Metzeler Tourance Front Tire
One of the best overall dual sport tire on the market
I bought both a front and rear for my R1200GSA. The last set went about 12K and only dry rot forced me to swap them out because they still had good tread left. This last set was almost 90 percent road. I just installed this new set and while on the break-in ride of 400 miles, I experienced snow, sleet, and rain. The pucker factor was great because they were brand new and had less than 25 miles on them. They were outstanding in the foul weather. At no time did I feel unsafe or that the rear was going to slide out. I did ride with great caution, but still maintained a 40 -55 mph highway speed through the snow and sleet. I will continue to buy this tire until no longer made. I generally do about 70-30 on/off road with these tires and get about 12-15K out of them.
April 13, 2015
Metzeler all the way
These are the best tires I've owned, these are on my triumph explorer and I've been riding different bikes since 2002. tread life is awesome and handleing in amazing. coupled with the matching back tire you should be able to get 15,000 miles out of a set. If your a gravel road, trail kinda rider the Karoo 3s might be more up your alley, but they are loud and not good on the wet roads.
November 3, 2014
Good rugged tire
A reliable high mileage tire.
Have used many of these.
October 20, 2014
Good tire, 8K out of them.
I'm pretty hard on tires, given that I ride a super tenere with ABS the bike takes better care of tires that other bikes I've had. The Tourance is one of the best tires for the money - 90/10, Considered a Heidenau, couldn't justify the trades given my pavement / gravel ratio and the extra $.
October 6, 2014
Hard to beat for larger dual sport bikes
I have lost count of how many Tourance's I have gone through. For a general purpose touring tire for my R1200GSA I just haven't found anything else that works as well for me.
I typically get about 10k miles out of a rear, and some times more out of a front, but I typically replace them in pairs. Right after receiving this tire from Revzilla I mounted it and took off on a 6,500 mile trip. Never any quality or other concerns with Metezler tires.
The Tourance isn't a great tire for making good time through sand or deeper gravel, but at the right speed those conditions can be navigated safely with these tires. On the tarmac, wet or dry they offer plenty of grip and are confidence inspiring. Unlike tires with more aggressive block patterns the Tourance rolls smoothly into and out of turns, even at pretty extreme lean angles.
Other than putting TKC's on for specific trips and conditions, these tires will remain my go to tire for the big GS. I have also run them on a 650 Dakar and was very happy with them on that as well.
September 20, 2014
50k miles and always used Tourance
To be fair, I haven't used any other tire so maybe rating this tire all 5's is too much since I have no point of reference.
I don't race or do any serious trail riding either so can't comment in those areas. Mostly mix of country roads/super slab.
The Tourance seems to be a nice balance between grip and durability.
July 21, 2014
Great Duel Sport Tire
Great milage and performance on road and good for light trail and gravel. only tire I use on my R1200GS Adventure. Well TC80'S too!
April 28, 2014
Year Round Rider. Wouldn't Leave Home Without Them!
I am a year round rider in New England. I have several motorcycles but during the winter months and during rain showers I ride my Kawasaki KLR650. When my stock treads needed to be replaced, I went with the Metzeler Tourance tires. These things are GREAT. I have been in the snow, rain, sub-zero cold and they hold up in any condition. I highly recommend these tires.
January 25, 2014