Metzeler Tourance Rear Tire
Generally good, but not perfectly predictable
I took these tires on an ~1,000 mile trip through Susquehannock in PA and then down through Monongahela and George Washington Forests in WV/VA. I literally took them right from aired-down ripping through fire roads and double-track to scraping pegs on the back roads with my Super Tenere. In both of those, they were great. They were even good when the road was wet and patchy wet. They're good on the highway, and while I would never suggest that these tires should be pushed to high speed, there was some unregulated road where these may or may not have hit triple digits for a spell, and did fine.
In the earlier part of the trip, there were some logging roads that were hard pack with a bit of silty dirt on top. After it rained, they turned to mud, and these tires were absolutely, unbelievably, bad. There isn't really a good tire for that surface, but these felt like I accidentally left sportbike tires on. It was about 45 minutes of 15 mph with both stabilizers deployed, and no idea whether I was going to stay upright. I cursed these tires so often and so loud that the loggers probably have an opinion of Tourance rubber.
Avoiding mud like that is one option, but a: I don't decide the road surfaces and b: this caused me to lose confidence in the tires. I've gone through a corner, seen something that looked potentially muddy, and hit the brakes to stand the bike up because I really don't trust them in any kind of mud. I'm concerned that this will carry over into the winter with slush being a problem, and if I remember, I'll come back and update then.
Overall, these are great tires if you're doing long stretches of pavement broken up by some fire roads or double-track that you want to be a bit quicker and more confident through. The mud is why I gave these 4 stars, but if you're planning on mostly riding when it's dry or you don't encounter much mud then these could be perfect for you.
July 13, 2015
Great Touring / Adv Tire
Replaced my old rear Metzler Tourance with another. Got 12k+ miles from the last one, which I think is fantastic. This tire rides brilliantly on the road and has enough grit to tackle some easier off-road, like hard packed dirt and gravel, no problem. It's not cheap, but you get a lot of tire for your money. Oh, and it's REALLY stiff - bent my tire irons trying to mount it, had to take it to a shop to finish the job with pro-level tools, but I am a novice and you may fare better. Overall though, a great tire.
July 6, 2015
Excellent tire for commuting
This is the third Metzeler Tourance rear tire I've had on my G650GS I've gotten 15k to 16k miles on the two previous tires commuting 100 miles per day year around on the Olympic Peninsula.
April 11, 2015
Based on my usage, this tire has performed very well. I ride a GS1200 ADV and this I'm running my third Tourance. I've had this bike in every terrain and there isn't anything that I could complain about. Grips well, rides great.
March 2, 2015
Staying with the Metzelers
I purchased a new to me 1200GS in August and the Tourance tires had about one third tread on them at the time. I ran them about thirty-five hundred miles and completely ran the rear bald. Looked at the Michelins and Metzelers, and decided to stay with the Tourances as they gave me a smooth ride, excellent traction, and tire longevity that I haven't seen out of the Michelins. Ordered a complete set so I can start on this bike with zero time tires to get a real feel for tire life.
December 24, 2014
Good handling, nice look
I have been using these tires on my 660 tenere (no abs) since beginning of 2014. I have experienced some little problems while on slippery road but in general thank god i have never had a big problem on & off the road. I feel confident about the tires. No need to search for an extra thrill by using a different tyre. Go with tourance...
November 7, 2014
Should have never strayed away.
These tires came on my Triumph explorer and I put 12K on em, they were at about 25% tread when I switched to the Metzeler Karoo 3's. For the amount of freeway driving I do the 3's were too loud, I should have never gone with such an agressive tire. These tires have served me well in the past, I ran over a bolt a week into ownership and had the dealership patch the tire, I put 11,000 more miles on that tire. I'll never stray again. Loyal Metzeler customer here.
November 3, 2014
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October 14, 2014