As per the title I'm on on the hunt for my next pair of shoes.....
I really want to keep this thread only to these two types of tyre and not expand to further options.
I've ridden with many brands and styles of tyres over many different bikes over many years in lots of different weather including commuting in snow thus I'm pretty well versed but trying to establish my best choice from these two; Metzeler Roadtec 01 SE & Michelin Road 5
Stock Z8's I thought were "ok" but only did about 1500 miles on them as the first owner scrubbed most of them off (6K) before I got my mitt's on the bike.
Replaced with Pirelli Angel GT2's as I loved the original Angels on my old CBF500 commuter, as they griped like glue right to the edges and we're great in wet/dry hot/cold ect.... and got great millage - However the GT2's seemed the total opposite, I've had a few "bum twitches" on these (one that I'm convinced if it wasn't for the TC I'd be a goner), Now the rear is square as a car tyre now after only 4000 miles (looked shit at 2000), the front is cupped like a decent bra and now handles like a Sherman tank post-battle.... they need to go... [
Never had a bad Michelin or Metzeller, so wanting to return to one of these but as we all know good tyres are not cheap (especially the Michelins) and want to make the right choice.
A friend of mine has both currently, however has only done a couple of hundred miles on each and on different bikes so he cant really give me a long term (or fair) review of either.
Metzellers fitted to a Honda Hornet 900
Road 5's fitted to a Honda CB500F
He rates the grip of both of them but says the Metzelers feel "sportier", my concern with this is (like with the GT2's) is they will "flat off" quickly and leave me with shitty handling whereas if the Road 5's are a bit more "Neutral" although they may not be as sporty they will stand the test of time and stay fairly consistent though out their life.
Last Michelins I had were the PR2's some years ago and I remember them being great and lasting an eternity and I road them in all weathers and also on the very aggressive side at times without them skipping a beat. However, I'm currently leaning towards the Metzellers as the Michelins costing £260>270ish I'm not sure if the extra money will be worth it...
I ride a mix of enthusiastic evening runs & 2 up rides out but at least 50% of my miles come from touring (avoiding highway/motorway as much as possible) but loaded up with panniers and top box in addition to my 120kg of muscle and dick... [sure]
Obviously neither is a bad tyre from what I've seen (but the GT2's shouldn't have been either!) but want to make the right choice
Really I want somebody with equal experience of both to let me know their thoughts.
- Wear consistency / profile change
- Tyre feel
- Millage (I know this is a bit subjective, but if the same person got 5000 out of one & 8000 out of the other it gives an indicator on longevity)
- wet/cold weather performance
- which would you buy again / recommend
Appreciate this can be a bit like talking politics or religion....[lol]