire news these days. Read the forum threads and you will find something. If you have a shop in your area that installs tires if you bring them in with the wheels or bike you are better off by quite a bit to buy them on the web. American Moto is a good source or Rocky MT. ATV. Even Revzilla. Keep in mind you need an adapter for the rear wheel that looks like a cup with a 50mm hole in it to fit on the small flange on the inside of your rear wheel center portion so that it can be balanced. The factory does not put weights on the rear wheel until it exceeds 45 grams out of whack, 5 grams on the front is the trigger point. I personally think it is a good plan to balance both wheels to within 5 grams. Don't forget to clean and re apply water resistant wheel grease to the front wheel seals. Buy a Clymer book to learn about your bike and how to do things on it. BMW bikes like to be treated nice. Especially with various fastener torque values.
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Old May 30th, 2019, 1:02 pm Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone! - Sorry for late reply have been traveling with work.

Update since last post, right after plugging the rear tire i noticed my ABS light failure come on

Decided to take it to a "highly rated" local mechanic here in Austin,TX who works specifically on BMWs.

We put together the below list to get the bike back up to speed. Missing anything

1) ABS Rebuild (Module Masters Utah) and bleed (already has steel breaded cables)
2) New Rear Tire (bought $100 OEM Metzler online to replace the back, Front is new and only has 1,200 miles)
3) New Grips
4) Oil Change
5) Transmission Fluid Service
6) Final Drive Fluid Service
7) Spark Plus
8) Air Filter
9) Clutch Fluid Service

Putting some $$ back into this old jewel but with the low miles I plan to ride for many more years to come.
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Old Jun 1st, 2019, 12:49 am
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I put on Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT. They are great tires. For your list, I would have the charcoal canister removed and also change the gas filter. Add a USB plug for your phone.
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