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Looking at Metzeler if you're new to the brand they make a tire for just about every type of bike. What you need to know at a high level about Metzeler is they've been making tires since their inception in 1892. As a company, they are older than Harley Davidson at this point. Pretty amazing stuff. Up to World War 2 they were making tires for different applications from aviation, for motorcycles across the board, post-World War II for the last 60 plus years all they've been doing is making motorcycle tires. Still based in Germany really, really some of the highest quality and most well adopted tires within the motorcycle market place. Now, if we look at it, we know there's a few different styles of Metzelers and I have some that aren't on the table today. But what I want to do is I want to focus in on the three key sets of Metzeler Tires for just about any type of riding.
The first one I'm going to home in on is pretty easy. That's the Tourance family of tires. You have the Tourance and the Tourance EXPs. Pricing starts at $130 on the fronts, $150 on the rears, ball park, and really what you're looking at is adventure bikes here. So, BMW 12GS this is the OE tire that's come with that bike since its inception. The KTM 990, think V-Strom 1000, bikes in that ballpark this is a 90 or an 8515 tire for the Tourance and then a 95 Fire for the EXP which is a different compound you can still take off road on the fire road, but it's a little bit more sporty for those applications. And again, you're going to have rim sizes for the front and rear and different widths to accommodate those type of big heavy but also some times nibble and off roaded dual sport bikes.
Moving to the center is the ME880 by far the most popular and one of the longest running Metzeler tires. Over 10 years in the making, over 100 sizes at this point. They call it the marathon, because for bang for the buck, dollars per the mile, this guy really holds up. It's built for metro cruisers, Harley Davidsons, and big sport touring bikes, like a Gold Wing, and what you're going to have is a tire that, really based on the OE fitment, it's going to be an upgrade to what typically came with a bike like that.
So we have tire sizes that go all the way up to 300 rear widths, but it's an upgrade your ride type factor. Five different areas you can improve the ride on your cruiser or on your Harley Davidson or Gold Wing by looking at it and saying, "Okay, the ME880 is going to upgrade my mileage. It's going to upgrade the comfort. I'll get better dry grip, better wet grip. I'm also going to have no nibbling because there's no circumferential groove on this tire, so it's not going to track on you while you're riding." So again, mileage dollar per dollar it starts at $80 on the front or $80 to $90 for front tires and they go up from there and the rears are going to start around 130. Again the ME880 marathon we have a full video breakdown on it. make sure you check it out. Is the tire typically from Metzeler that most people know.
Moving on to the left side of your screen here. This is going to be the Interact family of tires. There are three tires within Interact. One of them is fairly easy to rule out for most riders right away. That's the K3 Racetec. Which is really a tire built for a high performance race bike and a racing application. Now the other two tires, the Road Tech Z8 and the Sport Tech M5 really kind of go neck and neck and they depend on the application for your tires.
This happens to be a Sport Tech. The Sport Tech is an aggressive high powered sport bike tire that's going to be great for on the road aggressive riding or off or on the track aggressive riding. So again, you're going to have five different tension zones in this tire. It's going to be just as happy leaned over dragging a knee as it will be straight up and down going 168 plus miles per hour. Again, it's going to be set up for the race track, so the longevity is still going to be a bit diminished because you need that grip, but it's not going to be like a complete one and done tire like something like the Racetec .
Now if you're a sport rider who's not looking to take your sport bike to the track. If you're really looking for potentially some spirited road riding but you know you're never going to be dragging a knee on it. The Roadtec is probably the better tire in the Interact family for you. You're still getting the benefit of a sporty compound that's going to offer great grip, that's going to offer a great wet grip, tread pattern. But typically you're going to have your hardest belt in the middle of the tire and it's going to go softer into the shoulder.
It's simply for a heavier sport touring bike. So think FJR, VFR, BMW-ST. That would be the Roadtec bike. You know jokingly, internally, we typically have a more mature rider who's done with his track day years. Who's coming in looking for a Roadtec, while the Sportec is you know it's somebody on a BMW S1000RR, on a CBR1000. On a bike that is really, really an aggressive ultra or hyper sport bike.
So, knowing that and breaking it down into the Metzeler family a little further, you know you have your Laser Tech for your vintage bikes there are some other tires that play there. Really these are the three main families of tire from Metzeler. Tourance is adventure ME880 Marathons going to be your cruiser and big sport touring, heavy bike touring, and your sport bike is going to be your Interact family. You know they're going to go up again...a lot of... they're going to go head to head against a lot of the tires we see in the market place currently from some other manufacturers, but we're happy to talk to you a little bit further about them if you need any help. So shoot us a line. See us at RevZilla.com or 877-792-9455. As always, they are over $39 bucks, they will ship for free, exchange for free, no restocks if you need to send them back to us, and they're certainly going to allow you to earn Team Zilla cash to be applied to your next order.
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I hope you learned something today. I hope you have a much easier time looking at the Metzeler family, as compared to what you ride, and you can immediately home in on type of tire that's going to be best suited for your application. I'm Anthony and I'll see you next time on RevZilla TV.
Founded in Germany over a century ago, Metzeler motorcycle tires showcase a strong commitment to high quality and manufacturing accuracy in all of their products. Metzeler proudly employs primarily motorcycle riders who understand the demands of being on the road and put that knowledge into the design of development of all of their motorcycle tires. Metzeler motorcycle tires utilize innovative tread designs with extended-life compounds to deliver a superior performing motorcycle tire. Have a question about our selection of Metzeler tires? Give us a call and we'd be happy to compare and contrast products with you.
The first number in a tire size represents the nominal width (usually in millimeters). Width is measured in a
straight line from the furthest point on one sidewall, across the tread, to the furthest point on the
This number represents the width of a tire measured in inches when inflated. Width is measured in a straight
line from the furthest point on one sidewall, across the tread, to the furthest point on the opposite sidewall.
The aspect ratio indicates the height of the tire's cross-sectional profile. It is expressed as a percentage
of the tire's width, so an aspect ratio of 55 means the tire's cross-section is 55% as high as it is wide.
This number indicates the overall height of a tire measured in inches when the tire is inflated.
This number is the diameter of the rim on which the tire will fit. The number is expressed in inches.
This number represents the diameter of the tire's rim. The number is expressed in inches.