Metzeler Tourance NEXT Tires
OK tires, maybe not right for a Ulysses
I'll break it down and then summarize my experience with these tires.
Bang for the buck: they're not cheap but they're not the most expensive. I got mine on sale.
Grip: no complaints. Seems to hold well leaned over and loaded up, gravel traction is acceptable.
Tread life: kind of disappointing. I bought into the dual compound thing and they are wearing out pretty fast. I've done about 4000 miles on them and the rear is noticeably flattened in the middle. I was hoping to get to 8000 before noticeable wear. The Michelin Pilot Roads got 10,000 before looking well used.
Wet traction: it is fine. I spent a few hundred miles in the heavy rain and only had one pucker on a particularly slick corner that my beemer friends on Anakees also slid around.
My biggest complaint about the tires is they make the bike feel really weird at low speed. Maybe the front tire's profile is taller than the bike was designed for or something. The front tire resists bar input in parking lots. At speed they don't turn in as quickly as the Pilot Roads or Scorpion Syncs. I think they're just wrong for the Ulysses. Once these are done I probably won't buy another set.
October 1, 2015
Happy getting 9k miles and 3 track days on my ADV bike!
Definitely happy with these tires I bought a second set. I ride mostly canyons at spirted paces and these never disappointed. Did a lot of California fire roads and was surprise how capable they were and that's coming from someone without a lot of off road experience. Rode a few times in the rain and still was impressed. However when it came down to getting a new set I went with the Pirelli Scorpion Trail II as they were ranked #1 by a German motorcycle magazine. Last year the same magazine rated the Tourance NEXTs #1. This year they finished in second.
September 29, 2015
Love these tires
I have about 1,000 miles on these now, about 90/10 road/dirt. They grip very well, including when coming across and unexpected patch of dirt or gravel in a blind corner. They have also done well in the rain for me.
I have them on a 2005 1200GS
September 14, 2015
I like the tires.
Real neutral feel to them. I did like the Pilor Trails better
June 16, 2015
Just installed my third set
I got 9K out the first set, 9K again out of the second.Fantastic grip on wet pavement, best choice for year-around riding in Seattle.
Also comes in size 180 and 190 for the rear. For the last two sets I went with the 180, which clears the swing arm just fine and handles just as well. You could probably even fit the 190, but I didn't want the increased weight.
March 9, 2015
Definitely inspires confidence, you feel connected to the road.
I have been riding a BMW GS 1200 since 2006 till now (2015) with assorted tires, mostly the traditional Tourance tires. I just recently put on a set (front and rear) of Tourance NEXT’s, I cannot speak for the tread life, but immediately could feel how well they grip the road. When going around corners or "twisties" I feel more “connected”, greater confidence that I can lay the bike over without breaking loose. If the tires hold up to high miles these will be my go-to tires.
January 26, 2015
Used the NEXT rear tire with a stock front one on a Super Tenere. Great grip in cornering and wet roads. Couldn't be happier. About to replace it after 8K of fairly aggressive riding.
January 6, 2015
GREAT EXPERIENCIE IN PAVEMENT AND DIRT IN MEXICO
I made my desicion to switch my HEIDENEAU k60 to Metzelers because I'll ride mostly pavement curves roads in my 3000 miles tide in Mexico.
This tires made my ride incredible, I was able to scrath my pegs in fast speed without doubt in every tight curve, rode trough Sonora,Chihuahua, Batopilas on dirt road, Durango, El Espinazo del Diablo, Mazatlan, Ferry to Baja all the way up trough the dirt road to Coco's Corner and finally to arrive home in Mexicali rigth on the border.
I can say to much about tread life but tires perfomance great in every road, dirt and pothole I found on my ride.
November 26, 2014