Metzeler Tourance NEXT Tires
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
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