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Here some info conserning Tire approval for The K1200S (other then Metzelers M1's):
(I will try to keep this 'list' updated)
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'Released Tires for The K1200S
Michelin

Avon

Bridgestone BT014

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update, but still no approval in Germany:

The following Tires are under investigation for approval for The K1200S (actually these Tires should have been released in late July, but no info yet)

1. Conti Road Attack/SportAttack
2. Metzeler Z6
and...
3. Pirelli Diablo

(Font: 120/70 ZR 17 M/C (58W) TL Diablo Front - 2.50 BAR )
(Rear: 190/50 ZR 17 M/C (73W) TL Diablo - 2.90 BAR )
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and here are Airpress recommended by BMW, for The K1200S:

one-up....................=2,2bar/32psi(front)... 2,5bar/ 36psi(aft)
one-up with Luggage..=2,5bar/36psi(front).... 2,9bar/ 42psi(aft)
two-up with Luggage..= 2,5 bar/36psi(front)....2,9bar/ 42psi/aft)
 

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BMW recommends one set of pressures for all riding conditions in my manual - "Rider's Manual K 1200 S", BMW Motorrad,
Order No.: 01 41 7 694 791, 09.2004, 2nd edition GB / RF on Page 126 and the back cover:

Tyre pressures: Front: 2.50 bar; and Rear: 2.90 bar.

" One-up: Front 2.50 bar; Rear 2.90 bar
Solo operation with luggage: Front 2.50 bar; Rear 2.90 bar
Operation with pillion passenger
(and luggage): Front 2.50 bar; Rear 2.90 bar"

Has BMW published revised recommended tyre pressures in a newer edition?
My manual is the 2nd edition published September 2004.
 

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Forgive my ignorance, but isn't a tire a tire? If the size is the same as the one originally fitted by BMW to the K1200 S why is there this discussion about "manufacturer approved" tires? What are they approving? The stickyness? The life? The ???
 

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Just to give you all a clue why this thread is here.

In Germany, either living there or having your Vehicle on German-plates, you have to attend the Laws. And the German Laws goes 'short' like this:

The German Approval Board of Vehicle (TUF) along with The Manufactor, in our case BMW, both have to approve of every Tire for every Vehicle to get a Registration. This mainly due speed, as Germany still have roads without Speed Limits :) :) (could some of you understand why I love German Autobahn's).
This Approval and time before a Tire is approved are depending on both the above and Tire Manufactors...who wants to sell tires...and to what Vehicle...ans so on.

Over the Pond here in Europe, every country, with or without a membership in EU, tends to go along with what the EU Laws are saying.. a little more clear ?
 

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bhaynnes said:
So Kjell, did you finally get some sleep?
Bill, thanks for caring for my health... LOL, yes I did..then I took TheS for a 3 hours spin..and I can tell you, this bike even have the ability to remove stress - new option? buildt in??, did you know that????:) :) ..and not to forget Bill, thanks for your help and support.
 

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Transferred post, Originator: Locus

Here some info conserning Tire approval for The K1200S (other then Metzelers M1's):
(I will try to keep this 'list' updated)
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'Released Tires for The K1200S
Michelin

Avon

Bridgestone BT014

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update, but still no approval in Germany:

The following Tires are under investigation for approval for The K1200S (actually these Tires should have been released in late July, but no info yet)

1. Conti Road Attack/SportAttack
2. Metzeler Z6
and...
3. Pirelli Diablo

(Font: 120/70 ZR 17 M/C (58W) TL Diablo Front - 2.50 BAR )
(Rear: 190/50 ZR 17 M/C (73W) TL Diablo - 2.90 BAR )
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and here are Airpress recommended by BMW, for The K1200S:

one-up....................=2,2bar/32psi(front)... 2,5bar/ 36psi(aft)
one-up with Luggage..=2,5bar/36psi(front).... 2,9bar/ 42psi(aft)
two-up with Luggage..= 2,5 bar/36psi(front)....2,9bar/ 42psi/aft)
Locus,

Thanks for posting these over 15 years ago.

Its aggravating to have to dig out my owners manual and do the Bar to PSI conversion.

Personally, If I'm hitting the twisties guys, I drop it to 34 and 38 PSI respectfully. I just like that bite better!

Thanks again!
 

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Thank you for this thread, I'm now in need of a new front tire, so I will be doing research.

I shaved my current one bald with a bit of hard riding.
 

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Look into the Dunlop Roadsmart III or IV. I'm on my second set. They feel just like the Michelin Pilots, cheaper, last longer, and US company now. They are multi compound tire. Anyway, check them out. I'm satisfied with them.
 

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I was looking at the Dunlop Roadsport 2’s, how do they compare to the RoadSmart 3 or 4’s?

The other tire I was looking at is the Michelin Road 5’s which are said to yield miraculous mileage
 

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Look into the Dunlop Roadsmart III or IV. I'm on my second set. They feel just like the Michelin Pilots, cheaper, last longer, and US company now. They are multi compound tire. Anyway, check them out. I'm satisfied with them.
I just got a Roadsmart 3 for my front tire off your rec, much appreciated! $150 mounted for anyone wondering
 

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I believe you will like them. I was at the MOA rally in Tennessee a couple of years ago and need tires. They didn't have Michelins in my tire size, and I really needed tires so one of my riding buddies got a set on his GT so I got a set for my K1200. Like I said, neither he or I can tell the difference going from Michelin Pilots to these.
 

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I believe you will like them. I was at the MOA rally in Tennessee a couple of years ago and need tires. They didn't have Michelins in my tire size, and I really needed tires so one of my riding buddies got a set on his GT so I got a set for my K1200. Like I said, neither he or I can tell the difference going from Michelin Pilots to these.
It’s hard to beat for the price of $150 mounted
 

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New shoes needed so I’m trying the Michelin Road 5. These are much more Sport in the Sport-Touring than the Metzler Roadtec Z6 currently on the bike.
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