Since its debut in 2008, BMW Motorrad has relied exclusively on METZELER to equip the GS Trophy bikes, an event highly anticipated by enthusiasts from all over the world.
METZELER has once again been chosen as the sole tyre supplier for the legendary BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy, the raid organised every two years by the Bavarian company to have their customers test the off-road skills of their bikes who have shown excellent riding skills by exceeding the selections provided. Since its first edition in Tunisia in 2008, METZELER has been the only tyre brand alongside BMW Motorrad as a technical partner to equip the motorcycles that are the protagonists of the coveted amateur trophy.
The only naked with a supercharged engine currently on the market relies exclusively on PIRELLI DIABLO ROSSO III tyres as original equipment in the sizes 120/70 ZR 17 and 190/55 ZR 17
Protagonist at the EICMA show last November and recently presented to the international press in Las Vegas, the Kawasaki Z H2 represents the most radical and powerful motorcycle ever produced of the historic Z series. Now the flagship model of this family, the supercharged naked from Akashi is able to satisfy the most demanding motorcyclists thanks to a long list of cutting-edge technical and electronic features. The most defining feature is certainly the 988cc four-cylinder in-line supercharged engine that is able to deliver up to 200 PS at 11,000 rpm.
To transmit the high power generated by the engine to the ground, Kawasaki has selected Pirelli DIABLO ROSSO™ III in the 120/70 ZR17 (58W) "K" size for the front and 190/55 ZR17 (75W) "D" for the rear of the Z H2. The version of the front tyre (K) was designed by Pirelli engineers specifically in order to meet the Japanese company's goals in terms of agility and handling. The rear version (D) manages the incredible power and immense torque of the supercharged engine ensuring high stability and traction management.
The top spec tyre from Pirelli’s road range has been confirmed as standard equipment for the most prestigious supersport motorcycles
Pirelli DIABLO Supercorsa SP "V3" has received another recognition of its leadership in the segment of racing replica tyres for road use. It has been chosen by Honda, as original equipment for the HONDA CBR1000RR-R Fireblade and the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP (in 120/70 ZR17 front and 200/55 ZR17 rear), the much awaited supersport machines of the Japanese manufacturer. The top performing member of the DIABLO™ road family from Pirelli, now in its third generation, is confirmed once more as the first choice for high-performance motorcycles recently introduced on the market by the most prestigious motorcycle manufacturers.
Developed in 2018 and now in its third generation, this race replica tyre is chosen by the most prestigious motorcycle manufacturers in the world as original equipment for their flagship supersports and naked bikes
The new PIRELLI DIABLO SUPERCORSA SP is the ultimate expression of Pirelli technology, its racing soul approved for road use.
In fact, the DIABLO SUPERCORSA SP is the third generation "V3" of Pirelli's highly popular race replica tyre featuring profile and structure that are nearly identical to those of the slick racing tyres that are used in national and international competitions such as the FIM World Superbike Championship.
The DIABLO SUPERCORSA SP establishes a benchmark for the race replica segment and thanks to its innovative features it has been chosen by Ducati as original equipment of its new Panigale V4 model year 2020, currently in action at the Bahrain International Circuit, where the official press launch of the new Italian supersports machine is taking place.
Dunlop`s cruiser and chopper tire Dunlop D404 available in four new sizes.
2 NEW FRONT AND REAR TIRE SIZES AVAILABLE FROM 2020
2 new front tire sizes 100 / 90-18 56H TL and 110 / 90-18 61H TL for bikes like BMW R850 C Cruiser or Honda VF 1100 C.
2 new rear tire sizes 130 / 90-15 66H TL and 170 / 80-15 77H e.g. for Yamaha XVS 1100 Drag Star, Suzuki M800 Intruder or Triumph Speedmaster 865
This article has been updated 06.January.2020 from an earlier version.
METZELER KAROO STREET 2020 available in new sizes
Both pairs are for the new 2020 Honda Africa Twin
Can somebody tell us if the Africa Twin comes with tube type spoke rims !?
Othere wise we have no explanation why Metzeler buid the same tyre in TL and in TT
On the BMW GS even the spoke rims are TL tubeless
In order to protect the tube from the spoke heads of the rim, you should check the rim tape for damage every time you mount the tire and replace it if necessary.
The rim tapes are not only available in different inch sizes, starting from 12 to 21 inches, but also in certain dimensions in different widths. 15 inches are available in 38 or 46 mm or a 16 inch even in 4 widths 23, 28, 30, 60 mm so that they fit exactly into the rim well and do not slip. For motorcycle tires, these are made almost entirely of rubber.
The new DIABLO ROSSO SCOOTER SC brings the full Pirelli racing experience to the scooter world. With special profiles, innovative compounds and a tread design derived from the DIABLO ROSSO™ SCOOTER, Pirelli has created a new street-legal tyre optimised for track applications.
Among the main advantages of DIABLO ROSSO™ SCOOTER SC there is the high grip guaranteed by the high-content Carbon Black compound, designed to guarantee rapid warm-up and excellent resistance to tearing. Thanks to the know-how derived from the developments of the DIABLO SUPERCORSA™ SC range, DIABLO ROSSO™ SCOOTER SC is suitable for use in all classes of scooter competitions.
PIRELLI PHANTOM SPORTSCOMP RS is a new competition tyre also approved for road use, designed for motorcycles with eighteen-inch wheels and intended for classic sprint and endurance races.
PHANTOM SPORTSCOMP RS combines the historic tread design of the iconic PHANTOMTM SPORTSCOMP with the latest technology for high performance track tyres, and is designed for contemporary classic racing applications.
The main advantages offered to the rider are the quick warm-up and the wide range of operating temperatures that allows entry to the track even without tyre warmers. PHANTOM™ SPORTSCOMP RS offers great consistency as the bike is lent over thanks to a dual-radius profile optimised for use on older chassis; once on the racing line at full lean, the large footprint area communicates control to the front and grip to the rear tyre.
For 2020 Pirelli announces numerous innovations in the racing range, enriching it with new products and expanding the choice of sizes and compounds of many tyres. Pirelli has always been at the forefront of research and technological development in the racing environment thanks to its decades of commitment in the FIM Superbike World Championship. The main news for next year in the segment of racing tyres for production based motorcycles, in all classes of the Championship, is the use of DIABLO™ SUPERBIKE slick tyres.
For the premier class, in 2020 the Italian brand proposes this product in new increased sizes that allow further improvements in terms of handling and top performance, contributing to the continuous reduction of lap times. New compounds with a wider range of uses also better respond, in terms of versatility and conditions of use, to the needs of professionals as well as track-day enthusiasts.
For the street-legal DIABLO SUPERCORSA SC range, now available in a new SC3 compound which allows top performance over multiple sessions in an extraordinarily wide spectrum of track characteristics and operating temperatures, in line with the new DIABLO SUPERBIKE SC3 version.
DIABLO SUPERCORSA SC V3
The 2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin is comprehensively redrawn with an aggressive, compact rally style and concentrated off-road focus. Meanwhile, the touring comfort, technology and all-round capability of the new CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports are significantly enhanced – with the added option of Showa Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment (Showa EERA™).
To make puncture repair easier when on tour the 21/18-inch front and rear (stainless steel) spoked wheels wear tubeless Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross Tourer AX41T or Metzeler Karoo Street tyres, sized 90/90-21M/C 54H and 150/70R18 M/C 70H. Block pattern tyres (Continental 90/90-21M/C 54S and 150/70B 18M/C 70Q are also approved for fitment.
About the tires: In contrast to the unfortunate Dunlop OE tires of the 2016 model, the Honda Africa Twin CRF 1100 / 2020 model, are now rolling on the new Bridgestone AX41T, and it harmonises wonderfully with the motorcycle. Neutral, without tipping over, lots of grip, feeling even when wet.
The Metzeler Karoo Street is also homologated.
New Compound available for the Heidenau K60 Scout CC in the USA
January 2020 Heidenau will introduce a new compound for the K60 Scout 150/70 B17, the Cold Climate compound (CC).
This CC tire will be offered alongside the normal K60 Scout, and not replacing it. Gaining a reputation as the tire of choice among world travelers and weekend warriors, The K60 Scout is known for dependability and longevity; but some have not always been satisfied with the traction in cold, wet conditions. Specifically, the 150/70 B 17. To address this Heidenau has created a compound formulated to deliver similar performance in colder conditions. Warm weather riders might see a reduction in mileage compared to what they are used to with a Scout in return for an increase in street traction. Colder climates will find a great tire that preforms dependably wet or dry and delivers the value and performance they expect.
The same sturdy belted construction has been used, ensuring the dependable performance off-road riders expect. The change has been made to the tread compound only making for better adhesion in wet conditions. It is possible some riders might see a reduction in mileage of about 10%. Pricing will be the same as the current K 60 Scout.
The 26th METZELER Classic calendar celebrates the two-wheeled racing world with black and white images dedicated to the world of extreme enduro
The 2020 METZELER CALENDAR will deliver a united theme in its two versions: the ‘Classic’ variation, now in its 26th edition will feature historical black and white shots of two-wheeled competitions, and the version called "METZELER EXTREME" that is dedicated to the extreme enduro world where the German tire brand can boast a decades-long success story.
Seven Pirelli motorcycle tyres were selected by some of the most prestigious motorcycle manufacturers as original equipment for their most exciting new models that will be available in dealerships in the New Year
Pirelli is again confirmed as the first and natural choice of many motorcycle manufacturers, selecting tyres from the Italian brand as original equipment for their upcoming new models of 2020.
The range of seven tyres were chosen to equip thirty-four new models from nine different motorcycle manufacturers: Ducati, MV Agusta, Aprilia, Kawasaki, Triumph, Indian Motorcycle and the electric Energica Motor Company, Zero Motorcycles and Tacita.
From 2020, the Dunlop Sportsmart TT will also be available in the tire sizes for Adventure Motorcycles (BMW GS / KTM etc.) in 120/70 ZR19 and 170/60 ZR17.
That's what Metzeler tried with the M7 RR this year. The tire was taken out of the program after a short time and is no longer produced.
Of course there are bikers who really want to pull the gas cock with a GS, but if you have to put on a super sports tire, we question them. Since the rest of the time you have to accept all the disadvantages of a super athlete.
Getting such a tire up to operating temperature is not always that easy.