As many of you know, I put a new set of Metzler tires on my bike about a week before I left. By now, I’ve ridden over numerous types of roads (some good, some not so good) and in various weather conditions.
The Metzlers track better then the stock Dunlops and rarely, if ever, follow grooves in the road or those pesky tar snakes that you find all over the place. This makes riding more enjoyable because I don’t have to worry about avoiding all the little grooves in the road. I rode across some highways that were in the process of being torn up and replaced where the surface was full of grooves and other irregularities and these tires definately work better than the Dunlops.
In the rain, I don’t really notice any difference between the two tires. That’s probably because I do my best to ride slowly and avoid hard cornering or braking in wet conditions.
I did come across one specific situation that bothered me. I was going around a corner at about 50 mph leaning into the turn when I ran over one of those tar snakes in the road that was oriented in the same direction that I was going. The tires definately caught this, twitched around, and made me nervous. I actually stopped and checked to make sure the tires didn’t go flat on me. After determining that the tires were fine, I purposly ran over some tar snakes while leaning into a corner again and sure enough, I experienced the same unsettling behavior. It seems that at certain lean angles, these tires grab irregularities in the road just like the Dunlops do – maybe even more.
As far as mileage is concerned, I have about 4,000 miles on them now and they’re looking OK. The rear looks like it may be squaring off in the center a bit but that’s to be expected considering all of the highway miles I’ve put on it so far.