Since its introduction in 2015, the Sportec M7 RR tire has been a popular seller for Metzeler and continues to sell well to this day. So, why fix it? Well, while we may think that the advent of motorcycle electronics has been growing quickly, the arena of tire performance has also been undergoing seemingly exponential change, and a five-year-old tire runs the risk of being left behind in the marketplace. Enter the Metzeler Sportec M9 RR, a tire designed to capitalize on all the M7 RR’s strengths and then exceed them. Does Metzeler, the only tire manufacturer to exclusively produce motorcycle tires, have another hit on its hands? Let’s take a look.
Compounding the issue
The secret mixture of a tire’s rubber compound(s) has always been the black magic behind motorcycle tires. The few square inches that contact the road at any given time have to provide cornering grip in a variety of temperatures, channel away water when it rains, and do so without compromising the steering characteristics of the bike they are mounted on. In the last decade or so, we may have grown complacent with how good motorcycle tires have gotten. Gone are the days where higher mileage tires both wore and gripped like stone or provided exceptional traction with shockingly low mileage. And how many riders long for the day where their bikes wanted to stand up and run wide if we needed to apply the brakes mid-corner?
With grooving that looks like the love child of the Racetec RR and the Sportec M7 RR, the Metzeler Sportec M9 RR offers the holy grail of both increased wet and dry grip compared to the M7 RR.
So, what has this motorcycle tire revolution brought to the M9 RR? We’ll start from the outside and work …read more
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