Wednesday, March 16, 2022

The Worst Tyre ever

So finally the rains had stopped nad I managed to get the bike out for a ride on these new tyres. I always check my tyre pressures before every ride, however I didn't check today as I checked them 2 weeks ago, seriously how much could they lose in 2 weeks. 

Immediate as I pulled out of my driveway and into the round about 30m away I felt that the tyres were absolutely horrible, in only 2 bends. WTF?

I got to Geoff's and immediately asked for a tyre gauge, front was down 6 psi, back was down 5 psi. In only 2 weeks, wow. Maybe this is something tubed tyres do perhaps? As my tubeless tyres on my R1 would last months before losing this much pressure.

Now pumped up to the correct pressure we headed off. I noticed that they were better but not that much and there was something seriously wrong with how the bike was now handling on the front tyre.

We rode out on only a short ride to Nattai and viewing the Warragamba Catchment area. In 50kms I had recognised that this tyre was shite, the 50km return confirmed my initial thoughts.

After all the recent rains we've had the catchment area was brown and murky from all the run off, this flowed out into the ocean from the Hawkesbury river and could be seen by satellite.

My issues with the front tyre:

  • Wanders around the road
  • Unstable at highway speed, easily starts into weaving/wobbling.
  • Turn in on slow speed bends is unstable.
  • Noisy at any speed above 40km/h
  • Due to knob size and height i believe on the tar this tyre is completely useless and a little on the dangerous side as it rolls around on the tall knobs.
  • Unstable under brakes into a corner on any lean angle.
  • Doesn't want to change direction easily
  • Falls into bends and you actually have to counter steer out of the bend to straighten the bike mid corner.
This is the WORSRT TYRE I HAVE EVER USED in 30 years of riding make no mistake, I have no confidence in this tyre whatsoever.
Thoughts crossed my mind, would I get used to it?, or would it be the cause of me crashing due to these issues on my next ride. After  less than 100kms on this tyre I decided it would be much safer to get another tyre, any tyre to replace this one with. Anything would be better.

I had ridden Geoff's AT and he had Karoo3 on it. They felt 1 million times better than the Motoz front tyre. My choice was for a pirelli STR but they had none in stock, Dave suggested a Bridgestone AX41 another tyre I didn't know. At least I knew the Karro3 was good after only 20km ride, so I choose one of those to replace the Motoz Tractionator Adventure. What a crap tyre, I don't know how they sell any of these. Looks like my research let me down. Maybe some of those Youtubers were sponsored as I can't believe them saying how great this tyre is when in fact its absolute rubbish.


So only 1 week to go until my ride comes up and I'll be away this weekend at a wedding, so no trying out the new tyre. It will be run in during the trip.

1 comment:

  1. I told you that the was rubbish.
    Hopefully the Metzler is rideable for you as a see a lot of riding in your near future.😁