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Metzeler Racetec RR tire test: Safe bet!


A road-approved track tire, the Metzeler Racetec RR is eagerly awaited by owners of sports motorcycles who do not wish to change tires between two track sessions. We have tested it for you !

As we explained to you in our presentation of this tire discovered at the last Milan Motor Show, THE Metzeler Racetec RR (for Road Racing) replaces the Racetec Interact. This novelty, which joined the Motoblouz motorcycle tire department this year, was developed with the latest motorcycle models and benefits from the experience acquired by the German brand in the world of road racing.

To put these road-approved sports tires to the test in depth, Anthony, a member of the Motoblouz team and a rider in his spare time, tested them on the circuit in varied weather conditions on the handlebars of his 2010 Kawasaki ZX-10R His choice fell on a K1 (the softest) at the front, and a K2 (intermediate hardness) at the rear.

The Metzeler Racetec RR, easy cornering!

Our tester appreciated the honesty of the Racetec RR: “they show a very good rise in temperature, even in the wet, which quickly builds confidence. From this moment on, we can go straight: cornering is really easy, no need to force it to lay the bike down. Coming out of a curve, the same observation, it holds up well to reacceleration, even if it is brutal, like with the ZX-10R! »

The experienced motorcyclist adds that the grip is overall very good, both when accelerating and when braking. An important quality which undoubtedly explains the main fault he points out: “ Made for road sports fans, we can say that the Metzeler Racetec RR also performs on the track, but at the cost of rather rapid wear. It only took me two days of driving to get over it. The continued extreme conditions on the track (speed, braking, cornering, etc.) will probably not have given it enough respite... On the road, I am sure that the wear and tear would be much more reasonable! »

Agility4
Grip in the dry4.5
Grip in the wet2.5
Heating time4
Longevity3.5

Good grip in all conditions

Reassuring with its grip beyond reproach, the Metzeler Racetec RR will adapt effectively to use on the track, whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider. In the wet, you will have to be on your guard if you push the slider very far. On the other hand, on the road, it is impossible to reach its limits. The only downside is that in intensive racing use, you will see the thickness of the rubber reduce quite quickly, especially if it is mounted on a very powerful sports car.
3.7

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Loic

Editor and tester for Motoblouz , I am an unconditional fan of roads with bends. For me, the motorcycle is a means of escape as well as a means of transport.

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  1. The Motoblouz team August 31, 2015 at 10:24 Answer

    Hello Max,
    Thank you for your comment !
    Misunderstanding, in two sessions, Anthony was talking about days of riding. I have corrected the article to make it clearer.
    Indeed, the Racetec RR is not made for riding in the rain, but Anthony explained to me that it nevertheless behaved very well for a tire of this type, with fairly rapid heating on wet ground. It is a road approved tire therefore capable of doing a few kilometers underwater all the same.
    Loic

  2. Max August 28, 2015 at 4:29 p.m. Answer

    Is this essay a joke? Does the Racetec RR heat up quickly in the rain? Oh well, it's surprising, because Metzeler canceled his press presentations which took place in the rain, because the tire is not made for it. Did your (driver) eat a set of tires two sessions? I hope it's a joke, or maybe his name is Rossi & co... we are a track outing organization and my guys last at least 6 sessions with these tires. If you want tests, call on professionals and not one of your employees, who obviously knows nothing about tires... They would say it was copied/pasted from a bad site... ABE