Metzeler Roadtec 01
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.