Its pre-launch testing is now complete, and the new, streel-legal Metzeler MC360 motocross tyre is now available. The range is offered in a choice of two compound specifications, Mid-Soft and Mid-Hard. Two front wheel and seven rear wheel sizes are available.
A new Metzeler tyre for motocross and other off-road riders is coming to market this spring. Complete technical specifications and size availability for the MC 360 range will be released upon the range’s introduction, however Metzeler shares that the tyre will be homologated for road use and produced in two specifications, mid-soft and mid-hard.
The Metzeler Sportec M7 RR has completed a hat trick of comparative tyre tests, following up its Motorcycle News and Motorrad victories with a third in the German magazine, PS. The Sportec M7 RR prevailed over the Pirelli Diablo Rosso III, Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S21, Continental Sport Attack 3, Michelin Pilot Power 3, and Dunlop SportSmart2.
Ian Hutchinson won the Supersport and Superstock categories on Metzeler’s road legal Metzeler Racetec RR tyres, developed through past road racing seasons. The tyre manufacturer’s products were fitted to the whole podium in both races, but it was Hutchinson’s imperious form that led to victories on his Team Traction Control Came BPT Yamaha YZF-R6 in Supersport and Tyco BMW S1000RR in the Superstock class.
Launched this month, the Roadtec 01 is the latest generation of Metzeler sports touring tyre. This successor to the Roadtec Z8 Interact has been developed to offer class leading levels of grip in all weather conditions, and Metzeler says it is perfect for sports touring, naked/sports bikes and adventure machines.
Two new dedicated slick products have entered the Metzeler motorcycle tyre portfolio in 2016. The new treadless pair are the Racetec RR Slick for racing and the Racetec RR Compk Slick for training and amateur track use. Unlike the treaded Racetec RR tyre introduced last year, both new products are NHS (Not for Highway Service) designated and intended only for use on tracks or where allowed by the regulations in road racing competition.
Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM has chosen the Metzeler Sportec M7 RR as the original equipment tyre for its 690 Duke. The new mid-capacity naked will receive the Sportec M7 RR in size 120/70 ZR 17 M/C (58W) TL (M) for the front wheel and 160/60 ZR 17 M/C (69W ) TL for the rear.
The Metzeler Village has been confirmed for 2016, and registration is now open. The tyre brand says the special campsite will welcome bikers from all over the world, offering a front row seat to watch the races of the Isle of Man TT, held from 28 May until 10 June 2016. The Village itself will open on 2 June to coincide with the bulk of the action, closing on 11 June. Bikers can book online.
The Metzeler Racetec RR has been named ‘Tyre of the Year’ by Motorcycle News, having been ranked highest in the comparative test held by the publication at Jerez circuit earlier this year. In the test, the tyre was judged to be the “best sporty tyre” among products from five other manufacturers, lapping fastest at road pressures on track. The tyre tested was also the hardest of the three Metzeler Racetec RR compounds (the K3), designed for everyday road use and trackdays. Although road legal, the K1 and K2 compounds are intended for more pure track activities.
Ian Hutchinson’s dominant victory in the RL360 Superstock TT has given tyre supplier Metzeler back to back wins. A ferocious pace was set for the race, with all of the first four riders completed the four lap event under the existing race record.
Metzeler has unveiled the successor to its Racetec Interact. The EICMA motorcycle fair in Italy formed the backdrop for the debut of the new Racetec RR racing supersport tyre, which is available in three separate versions and said to have been developed based on Metzeler’s experience in road racing competition.
A new slogan and logo aim to reinforce Metzeler’s position as the “natural choice for true biking enthusiasts.” The Pirelli-owned marque has introduced the slogan “sharing independence”, and although this sounds an oxymoron it is intended to represent the individualism within a community that is a core element of the motorcycling experience for many, and a value that Metzeler says underpins its brand positioning. Metzeler tyres are, the manufacturer says, products that cater to “the community of bikers who are looking for high performance and reliable tyres capable of providing a fulfilling riding experience in any condition or situation.”
German motorcycle tyre brand Metzeler is offering motorcyclists not only the chance to win a set of new supersport SPORTEC M7 RR tyres but also to become an official tester for Metzeler.
The Metzeler test rider competition is online until September 15 2014 and motorcyclists can participate by accessing both the Metzeler website and the dedicated app on the Metzeler official Facebook page. The competition is divided into two different phases; the first part of the contest is called “Photograph, vote and win!” (closes June 15) and has two elements of participation.
Michael and William Dunlop have chosen to join Metzeler for the road racing season, in a line-up that includes Guy Martin and Josh Brookes. The brand’s tyres will be present on machinery from five different manufacturers: Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki and BMW.
Metzeler has launched its 2014 Calendar, celebrating its ongoing commitment to road racing. The 21st edition of the calendar has 19 coloured and black and white images and is accompanied by a mini documentary “The road to legend: a story about road racing”.