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Old 05-20-2016, 03:23 PM
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metzeler roadtec 01 regular or Michelin pilot road 4gt

I ordered some new roadtec 01 tyres but due to a misunderstanding the dealer ordered in the regular and not the hw versions.

The tyres will fit and work but the web site suggests I ought to use the heavy weight (hw) edition which isn't yet available.

They have offered me the Michelin pilot road 4gt tyres which I used on a different bike in the past but this model isn't recommended on Michelin's UK site for the K1300s and the dealer has indicated any tyre not recommended will not be covered by the manufacturer if anything went wrong.

However I need need new tyres as I'm rocking all over on the existing ones ad they have become misshapen.

Has anyone any experience with either of these tyres on the k1300s?
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Old 05-20-2016, 04:39 PM
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Re: metzeler roadtec 01 regular or Michelin pilot road 4gt

I'm slightly surprised that the K1300S needs the Heavyweight version. But if it does it does. If you can't get the Roadtec 01 I would fit the Metzeler Roadtec Z8 rather than the Michelin.
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Re: metzeler roadtec 01 regular or Michelin pilot road 4gt

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...Has anyone any experience with either of these tyres on the k1300s?
The S comes with Pilot Power tires in the US. They are not the heavy sidewall GT tires. If you ride solo you won't need the stiffer sidewall. We ride 2-up all the time and I still don't use the stiffer sidewall tires. Never have in over 500k.
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Re: metzeler roadtec 01 regular or Michelin pilot road 4gt

I would use them, I have a set in the shop waiting to go on my K13s also.
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Re: metzeler roadtec 01 regular or Michelin pilot road 4gt

I went with the Pilot Power 3 from Michelin in the end. The dealer had them in stock and they're recommended on the Michelin web site.

The dealer would only advise the recommended tyres and although would fit others, they would do so with reservations which is fair enough.

I am disappointed I didn't get the Roadtec 01 tyres but I desperately needed new ones as my ride and control was being compromised by those I had and needed to buy something.

I will save up and buy the Metzeler tyres next time.

Looks to be a 25 cheque available on Michelin web site too for buying them. That will help.
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Old 05-22-2016, 09:52 AM
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Re: metzeler roadtec 01 regular or Michelin pilot road 4gt

The PP3s are great tires (tyres). Enjoy
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Re: metzeler roadtec 01 regular or Michelin pilot road 4gt

If you like the Pilot Powers, don't go to the Metzlers.

IMHO they just aren't as good on the street, even at a rapid pace.

As far as the Pilot Roads, I would avoid them unless you really need the extra wet weather traction. The trade off for all those sipes is uneven wear that causes handling problems as the blocks feather their leading edge. The CHP has pretty much stopped using the Pilot Roads for this reason, feedback from hundreds of thousands of miles. On the other hand, we seem to never get any rain.
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Re: metzeler roadtec 01 regular or Michelin pilot road 4gt

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If you like the Pilot Powers, don't go to the Metzlers.

IMHO they just aren't as good on the street, even at a rapid pace.

As far as the Pilot Roads, I would avoid them unless you really need the extra wet weather traction. The trade off for all those sipes is uneven wear that causes handling problems as the blocks feather their leading edge. The CHP has pretty much stopped using the Pilot Roads for this reason, feedback from hundreds of thousands of miles. On the other hand, we seem to never get any rain.

You saw his address right??? Lol....4th set of pilot 4gt's for me....absolutely no complaints.
I put 20,000kms a year on my BMW in all kinds of weather 12 months a year. There maybe a better tire out there but I'm not about to waste $600 to find out when I'm very pleased with what I have....just my opinion of course.
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Re: metzeler roadtec 01 regular or Michelin pilot road 4gt

Well that didn't last long sadly.

The Pilot Power 3 tyres are coming off and being replaced at Michelin's expense for another pair with mine being returned to Spain for investigation.

They started out okay but rapidly began to feel underpressured when they were not. Soft and underinflated is the best description. Every road marking, every bump, every dip was over exaggerated, turning tight corners was wobbly and rolling along was bumpy. Pulling away at start caused the front to shake and the I had to get off a couple of times to check the back was really inflated.

Only with stiff suspension in sport mode on the electronic suspension could compensate and make it feel better.

Two dealers checked the bike before I headed to the tyre fitters who were brilliant and spoke to Michellin. They agreed to swap them and send the others back to be looked at.

If these new ones behave the same way Michelin told them they may reconsider the advice about them being suitable for the bike which is a big move if its only me.

Fingers crossed on the new ones being fitted Wednesday ��
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Re: metzeler roadtec 01 regular or Michelin pilot road 4gt

Wow. Thats strange. I guess you could say they didn't inspire confidence. Keep us posted about Michelin's conclusion after they examine them.
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Re: metzeler roadtec 01 regular or Michelin pilot road 4gt

Were there any visible signs like cupping or out of round and balance?
What mechanical parts of the bike were checked?
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Re: metzeler roadtec 01 regular or Michelin pilot road 4gt

Front assembly was checked, ball joints replaced, fresh MOT check and cleared, everything short of a full service by one dealer, the other took to workshop and checked all on list.

Tyres honestly look okay but I've been out today and they are still terrible to ride on, especially at slow speeds which given traffic around here with the infrastructure works is normal.
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Re: metzeler roadtec 01 regular or Michelin pilot road 4gt

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Front assembly was checked, ball joints replaced, fresh MOT check and cleared, everything short of a full service by one dealer, the other took to workshop and checked all on list.

Tyres honestly look okay but I've been out today and they are still terrible to ride on, especially at slow speeds which given traffic around here with the infrastructure works is normal.

So these are a new set of PR4 GT tires that are now on the bike?
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Re: metzeler roadtec 01 regular or Michelin pilot road 4gt

Mark. In an earlier post you said the tires were coming off and being sent to Spain. So are theses the replacement tires, or are you still on the old ones.
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Re: metzeler roadtec 01 regular or Michelin pilot road 4gt

The tyres are coming off on Wednesday and being sent back to the factory in Spain. The new tyres are the same types, Pilot Power 3.
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Re: metzeler roadtec 01 regular or Michelin pilot road 4gt

I have 4000km on the Roadtec 01 "std-version".
My K1300S -13 is reading 36000km, and iv been on M3, Angel GT, Z8, Z8 O/M and Pilot Road 4.
The 01 is the best so far!!!
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Re: metzeler roadtec 01 regular or Michelin pilot road 4gt

I'm not big on doing reviews but I just did 1600 miles on the new METZLER ROADTEC 01's . the tire holds the road in the twisty's so much better than the Z8's they replaced . braking fells better and more comfortable . the tires really make my RS come up to what I like a MOTORCYCLE to handle like . I would recommend to any one that is looking for new tires , plus I got a $50.00 rebate for buying them , not bad


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I fitted Roadtec 01 to my K1300S last week. Just scrubbed them in and enjoying the way they feel. New tyres are always nice but these inspire confidence. They are smooth, comfortable, and afford accurate control of the bike. In a way they flatter the rider.

The additional grooves (versus my previos Z8s) presumably allow them to clear more water when it's really wet, but not put that to the test yet.
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Re: metzeler roadtec 01 regular or Michelin pilot road 4gt

New Pilot Power 3 tyres are now fitted and the old ones are on their way back to the factory for investigation.

Right now the bike feels more responsive and alive but we shall see how it performs after 800km (about 500 miles) when I have to report back to the dealer and Michelin how they feel.
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