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Metzler Sportec M7 RR?
« on: June 28, 2017, 02:29:54 pm »
Has anyone given these a whirl?  I'm in need of fresh rubber and I'm thinking of giving Metzler a try, these are classified as touring tires, supposedly superior wet/dry performance while maintaining good cornering in the twisties, developed by experiences at Isle of Man TT.  At least that's what they say.  Reviews are solid across the board on a wide spectrum of bikes on Revzilla and a few other sites, I'm just curious if anyone here has run a set.

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Re: Metzler Sportec M7 RR?
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2017, 08:07:14 pm »
I say go for it, and report back to us about lifespan and actual feel, both when new, and after 3k miles. Wet, and dry, and also dusty roads.

I have not tried them, by looking closely at the literature I find, they are not really clasified as a "touring tire" at all, more of a sport/racing tire, and the mile ratings on them even from the Metz website are a 3 out of 5 rating... so I would guess they will not be "endurance" minded...
It does pique my curiosity tho, but Metz has pretty much gone to a real division, with a lot of race specific tires (I.e. low miles, great grip) or long mile tires with "so so" longevity, and mediocre performance...

Let us know how they work out for you tho...  if I was doing "track days" on my C14, I'm sure they would be nice...

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Re: Metzler Sportec M7 RR?
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2017, 01:06:26 pm »
I say go for it, and report back to us about lifespan and actual feel, both when new, and after 3k miles. Wet, and dry, and also dusty roads.

I have not tried them, by looking closely at the literature I find, they are not really clasified as a "touring tire" at all, more of a sport/racing tire, and the mile ratings on them even from the Metz website are a 3 out of 5 rating... so I would guess they will not be "endurance" minded...
It does pique my curiosity tho, but Metz has pretty much gone to a real division, with a lot of race specific tires (I.e. low miles, great grip) or long mile tires with "so so" longevity, and mediocre performance...

Let us know how they work out for you tho...  if I was doing "track days" on my C14, I'm sure they would be nice...

I agree on the literature, they're saying sport grip with touring longevity, also good wet performance.  Revzilla has them listed as a touring tire, as well as a few of the other sites.  I went ahead and picked up a set for $250ish from Rocky Mountain. Will report back...

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Re: Metzler Sportec M7 RR?
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2017, 05:39:57 pm »
I'm presently running the Metzler RoadTec01 on the rear, so far I like it very much, but only a few hundred miles on her yet- having come from a PR4 that was cupping pretty badly at the end of its life. I got the 55 profile, which also was a nice upgrade. The PR4 front tire still has a couple 1000 more miles left on her, but I have a front RoadTec01 being delivered today, so It'll be ready for the late fall scrub in...
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Re: Metzler Sportec M7 RR?
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2017, 12:06:37 pm »
They came in today.  I got a full set, front with a 200/55 rear. I had a 190/55 PR4 for my last rear, got about 8k out of it before the wear bars. I like the look of the wider rubber, time will tell if it was a good idea to experiment with a 200. Will report back on wear, I'm doing a 5k mile cross country ride through 9 states and 2 timezones on starting July 14th.
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Re: Metzler Sportec M7 RR?
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2017, 03:09:11 am »
Metzler roadster 01 has gotten a lot of great reviews.  I am about to remove the Battlax tires that came stock so I am sure anything will be a great improvement.  However I ran over to the BMW forum and a few other forums to see what was being said about the tire.  Everyone seems to like them a lot, with most saying they were an improvement over the z8 design.  There is even Youtube videos saying they are giving the same type of mileage as Michelin PR 4's.  If someone has tried this tire I would love to here how they work on our bikes.  If not I will probably order a set next week for my trip to Colorado next month.

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Re: Metzler Sportec M7 RR?
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2017, 11:52:33 pm »
You couldn't pay me to run the tire in question. I read great reviews on it and decided to go with it. In 103k miles that I put on my RT, this tire is the only one to have stepped out on me. It stepped out so bad that the rear had me looking like I was riding flat track according to my daughter who was behind me when it happened.
I'll never run another and I replaced those Metz as soon as I got home.
You can usually find that Metz on eBay for under $100 if you're set on going with it, but I wouldn't.

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Re: Metzler Sportec M7 RR?
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2017, 01:59:29 am »
Me and some friends are going to Colorado next month and I need good handling tires.  Longevity will play an easy 2nd.  My buddy rides an FJR 1300 which has no problems in the corners, so I better find something to help me keep up with him so I don't get left behind.

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Re: Metzler Sportec M7 RR?
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2017, 01:26:08 pm »
So, I just finished my 9-state, 9-day, 4987-mile trip on the Metzler Sportec M7 RRs.  For some perspective, I rode 80% of the trip 2-up, towing a Trail Tail one-wheel trailer.  We rode the Million Dollar Hwy, Cali 120 over Yosemite, Cali HWY1 and 101 up the coast, and all the twisty roads I could find in between, then back through Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Colorado home to Oklahoma. I know the Sportec M7 is a sport tire, but Metzler claimed touring longevity so I put it to the ultimate test.

Handling: I love the handling of the tires.  I ran a 200/55 rear in the set, the bike felt really planted throughout corners, even loaded and pulling the trailer. Grip was exactly what I wanted, going through some of the most technical roads on the planet where guardrails are optional. The Trail Tail trailer is just an afterthought with it's one-wheel design, and I hit the twisties just as hard as I would without it. The M7s shined on the curves, never wavering in the leaned-over performance I had hoped for.

Wet Performance: Good, not outstanding. I came from the PR4, and these are definitely not downpour tires by comparison. We rode in some pretty soggy conditions coming down through the Colorado mountains--cold, driving rain, the occaisional sleet pellets... this was the only time during the trip that I felt the rear tire slip just a little before traction control kicked in and saved my a**. I chock that up to cold temps and moderate icing... I can't really blame a sport tire for not gripping well in those conditions.

Longevity: It's not a PR4. We all know that. I can say, after 5k miles of HARD riding, loaded down and pulling gobs of weight--there's probably 2k miles left on the rear tire. The front has closer to 4k left imo. There is a significant amount of plateauing from the long highway stretches, but the rear cupping is minimal. The tread depth is fair, and I rode the tire hard yesterday without a passenger and unloaded, it performed flawlessly in the in 100-degree Oklahoma sun. While it may not have the life of Michelin or Pirelli touring rubber, I'm really impressed with the overall longevity of this budget-friendly tire.

Overall: If you're looking for 11k+ miles out of a tire, this ain't the one.  You can, however, tour on this tire and have fantastic sporting tire performance on the roads you love. Its a nice balance of sticky when you need it and tough enough to handle load and distance. The only area I could possibly wish for better is cold/wet performance, but that's a lot to ask of a sporting tire, let alone a budget sport tire. I know I don't regret trying them, and I'll definitely run them again. In fact, I may throw another set on after I wear these out. They're not good... they're great.

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