Metzeler Tourance NEXT Tires
Excellent tire - I think
I picked up a nail in a rear tire recently and since the front tire was badly worn I just put two of these tires on my Suzuki V-Strom. So far I am very impressed with the tires. I could not give a rating for tread life since I've only had the tires a couple of months. Also, I've been lucky enough not to have to ride in the wet. So no score for wet traction either. It is a very nice handling tire though.
January 21, 2014
You can be aggressive on the corners!
I found these tires to be fantastic on the twisty canyon roads where I ride. I am a very agressive rider and noticed that I was tearing up the tread/rubber compound rapidly. I got less than 4000 miles on the rear, the front still looks new.
These are exactly what they were designed for 10% dirt. They grab hard pack in a straight line and thats about it. The front will wash out with the slightest lean angle at speed.
January 1, 2014
Keep coming back to Tourance
I have over 5000 miles on these tires now and have plenty of tread left. I use them on my 2009 R1200GSA. I always liked the old style Tourance and these seem a little better in the rain. They give me confidence that I can lean into turns with great grip. Because I ride mostly street these I appreciate a tire that is made for my type of riding on my bike. In addition, they were easy to mount and balance.
December 9, 2013
R1200GS fully loaded - excellent handling & grip
Installed new Tourance Next before 10,500 mile trip on heavily loaded R1200GS. Handling in all conditions (pavement, dirt, gravel, wet & dry) was great. Good traction in all weather conditions, but did not hit any heavy mud or sand. Changed out rear tire at 8,000 with probably 700-1,000 miles left on it (9mm tread at center new, 2mm when changed). Front tire hit wear bars at 12,000. These results were higher than I achieved with Tourance EXP or Anakee 2 tires. I will continue to use the Tourance Next and would recommend without reservation.
October 14, 2013
So far, so good
So far, these tires are more confidence inspiring than the original Tourance EXPs that were on my BMW R1200GS. Little bit louder than the EXPs though. Only have about 1000 miles on them so won't know about tread life for awhile now. Hoping they last longer than the 7500 I got from the EXPs.
Great dry grip traction. Ok grip in the wet, better than the EXP, but not perfect. Haven't had a chance to try these in the dirt yet. Decent grip in hard pack gravel.
September 28, 2013
After 3,500 miles I can say this is better than the previous generation. Dry and off road grip are no different, but on wet pavement the improvements are noticeable.
September 8, 2013
A great road tire
I scrubbed these tires in with a few miles around town and then headed for the Blue Ridge Parkway end to end and then back - about 1000 miles of one curve after another. Wet or Dry the NEXT is a great tire. As my rating shows, the wear is excellent and the grip as good as ANY tire I've ever used. That included TWO up and LUGGAGE for some of these miles. All good.
The feedback through the handlebars is good and there are no surprises. I don't put a knee down in the corners, but my R1200GS handles very well in the twisties.
The dirt roads (gravel fire roads) I traversed were hard packed and dry but the control and traction was acceptable. This is NOT an off road tire or a dual sport tire by any means - there are better tires out there for dirt.
On the road they are great. I'll be expecting over 7000 miles from these tires. Maybe more from the front tire, but I always replace both.
August 5, 2013
It will not last
I replaced a standard tourance rear with this "Next". It grips good in the dry, seem ok on fog damp roads, but, the tread started out at .338 deep, and after 2200 miles it is now down to .240 depth. This will last about 6500 miles or less.
I was able to get 7500 miles out of the old Tourance tire.
I am not impressed.
This is on a 2003 Suzuki DL1000, 34,445 miles total today.
August 1, 2013