|METZELER, always at the forefront of research and technological innovation, announces that, in 2020, it will broaden its range with four new tyre models.
SPORTEC™ M9 RR, ROADTEC™ 01 SE, RACETEC™ TD Slick and ROADTEC™ Scooter are the new products strengthening the brand’s range in their relative segments.SPORTEC™ M9 RR is the successor of the multi-award-winning SPORTEC™ M7 RR, still considered a benchmark in the Supersport segment. ROADTEC™ 01 SE represents the evolution of ROADTEC™ 01, available in radial sizes for owners of naked, supersport and sport-touring bikes who are looking for improved handling and sportier performance. RACETEC™ TD Slick is the new slick tyre for track-day lovers and club racers. Finally, ROADTEC™ Scooter, the chosen heir of the FEELFREE™ family, is designed for urban mobility, commuting and the sport-touring use typical of the ROADTEC™product family.
SPORTEC™ M9 RR – Ride the unexpected
SPORTEC™ M9 RR is without doubt the most keenly awaited release for all supersport riders who have had the chance to appreciate the already excellent experience offered by the SPORTEC™ M7 RR,with SPORTEC™ M9 RR bringing further performance improvements across the board. SPORTEC™ M9 RR, as you may guess from the name, has a strong connection to its predecessor and its roots. The name SPORTEC™ identifies the range of sports road tyres designed for day-to-day use and to guarantee a great riding experience, safety and versatility. RR stands for Road Racing and immediately brings to mind the iconic Isle of Man TT competition, won this year by champion Dean Harrison on METZELER tyres. Road racing competitions bring to mind not only performance but also the typical characteristics associated with use of road bikes, i.e. unpredictable weather and road-surface conditions. This is the concept behind the claim for the new product, “Ride the unexpected”.
SPORTEC™ M9 RR perfectly combines the typical versatility of day-to-day use with the brand’s competitive experience in road racing, building on the important legacy of the SPORTEC™ M7 RR, a tyre that boasts an impressive list of awards and recognitions. This is completed with the most recent technological advances from the German brand’s research and development activity.
SPORTEC™ M9 RR has been designed for motorcyclists, primarily owners of supersport and naked bikes, with a sporty driving style and who use their bikes almost every day and in all conditions, from the urban jungle to the winding weekend roads, and are looking for improved performance: riders who want a great driving experience and sporty performance even in wet conditions, primarily on the road but with the option to take their bike on the track as well. These riders need a sports tyre that provides precise and reliable feedback while they enjoy their bike’s performance.
ROADTEC™ 01 SE – The sporty side of touring
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.
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, 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 steering stability.
RACETEC™ TD Slick
RACETEC™ TD Slick joins the range of METZELER™ racing slick tyres, dedicated to riders and club racers for competition and training use.
RACETEC™ TD Slick is therefore aimed at all riders who do not want to go without slick tyres on the track, at expert riders who want a plug-and-play product for long free sessions, and at club riders who need a tyre with endurance mileage and an excellent quality/price ratio that allows them to focus on improving lap times for the whole race weekend.
The tread design of this new tyre is directly based on the ROADTEC™ 01, specifically developed to allow use of a system partially based on siping. The primary benefits of this regard warm-up and comfort, as the siping contributes to the deformability of the tread, and first-class grip on low-friction surfaces, guaranteed by the recognisable ROADTEC 01 groove pattern.