Hi H96669. Is this really true about the offset of the front and rear tires? When I first got my 2003 K1200GT, I kept drifting or maybe it was just turns to the left vs the right were noticeably different. I commented to my son-in-law a seasoned rider. His explanation was on me being right handed making my turns seem different, that and a new rider skills. Anyway, I don't notice it now, but I am very curious about your tire offset statement. Regards JohnIf you read the manual carefully you'll realise that the rear wheel is offset.That contributes to the slight pull to the right generally found on the K1200RS and also uneven front tire wear.
Took me a while to figure that one out and why my left arm/elbow hurt after long days on the road.7-800 km or more per day and countersteering through all that.
So I took the rear wheel spacer out.Front tire still wears left but way less than before and my elbow pain disappeared.
A long time ago at about 50,000 KM, I also removed the rear wheel spacer to reduce the offset. Like yours, from this point on my "pull-to-the-right" was reduced to almost nil. Since this, I have ridden 100,000 KM with many changes of tire brands and the correction is still stable.Mr.jrmull....rear wheel offset spec is in the manual.I don't have it with me but the spec isn't set to a single measurement.BMW spec will be Minimum to Maximum and if I remember the difference between min/max is rather large?
Rear wheel spacer is somewhere in my shop.Never going back on and I should have removed it 250,000km ago.
I can't speak for other bikes but there could be a clearance issue without the spacer.Them 3 little Torx bolts holding the ABS ring in place may touch the wheel?But not in my case....2mm clearance.
Thanks for the note about the wider 5.5 inch rim being safe without the spacer - mine is the 5.00 inch rim of course. So... I have edited my post above to specify that this issue is related to the 5.00 inch rim.Thanks Jean......!
My 5.5" wheel can be mounted in any position without interference.Maybe the 5" is different?
I had the FD off the bike when I checked fitment without the spacer.Center wheel bolt on only and rotated FD against the wheel,no clearance issue anywhere.
Lots of thread left on this pair of Dunlop's Roadsmart.8,000 kms so far and most of that through Montana/North Dakota/Minnesota/Michigan so no twisties and flattened the center as expected.Starting to cup now that I can find curves in QC and have to step over the tire ridge when leaning.All expected but the previous pair "started and kept" in the western twisty roads wore out near perfectly.
At 8000 kms the Michelins/Metzelers were always done for.10-11,000 and maybe even better with the cheaper Dunlops I'll stick with them for a while.