Metzeler Motorcycle Tyres

In Metzeler motorcycle tyres family come the new-born sport touring tyre, the RoadTec 01 SE. It seems not that long ago that the RoadTec 01 was outperforming the Metzeler RoadTec Z8 where the wet weather performance and longevity was the main focus in designing these. The new model will obviously compete with the earlier Metzeler RoadTec 01, already excellent as sport touring tyre but can RoadTec 01 SE be even better?

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Metzeler RoadTec 01

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Metzeler RoadTec Z8 Interact

Metzeler is a well-established German company founded in 1863 by Robert Friedrich Metzeler in Munich. Originally producing rubber and plastic products they gradually expand their business into aviation, automotive and motorcycle tyres in 1892.

To meet the need and expectations of motorcyclists, over the years they have developed a number of innovative tyre technologies. Read more on Metzeler motorcycle tyres technology here.

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The approach in design of Metzeler motorcycle tyres

It’s not only that they wanted to produce an excellent sport touring tyre, they have made it versatile, all-round tyre for commuters that expect to ride their bikes throughout the year without the need of frequent tyre changes. Indeed, the new RoadTec 01 is more wear resistant. Metzeler claims that the tyre should give you 10% higher mileage than the Roadtec Z8. This comes with a higher price tag and the approach is very commercial as the sport touring tyre market has expanded considerably over the last decade.

To increase the millage capabilities, Metzeler enriched the central stripe of the rear tyre with high silica and carbon content for better wear resistance. But that’s not all. The low profile of the rear tyre provides bigger contact patch in comparison to Z8, which means less pressure on the tyre from the road and in effect less wear. This also helps to stabilize your bike at higher speeds. The only downside is that the tyre can make a bike less prone to flipping from one side to the other.

The sides are fully silica compound providing excellent grip. The central stripe covers approximately 30% of the tyre which is quite wide section. The front tyre uses full silica compound similar to the one on the shoulder of the rear tyre to offer excellent chemical grip in conjunction with mechanical grip provided by the tread design.

The compound is malleable at the microstructural level which makes the tyre feel soft and excellent in dealing with road imperfections. In effect, this promotes the tyre grip and provides you with plenty of feedback from the road.

It seems that this tyre does everything well on the dry and wet. It looks a little like a Moto GP rain tyre and is probably the best all-rounder tyre of the 2017 year. 

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The thread is made for very challenging weather conditions. As you can see the treads lengths from the centre to the sides have been increased both at the front and rear. This design allows higher water drainage ratio compared to Roadtec Z8, both when you ride on straight lines as well as when leaning into corners. The faded thread grooves on the side makes the tyre more stable when cornering.

The reason for the lack of tread groves in the centre of the rear tyre is that when breaking the weight of the bike shits forward and less grip from that centre of the tyre is required. The downside of this is that it makes it difficult to control the wear of the tyre at the centre. 

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Heavy Weight version 

Metzeler has not forgotten about the heavy bikes offering a special version of Roadtec 01, the HWM (Heavy Weight Motorcycles). In effect, the Roadtec 01 can be used in even wider range of motorcycles. The HWM version features increased stability and rigidity of the tyre by employing a 2-ply carcass on rear tyres where standard rear tyres have only 1-ply. The front HWM tyre has the same 2-ply construction as the standard tyre but features harder carcass material and sidewall construction plus a stiffer compound.

The HWM version of the RoadTec 01 is recognized by the weight symbol on the side of the tyre, visible at the top right hand side corner of the photo here.

As for the sizes, they claim to cover a wide range of bikes including adventure or trial bikes with the biggest front size of 19 inches. With such versatile tyre this may be disappointing to some KTM Adventure riders due to the lack of 21 inch size for the front. 

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RoadTec 01 SE from Metzeler motorcycle tyres

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The Metzeler Roadtec 01 SE introduced in 2020 is an updated version of the original Roadtec 01 tyre, and it has several improvements that make it a better choice for some riders. One of the main differences between the two tyres is the compound used in the tread. The Roadtec 01 SE features a new compound that is designed to provide better wet grip, as well as longer wear and improved mileage. The updated tread pattern also provides better water drainage and improved grip on wet roads.

In addition to the improved wet grip, the Roadtec 01 SE also features a new carcass design and updated profiles that provide better stability and handling, especially at high speeds. The SE version is also reported to offer improved comfort, which is particularly important for sport-touring riders who may be spending long hours on the road.

Overall, the Metzeler Roadtec 01 SE is an impressive tyre that offers a range of updated features and improvements over the original Roadtec 01. Its improved wet grip, longer mileage, and improved handling and stability make it a great choice for sport touring riders who want a high-performance tyre that can handle a wide range of riding styles and conditions.

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In conclusion

The new-born sport tourer from Metzeler motorcycle tyres is an impressive tyre set that meet the demand of long distance travellers or a commuters. Designed to deal with most challenging weather conditions and road surfaces to provide safety and build your confidence there are a long lasting rubbers that will fit a wide range of bikes. If you are looking for a tyre that last long and perform well on wet the RoadTec 01 SE would be the one to consider. So far they remain pricy until perhaps a new Metzler sport touting set emerges.

Which tyres are your choice and why?

We invite you to share your opinion on the sport touring tyres that you have found to be the best for your needs. Your feedback could help guide others in their search for the perfect tyre, or even help manufacturers improve their products.

So whether you have a favourite brand, specific model, or some insider tips on what to look for when selecting sport touring tyres, we want to hear from you! Simply leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

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