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I saw from some of the pics recently posted by one of the CT riders that one of the RSV's was shod with the new Metzeler Sportec M1's. I'll need new tires soon and my choices boiled down to the Sportecs and the Rennsports. I've heard lots of great reviews of the Rennsports but hadn't heard much about the Sportecs. I'm looking for feedback from anyone who has the Sportecs. Thx.
 

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They don't seem to be running the Sportec special anymore. At least, I couldn't find it on the web site.
 

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Re: Feedback on Tires

In case some others have not stumbled across this article yet, it is a pretty good tire review which covers Metzeler, including the Sportec M1 and Rennsport tires, Pirelli and a host of other manufacturers:

http://www.tl1000.com/pb_tires/sport_rider_sep_2001.htm

I've only had the Pirelli Dragon EVO Corsa on my RSV, but with the spector of numerous track days looming, I decided it might be time for a more competitive change. For me then, it was a tough decision between the Perelli Supercorsa and the Metzeler Rennsport, but the Rennsport are on order and should be here and on the bike in few days, I look forward to giving them a whirl, weather permitting, and sharing my impressions.

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John
Lil'Red Y2K.5 RSV #489
Connecticut


 

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Re: Feedback on Tires

M1s are made to work on the street - their best performance starts to trail off at around 185 degrees, which is where Rennsports START... The M1s will perform very well in the rain, warm up very quickly, have longer life (4~6K), and will sustain many heat cycles. They're also cheaper than the Renns...

Rennsports are much more track oriented, turn better at higher velocities, and provide more grip at temp. Comparatively, they're CRAP in the cold and rain, will sustain far fewer heat cycles and will live for 2K miles.

So, you'll spend a lot more money, a lot more often, for little usable performance gain.

There's an article on the M1s in the December 01 issue of Roadracingworld. You can access it on their website.

IMHO - If it were my ride, I'd run M1s on the street and use Rennsports for track days.

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Re: Feedback on Tires

I just read the Roadracing World article and it wasn't clear whether they were referring to the Rennsport street or race tire. If they were, then I would favor the M1s, especially if the Rennsports don't start to work until after 150 degrees! In looking at the Sport Rider comparison, even though it doesn't test the M1, it seems as though the Rennsport is biased more towards the track than the street. That coupled with the longer life of the M1 leaves me little choice but to go with the M1.

Thanks for all of the info.
 

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seems as though the Rennsport is biased more towards the track than the street

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That's exactly the point. If you're REALLY aggressive on the street, you'd get some benefit (but half the life) from a set of Rennsports. But if you're that aggressive you should be doing it at a track.

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I would tend to say that I do ride aggressively on the street and the Sportec's do AMAZINGLY well!!! They are pretty damn good at the track too! Don't get me wrong - The Rennsport Race Supersoft Front / Soft Rear combo I tried at the track was the best traction I've felt - BUT - These M-1's are still the $HIT for the street!!!

 
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