ROADTEC 02, the new sport touring tire from Metzeler, is successfully completing the final development and testing phases and, starting in January 2024, will be available for sale to the public.
Compared to its predecessor, ROADTEC 01, ROADTEC 02 significantly improves dynamic performance, primarily handling and wet road behavior, and does so by using a high percentage of materials of natural origin (materials entirely or partially derived from biomass: plants and vegetables) or recycled.
ROADTEC 02 belongs to the sport-touring segment, i.e., that of tires for mixed sport and touring use, but with this product, Metzeler has further raised the bar of sportiness by effectively creating a “super sport touring” tire. It is able to boast the typical characteristics of a touring tire, such as high mileage and excellent grip on wet surfaces, combined with many of those more typical of super sport tires, such as its handling, which gives new levels of sportiness.
ROADTEC 02 is intended for owners of large-displacement road motorcycles, such as naked, crossover, sport tourer and tourer machines, which are used for travel, whether it is a simple out-of-town trip with naked bikes or long journeys with other types of motorbikes. In all these cases, ROADTEC 02 will be a perfect travel companion for these motorcyclists. Thanks to its easy handling, it will make riding the motorcycle easier and less tiring, improving the ability to hold a line while leaning and reducing the annoying “straightening effect” when cornering.
With the new ROADTEC 02 compounds, the tire warm-up times have also been reduced, benefiting safety from the first mile. Finally, performance in difficult conditions, such as cold, wet and slippery asphalt, has been improved.
For the motorcyclist, all this translates into riding pleasure, high performance and safety in a full range of operating conditions.
ROADTEC 02 will also represent the first Metzeler product line to be characterized by a high percentage of materials of natural origin and recycled, allowing a substantial reduction in the number of ingredients of fossil and mineral origin.
Francesco Pietrangeli, Metzeler marketing Director, said, “ROADTEC 02 will be a great representative of the Metzeler brand values. For us, travel is the quintessence of motorcycling to be understood as a lifestyle. We are talking to the motorcyclist who always rides, even if it’s raining and cold. But also to the romantic one, hungry for adventure and experiences to tell. All without ignoring another value of primary importance for us, the quality: those who travel trust and rely on high-quality tires, safe even in rain and cold, which make riding easier and are not very tiring. ROADTEC 02 embodies all these values perfectly and does so with an eye towards the environment because it significantly reduces materials of fossil and mineral origin, focusing instead on those of natural origin or recycled.”