Metzeler Tourance NEXT Tires
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
performed as excpected
Performed as expected.this was an OEM replacement.
November 3, 2014
Back to Metzeler
In the 80s and 90s I rode on Metzeler. I then switched to others including Michelin (Anakee, then 2 then 3). After an unexpected flat on my Anakee 3 this year, I decided to try the Tourance Next. I'm glad I did. It's an amazing on-road tire. Is it 10% off road too? It is in the sense that if I see a short stretch of gravel road ahead, without mud, without sand, I'll go for it. It's not a tire for true off road riding, not even a bit. But that's what I have my Karoo 3 for. In short, for the next couple of years, at least, I'm back to Metzeler.
October 13, 2014
Set the right tire pressure is the key
These tires went on my 2013 BMW R1200GSA to replace the Michelin Anakee III. At first, I didn't like these tires at all. The front tire tracked by every grove on the road and edges of the tarmac. The handle bar was super light to the point it was wabbly above 50 mph. The bike felt very tippie, and I could feel the transition from the center harder coupound to the softer side when I lean. Turned out, the shop set the pressure at 36 in the front and 42 in the back as recommended by BMW for 2 up with heavy load. That setting was not appropriate for me as I am only 150 lb, riding alone most of the time, and don't carry much in the panniers other than my Macbook. It got better after I lowered it to 32/36, but still not good enough. Since I bought these tires already and had no intention to return them, so, why not experiment by lower the pressure more. They are now perfect at 28 in the front and 33 in the back. I know lower pressure will reduce the tread life and so on. But, it's a small price to pay to ride with confident and comfort. I am planning to raise the pressure up a bit after I put a few hundred miles on it to see if it's better.
I can't rate the tread life as I am running on different pressure. Can't tell the wet traction either as it hasn't rained yet since I put them on. My intention is to use these for the wet winter season with less chances to go off-road. Planning to replace these with Karoo 3 next spring to get ready for off-road.
September 12, 2014
Excellent ADV touring tire
I purchased these tires for my 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere. I was planning a 9 day 3500 mile ride that would go from Maine to Tennessee. We ran a lot of different road surfaces from Interstate, fast 4 lane sweepers, twisty back roads, several long stretches of gravel and of course a couple runs on the Dragon. We also encountered a couple heavy rain storms and had no issues. I am not sure on tread life as a whole but I can say they look excellent after a 3500 miles and anticipate getting more than 7000.
May 30, 2014
Good so far
Have had the tires on for 19 days. Have ridden in rain and they seem to grip and track well. There is currently 3100 miles on this set and they are wearing well so far. They are quieter than the EXP's I had before. No off road experience to report so far.
May 19, 2014
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