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Tyres - Metzeler Roadtec 01 on Bandit 1250

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    For comparison, I bought my Bandit with PR2's, switched to PR4's (which I loved from my old bike) & ran a number of sets of them for 20,000 k; tried a set of PR4GT's & loved them for 6,500 k's. But that's all I got out of the back tyre. PR4GT front still had *plenty* of meat on it (perhaps only 50% used) with no scalloping. The rear was done in the centre, still with enough on the sides to feel very confident, but hitting the wear indicators in the middle, so illegal. (I didn't get much more out of the standard PR4's and the front was done too).

    To be clear, I have felt *very* safe using the PR4's in all conditions (they are great in the wet, but I hardly ever ride in the wet). I'm just not getting enough life out of a set.

    So, I was after a sports-touring tyre that may hold together longer for my riding style (nothing outrageous, see links at the end of this post). After a few weeks of research, I decided to try the Metzeler Roadtec 01's. Joe's had none in stock, but ordered them in, which only took 2 days.

    Initial feel is they tip in a lot easier than the PR4's, even though I was riding like's it's wet, during the scrubbing-in phase. (Note: I don't believe this is due to coming off old tyres, as the PR4GT front was still in very good shape).

    I took a longer way home; slab from Fyshwick, towards Qbn, along Old Cooma Rd (shout-out to the other Bandit rider who I met at the traffic lights); and slab back to Calwell.

    Acceleration & braking felt no different (but again, this was tip-toeing on new tyres). Round-a-bouts handled with no issue (over-using body-positioning to minimise bike lean on green tyres). The tyres sounded noisier when below 80 km/h, but I don't usually ride from Fyswick to Qbn, so it may have just been the road surface. Then onto the sweeping country road which is Old Cooma Rd.

    The tyres gave more feedback than the PR4's, which may not be a good thing on Canberra's shocking road system, but didn't put a foot wrong; there was no squirming when accelerating through corners & none when doing a brake-test (with no other vehicles around).

    When I got home, one glove off & the temperature of the rear was minimal and the front mild, so I expect them to not be as squishy in the twisties as the PR4's got after a few church runs.

    I'll update this when I have a few Cotter/Mt Mac/church runs done after Easter.

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    Well, after one session out cotter way, they feel pretty much like the PR4's, except they didn't get squirmy after a few church runs.
    More riding to be done this weekend.

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    After 2 days of ANZAC weekend dry-weather riding, I cannot fault the Metzelers.
    The only thing I need to get used to is they react slightly quicker than the PR4's. By that I mean both when leaning into a corner & bringing the bike up. A couple of times I ran a tiny bit wide when coming out of a corner due to this; but nothing serious, and something I'm happy to get used to.
    I've done less than 1,000 k's, so tyre wear cannot be discussed yet. For later comparison I've added some scrubbed in photos.

    A couple of sections of video from the first weekend, which feels & looks much the same as when on the PR4's.

     

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    Went on Yedi's Kangaroo Valley run, through fog & heavy dew, as well as sun-drenched dry roads. I still don't have the confidence in slippery conditions that I had in the PR4's, not that the Metzelers stepped out or anything, just that I didn't push as hard as I would have with the PR4's. It's definitely my limitation; I haven't found the limit of these tyres yet.
    Again, in the dry sections, really happy with them.
    (I just need to play a bit harder in the damp)
     
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    With just 5,600 km of service, they're gone.
    There's still a bit of meat on the front, but not enough to warrant keeping it. The rear is done (and perhaps I shouldn't have gone on the Snowy ride with it in that condition).
    Overall, a nice tyre, no complaints, except yet again the lack of miles.
    I was going to try Angel GT's next, but have been persuaded to try Dunlop Sportsmart 2 Max (I hope TMC ordered the "Max" ones, I'll find out in the morning).
     

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    That doesn't seem too bad, how did they eventually turn out to be in the wet?
     
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    No idea, never hit another shower.
     
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