Nick needed a new pair of tyres for his daily ride and opted to go with Metzeler ROADTEC 01 SE's. How did they cope with commutes and weekend scratching?
As I watched the Bridgestone BT-016 PRO’s come off my daily ride, I must say I was a little nervous. I liked the BT’s a lot, they served me well across road, track days and daily riding but now life seems to be more commuting and less about track days.
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Metzeler released these recently and when I read about them I realised these would suit my needs. Great wet weather grip, comfort and the sporty lean angles when needed it. I soon rode off (once Jeff fitted them) with a fresh set of Metzeler ROADTEC 01 SE’s, one of the four brand new models of tyres released by Metzeler in 2020.
In terms of the scrub in and immediate handling characteristics, the bike felt agile and nimble. The CBR was a little easier to navigate through the gridlocked traffic and the bike leant over that little bit easier around the longer corners compared to the previously fairly worn tyres.
The scrub-in period was hardly noticeable. I took it easy for a few kilometres, leaning it over gently and slowly as recommended, After what seemed like no time at all, I was cranking it, just in an attempt to see what these new tyres had to offer. I went in with some high expectations having ridden the previous hoops for a solid length of time and honestly, I didn’t hold back but the Metzelers certainly didn’t give in.
The Old Road is always my first port of call for a new set of tyres. The twisties and long corners on the way down, with the freeway and commuter traffic on the way back, by the time I reached Berowra the Metzelers were impressing me. Looking at the profile of the tyre, there’s a nice slick band right on the edges, which is where all this grip comes from on big lean angles.
The edge grip and cornering ability were far better than I expected from a set of tyres in this class. I rode the new tyres back on the freeway, running them at about 110km/h and they were incredibly smooth, far smoother than a few others I’ve ridden recently. At speed, the bike felt locked-in, these tyres are capable of much more, but for what I am offering they’ve got me covered.
I attempted to get ABS shuddering as I normally do, just to see what they’ve got. It was extremely difficult, the fronts felt so good, the rears would lock-up as most would, but it took quite a bit of pressure to get them there, unlike other models of tyres that lock up with ease.
This was all within the first 24 hours of having the tyres and I was impressed. Having ridden these for nearly three months with a two hour daily commute, I’ve got a little more to say in terms of how they’ve faired up on the touring/commuting and wet weather side of things.
I’ve had these tyres on for 3ºC days, and most recently a couple of high 30ºC days, but I can’t really feel a difference in terms of grip in daily use, such is the broad operating range of the compound. In terms of commuting I’ve had these at the recommended tyre pressure and have yet to change. I’ve seen plenty of rain so far with the Metzelers and they’re great in the wet. The mechanical and chemical grip is astronomical. Braking capacity and lean angle in the wet weather also feels great, they have done wonders for my wet weather confidence.
Wear for these tyres seems great so far. At 3000km I am yet to notice any significant flat spots and the rest of the tread is holding up great even with the intense distance I’m travelling daily. Metzeler has done what they said they were going to do and provided what they said they were going to provide.
A solid competitor in the sports touring class, with fantastic wet weather grip and a serious amount of sports ability. I’ve yet to manage to get these tyres to a proper track day, but a quick google search and you can see these wicked tyres availed across Europe. Much like my thoughts, our Euro friends have raved about their street and track performance.
ROADTEC 01 SE
Following the success of the multi-award-winning ROADTEC 01 since 2015 in the sport-touring tyre segment, Metzeler has decided to introduce the new ROADTEC 01 SE. Metzeler say the ROADTEC 01 SE radial range completes Metzeler’s catalogue, consolidating the strengths of the ROADTEC 01. Claiming it has exceptional performance in wet conditions and high mileage.
The ROADTEC 01 SE is an evolution of the ROADTEC 01, with one of the changes being a slicker shoulder. To meet sports requirements that imply high performance at sharp leaning angles, Metzeler say the tread design for the ROADTEC 01 SE builds on that of the ROADTEC 01, with evolution towards a tyre with a slicker shoulder, optimising drive with a greater surface area.
The front models of the ROADTEC 01 SE inherit the latest version of the full-silica compound used for the ROADTEC 01 and feature the same tread pattern in the middle section, which Metzeler states is a key aspect of its exceptional grip on low-friction surfaces. The shoulders are slicker, and the relative structural refinement optimises performance through half and full lean, improving agility and stability.
The rear models of the ROADTEC 01 SE use a bi-compound and, as for the front, feature a sportier evolution of the ROADTEC 01 tread pattern, aimed at offering greater grip at steeper lean angles together with comfort on long routes and winding roads.
Nick’s tyres cost $239.95 for the 120/70 – 17in front and $299.95 for the 160/60 – 17in rear. Visit the Metzeler website to enquire about what local motorcycle supply stores stock the Roadtec 01 SE tyres here.
Metzeler ROADTEC 01 SE Sizing
- 120/70 ZR 17 M/C (58W) TL – Front
- 160/60 ZR 17 M/C (69W) TL – Rear
- 180/55 ZR 17 M/C (73W) TL – Rear
- 190/50 ZR 17 M/C (73W) TL – Rear
- 190/55 ZR 17 M/C (75W) TL – Rear
The Verdict | Tyre Test: Metzeler Roadtec 01 SE