Met­zeler Road­tec 01

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Tyre Test -

Fit­ted to: Yamaha Thun­der­cat Mileage so far: 3100 Tested by: Damian Smith

We fit­ted these Met­zel­ers be­fore I’d even rid­den the old ‘cat, so I’ve got noth­ing to com­pare them to. But the grip, al­ways the most im­por­tant thing, is strong in the dry, and very im­pres­sive in wet or damp con­di­tions too (not that we’ve had much of that this sum­mer).

They also seem to be wear­ing well too. The cen­tre of the rear is flat­ten­ing off a lit­tle, but nowhere near be­ing ready for re­place­ment. I reckon I’ll maybe get 5000 miles from the rear and 10,000 from the front, which is mighty im­pres­sive.

The front is su­per-sta­ble on the brakes and it doesn’t white-line at all, even when you hit re­ally rough over­band­ing or bro­ken tar­mac.

As a sports/tour­ing tyre it’s hard to beat and I bet it would be OK at a track­dayt too, so long as you weren’t in the fast group. If the ‘cat needs new boots I’d hap­pily go again with these.

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