Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
I have a Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT on the rear tire of my 2007 K1200GT. My rear tire is almost bare (local commutes), but I have a new set of PR4s ready to install. All I need is time to take off the old wheels and get the new ones installed.
After trying many brands of tires, I have settled on the Michelins Pilot Road tires. I have ridden with PR2s, PR3s, and PR4s. They have given me good wear (typically well over 10,000 miles per set) and great traction. They are especially good in wet weather. I like the tread pattern on the front tire. I avoid tread patterns with parallel grooves that line up with the direction of travel (e.g. concentric rings). Those tread patterns tend to catch more on the grooves that they cut in freeway pavement here. I think they tend to cause more trouble on edge traps, too. That is one of the reasons I like the PR4s - the tread pattern works well here.
If you live in Southern California, I recommend Wheel Works in Garden Grove. I have them change my tires, but I do my own static balancing with a Marc Parnes wheel balancing set. Wheel Works does not have the correct hub to spin balance my rear wheel.
The real question I am facing is whether to replace the TPM sensors. Right now, I have the original sensors (from 2007!!) still working in the K1200GT. The rear sensor is slow to connect, but it has been reliable. The "slow to connect" has been going on for years. I thought that the battery was giving out, but it keeps going. If I decide to replace the TPM sensors, then what kind of replacements should I buy? New BMW $ensors from the dealer, or the cheap ones from eBay?
Do you have any thoughts about tires, old TPMs, sources of TPM sensors, etc.?