Two motorcycle tyre tests from PS. The German sports bike magazine took a look at slick pairs for professional riders in its 6/2021 issue, and followed this up by looking at four brands of track day tyres in its 7/2021 edition. The PS testers declared Dunlop and Continental the respective winners.
The first espisode of Metzeler’s Table Talk video, which mainly focused upon the new Metzeler Tourance Next 2, quietly disappeared from YouTube not too long ago. What’s more, there’s no longer any trace of this product on the Metzeler website. What’s going on?
Amongst the additions to the Metzeler motorcycle tyre range we’re anticipating in 2021 is a product Metzeler says will be the “new benchmark” in the enduro street segment. This is the Tourance Next 2, the fourth generation Tourance.
Metzeler has launched the Roadtec Scooter, developed for all types of scooters with 10-16” wheels. Global scooter and moped markets are expected to increase, especially as pandemic lockdowns ease, and more people seek a cost-effective private alternative to public transport. The German motorcycle tyre manufacturer has chosen to extend its Roadtec brand into the scooter segment, consolidating its previous three lines for the segment. The new tyre takes inspiration from the award-winningRoadtec 01 sport touring tyre. It is designed for “adaptability and versatility,” capable of dealing with diverse weather conditions and types of asphalt in urban and suburban areas.
Metzeler has added the Racetec TD Slick to its racing tyre range, after unveiling the new tyre at EICMA in November. The new model is designed for motorcyclists and club racers for both competition and training. As such it has been manufactured primarily for ease of use. It does not require tyre warmers and does not require a particular bike set-up. It is also designed for consistent performance over multiple sessions, versatility on different asphalt types and operating temperatures, and high abrasion resistance. The rear tyre can also be reversed between sessions, useful on circuits which wear tyres more on one side.
UK motorcycling magazine RiDE has looked at six brands of sports touring tyres and declared the Metzeler Roadtec 01 SE its top pick. In its evaluation of size 120/70-17 and 180/55-17 rubber, tested on a BMW R1250RS, RiDE awarded the Metzeler tyres a score of 91 points out of a possible maximum of 100 and recommended the Roadtec 01 SE as its “best purchase”.
Metzeler has introduced a successor to its Sportec M7 RR supersports tyre. Called the Metzeler Sportec M9 RR, the new arrival claims a developmental heritage that benefits from road racing experience. Supersports and naked bike riders who chose the M9 RR will find dual tread compounds in both the front and rear tyres and a pattern based on ‘Pi’ that lends itself to quick warm-up times and maximised water evacuation when riding in the wet.
Following a long joint development process, Indian Motorcycle has named Metzeler exclusive original equipment tyre supplier for the upcoming 2020 Indian Challenger. All versions of the new ‘bagger’, including the Dark Horse and Limited models, will wear Metzeler Cruisetec tyres in size 130 / 60B19 66H on the front and 180 / 60R16 80H on the rear.
A quartet of Metzeler motorcycle tyres has been unveiled at the EICMA show this week. These are the Sportec M9RR, Roadtec 01 SE, Racetec TD Slick and Roadtec 01 Scooter. All four will arrive in the UK next year.
Riders of older motorcycles as well as modern, smaller capacity bikes can add the Metzeler Roadtec 01 to their replacement tyre shortlists. The sport touring tyre range will be extended this year through the addition of fitments featuring a cross-ply construction rather than the radial casing used in all previously-released dimensions. By introducing cross-ply sizes, Metzeler hopes to broaden the sport touring tyre’s appeal.
The Metzeler Karoo range is being extended with the introduction of the Karoo Street, a tyre developed for the latest generation of adventure, big enduro and dual-purpose motorcycles. The manufacturer sees its target rider group as those with bikes “capable of taking dirt roads in their stride,” and with the Karoo Street it anticipates that these motorcycles will “now be further enhanced” to “tackle distant road journeys, where good mileage, stability and comfort are fundamental throughout the lifecycle of the tyre.”
Motorcycle News has selected its ‘Tyre of the Year’, and again it is the Metzeler Roadtec 01. The back-to-back victory for the sport touring tyre, comments Metzeler, confirms the “excellent qualities” that the Roadtec 01 possesses.
Metzeler has introduced its new Racetec RR tyre for classic motorcycle racing with a debut race victory at the weekend’s Bol d’Or Classic, fitted to the Kawasaki GPZ1100 of Marcel Kellenberger and Stefan Merkens from Bolliger Classic Endurance team. The new tyre is now available in 110/80ZR18 M/C TL (58W) front; and 150/65ZR18 M/C TL (69W) and 160/60ZR18 M/C TL (70W) rear. The street legal tyre was developed for road racing, and now expands with the latest sizes in K1 compound to classic racing.
An addition to the Metzeler portfolio last year, the Racetec RR Slick is available in soft K1 and medium hard K2 compounds. The grip, handling and ride precision offered by the K2 version, as well as its durability, has now been improved thanks to an entirely new tread compound that Metzeler has developed for this tyre. Ever since the second half of last year, the brand’s own test riders, as well as professional racers and ambitious amateurs, have been active on European race tracks in order to ascertain the best possible compound option.
Metzeler reports with pride that its Roadtec 01 has been voted the Best Sports Touring Tyre by Motorcycle News for the second consecutive year. The publication evaluated eight sports touring tyres at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, and published the results of this test in its 7 June 2017 issue.