Metzeler Roadtec 01 Tires: Reader Road Test, Part 2

Nov 30, 2016 View Comments by

Metzeler Roadtec 01 tires

When Rubber Meets the Road

At the beginning of the year, we partnered with Metzeler to make tire testers out of a group of RoadRUNNER subscribers. Since spring, thousands of miles have put the Roadtec 01 to the ultimate test. Now close to the end of the tires’ useful lives, here’s what testers had to say.

Keith G., Colorado, 2007 Triumph Sprint ST

Feedback: I’ve put over 4,500 miles on the tires. When new, the front had 4.3 mm of tread to the wear bars. It’s now down to 1.6. The rear tire started with 5.8 mm and is down to 3. They seem to be wearing better than any other sport-touring tire I’ve used. Feel and grip are still excellent. On 200 twisty wet miles, the front stepped out once on a slick and wet tar strip I wasn’t able to avoid; very predictable with nice control when it regained traction.

Denise D., Oklahoma, 2001 Yamaha FZ1

Feedback: I normally get anywhere from 8-10,000 miles out of a set. If the Roadtec 01s continue to wear as well as they have, I’m hoping to get more than 10,000. I’ve managed a mixture of highway and twisty roads in both rain and up to 100 degrees. I don’t see that they are flat spotting, cupping, or wearing out the center before the sides, which is very common for my style of riding. I am pleased with the handling.

Dan C., California, 2005 Yamaha FJR1300

Feedback: While testing the tires, squaring was minor. The handling settled into a somewhat heavy steering feel and it did require a bit of input to initiate turns. Once into the turn, the bike held a good line with no real weave and was stable. Traction was good. As mileage went higher, the steering got heavier. Still not as bad as some other tires, and I am certain had there been a more equal twisty-to-straight ratio, it would not have gotten as heavy. Both front and rear developed ridges at the compound transitions, normal on dual-compound tires, but I would have expected the Metzelers to have much more pronounced ridges based on the type of riding they were subjected to. These wear pretty evenly and consistently.



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