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    I've always found that the original equipment Metzler tire up front, steered to quick to the point of being twitchy. I put a set of Avon's on mine and the difference is like night and day. The Avon's transformed the handling for me. I found the same on my r100r Mystic with the original Metzlers. What tires are on the bike?

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    Nope. Almost new Michelin Pilot Activs -- non-radial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaynjbmw View Post
    Nope. Almost new Michelin Pilot Activs -- non-radial.
    Very good choice, I've run those on lots of old beemers, including airheads. Can you ride another k75 to see what it's like as compared to yours? It might give you some direction to look on yours.

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    Apologies Chunk -- that was responding to Lee.

    I've always loved Metzler tires. I've had them on several bikes and have never been unhappy with them.

    I'm not aware of anyone around here with a K75 but plan to join the local BMW group next month -- would be nice to get a chance then. By then the steering bearings should be replaced on my bike, too.

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    Thought I'd finish out the thread....

    In riding and looking at it, the "notch" in the steering was pretty noticeable. The handlebars would easily settle into it. While it likely wasn't dangerous, it made low speed turns unpleasant, and counter-steering on the freeway (along with pothole avoidance at speed) quite unpleasant. Basically, it should have been more fun to ride the bike.

    I've had motorcycles for most of my life but decided that my first project on my first BMW would not be steering bearings (plus, I don't have a MIG welder for the bottom race!). So, I handed over the cash to have a somewhat local BMW shop handle it. A few days later it was done...and the experience of riding it was vastly improved.

    Thanks again to all who weighed in on my question!

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