Earlier this year Metzeler launched a new Sport Touring tyre, the ROADTEC™ 01! This new tyre was built on the basis of a better grip, increased mileage, adaptability to a variety of motorcycles and riding pleasure, which is surely what every biker looks for. But how does it really performs on the road. We tried it out, courtesy of Metzeler themselves!
Tyres were installed on a 2000 BMW R1150GS, the old but iconic beemer. We started off with a test drive on the roads of the Maltese Island, with quite short distances, and then set off to Sicily, for some nice stretch of roads, stunning scenery and good cuisine! Yeah, as we all know, roads, scenery and cuisine go so well together 😉
The test started with an approx. 20km ride through the Maltese roads, using main and secondary roads. For those who know Malta know the kind of roads, and road surfaces, there’s on the island; it was surely a challenge. Coming from another good tyre, a Continental TrailAttack, I have to admit that when comparing the 2 I could immediately feel a difference. The feeling of traction, stability and safety came in from the very beginning. This new tyre, the Metzeler ROADTEC™ 01 does give you instant confidence!
I’m sure everyone would agree with me when saying that in order to come to a conclusion and rate whether a tyre is good or bad the most important aspects are confidence, especially when leaning, accelerating and braking. I’m pleased to say that, when compared to the Continental tyres, when during acceleration I sometimes used to feel the back wheel spinning, I haven’t as yet experienced the same with the Metzeler. The grip these tyres have is surely remarkable. Braking has so far been as good as the others but what about leaning? Here, the Metzeler does give you that sense of a solid feeling. With these tyres I really felt at ease on any weather conditions and on a variety of different surfaces.
Looking at the design one might say “What grip can this tyre offer?” The transversal grooves to the rotation direction does increase compound mechanical grip on the ground. Also, the shorter and larger contact patch is leaving its affect. I know, this might be bit hard to understand, so it was for me when I first saw it on Metzeler’s official website. BUT, after reading this and taking another look at them, one will easily understand what these complex sentences mean. We’re close to the end of this review but before closing it, by telling you my opinion, I feel it’s important to point out that it seems Metzeler made sure that every kind of bike can enjoy the full benefits of this tyre. This is clearly shown with the creation if a special tyre for *Heavy Weight Machines.
And here’s my conclusion. After some good kms, on different types of surfaces and in some different weather conditions, I surely recommend them. I believe that whoever goes for this tyre will enjoy them as much as I did, you won’t be disappointed. In this post I gave you my personal view on these tyres. If you’d like to have a look at more technical aspects of this tyre then I suggest one checks out the manufacturer’s website.
Interested customers can find the Metzeler ROADTEC™ 01 on the market in the following dimensions.
Metzeler ROADTEC™ 01 Rear
150/70 R 17 M/C 69V TL
160/60 ZR 17 M/C (69W) TL
170/60 ZR 17 M/C 72W TL
180/55 ZR 17 M/C (73W) TL
180/55 ZR 17 M/C (73W) (HWM*) TL
190/50 ZR 17 M/C (73W) TL
190/50 ZR 17 M/C (73W) (HWM*) TL
190/55 ZR 17 M/C (75W) TL
190/55 ZR 17 M/C (75W) (HWM*) TL
All of you who ever decides to go for them and wishes to leave their comments on the said tyres is more than welcome to do so. We’d love to hear your views, pros and cons.