Well it was time for a new tire on the BMW. I bought the tire online at a considerable savings and then brought my wheel and tire to a local motorcycle tire shop to have it installed. Yes, it cost less to have it installed by bring them just the wheel. Actually though the procedure for removing the wheel is pretty straight forward, you remove the lug nuts and take off the wheel. It took 10 minutes tops to do. I replaced the tire that was on the back. a Metzeler Marathon with a Bridgeston Battleax. I could’ve almost bought 2 Bridgstones for the price of one rear Metzeler! The only other tire manufacturer who makes tires rated for the K1200LT is Dunlop and they only make radial tires for it and the front tire which doesn’t need replacing is a bias ply and you can’t mix the styles on a motorcycle.