Review: Metzeler Roadtec 01 Tires

Aug 04, 2016 View Comments by

Metzeler’s new Roadtec 01 sport-touring tire, which replaces the Roadtec Z8 Interact, was designed to provide improved traction on slick surfaces and deliver increased mileage. It also needed to be adaptable to a wide variety of different motorcycles, riding styles, and weather.

roadtec 01 tiresMetzeler used new materials, compounds, and profiles. Roadtec 01 contact patches are wider and shorter, which in conjunction with Metzeler’s zero-degree steel-belt technology provides slower wear and lasting performance, along with stability and comfort. The Roadtec 01 also received a new tread pattern for improved mechanical grip in slippery conditions.

Front tires use a 100-percent silica rubber compound to ensure grip while braking. Rear tires have a dual compound, with 100-percent silica on the tread’s shoulder portions, and a mixture of silica and carbon black in the central band for longer mileage.

In addition to the standard Roadtec 01, “heavy weight motorcycle” (HWM) versions are available. The HWM options employ a sturdier two-ply rear construction, instead of the single ply on the standard tire, and a stiffer casing and flank material along with a different front rubber compound. The front HWM tire is two-ply like the standard version. The purpose is to provide greater wear and stability for heavier bikes, which often carry a passenger and are loaded with luggage. The HWM design is also said to reduce the intensity and frequency of vibrations caused by uneven road surfaces.

We had an opportunity to try the Roadtec 01 tires on a variety of motorcycles on the historic winding roads of Italy’s Sicily and up the slopes of the vast Mount Etna volcano. The tires provided excellent grip on both wet and dry roads, including imperfect surfaces. Turn-in, braking, and stability at high speeds are all confidence inspiring. A good choice for adventure touring bikes used on pavement, and sport-touring machines, the Roadtec 01 should be available at Metzeler dealers in mid-2016 for popular sport-touring and naked motorcycle models. Front 120/60 ZR17 sizing may be the last to go on sale in early 2017.


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