Metzeler Sportec M7 RR Rain Test

Lovers of sporty driving on the road, in all weathers, Metzeler offers today the Spartech M7 RR. Replacement of the M5 Interact, the newcomer would be more adherent, more manageable, but also more enduring.

Metzeler Sportec M7 RR Rain Test

Metzeler Sportec M7 RR Rain Test (1280 × 553)

What is this new radial road worth? The mountainous region of Almeria, its circuit and continuous rain enabled us to decide. Although its catalogue already proposed road sports references, Metzeler conveyed until then not really a racing image. Owned by the Pirelli Group, the German mark is indeed known for the quality of its tires touring and sport-GT, including the Z8 Interact winner of our comparative tires sport-GT in 2013.

Metzeler Sportec M7 RR Rain Test

Metzeler Sportec M7 RR 2013 (600 × 405)

Eager to offer a complete range, the manufacturer began 3 years a big development work in competition. But not the one that can be observed from the top of the stands of a circuit. The races that are used in the development of the new range RR – for Road Racing -the Elephant takes place on road. Among them, the Tourist Trophy of the Isle of Man, where Metzeler is represented by an Ambassador of choice: Guy Martin.

If the Spartech RR creates in 2013, was reserved for these spectacular competitions – TT, North West 200,Southern 100 and Grand Prize of Ulster Grand Prix motorcycle the Macau its road derivative M7 RR landed year past on the market. We are testing the today in the region of Almeria, in the South of the Spain where the weather is appalling! Metzeler announcing inter alia that the M7RR is still more adherent in the wet than the M5 Interact it replaces: we can judge on exhibit…

Metzeler Sportec M7 RR Rain Test

Metzeler M7 RR Sportec (510 × 382)

 To Start in the Heart of the Matter

The side where we are based, we head to the Almeria circuit route of choice for Moto2 world champion Tito Rabat. Prior to joining the track, our test program begins with 60 km of mountain roads, riding a BMWF800R 2015 first: first contact with the evolution of the German roadster very soon.

By 10 ° ambient and despite the “gramouille” on which we operate out of coastal villages especially in the roundabouts where water, sand and traces of fuel are an amalgam of the more trappy – speed of entry into operation of the Sportec M7 RR is also appreciable in the competition.

Metzeler Sportec M7 RR Rain Test

test Metzeler M7 RR Sportec (500 × 398)

Put in trust by a clear feedback, I however remains cautious on the first kilometers, before returning to a more homogeneous tar… but still soggy. In small corners of the back Andalusian country estates, the Metzeler unveils a convincing vivacity and its profile, particularly rounded, a bet on the corner all in tariff escalation.

Traction and Stability.

F800R 2015 win some horses, its torque is not really devastating. To harm the motor skills of the M7 RR in the wet, we turn therefore to the strong S1000R 160 horses and a motor particularly filled at midrange.

Metzeler Sportec M7 RR Rain Test

test Metzeler M7 RR Sportec stability (660 × 390)

Sport mode on, despite the precarious grip, appears very good traction. The sensitivity of the TC traction control is not exacerbated, support cutting the impulses of the 4-cylinder that very late.

Still launched on the Spanish secondary network, we are now focusing our efforts on the phases of braking already discover a good grip on moderately supported sequences: ABS remains silent.

Curve, stability is also open to criticism and whether to quickly lift the big sports roadster to correct a trajectory and avoid an inter’ too shiny, the M7 RR provides quite satisfactory maneuverability.

Ask knee by wet weather = happy and fit biker

Square at the Almeria circuit and the cockpit of the challenging BMW S1000RR 2015, pavement of Metzeler Sportec M7 RR pressure road AV: 2.5, AR:2.9. The pit lane is slick and large drops crashing on our helmets give us some suées. In short, it’s not the slick day!

Nevertheless, our hyper sportive are equipped with the finest electronic assistance Race ABS and DTC with angle sensor. We leave more confident than on any other sports, but it has to recognize that those who have agreed to take the lead not really wide.

Metzeler Sportec M7 RR Rain Test

Metzeler M7 RR Sportec happy biker (1280 × 672)

The M7 RR offering a very good grip even in these circumstances, the serenity resurfaced fairly quickly. And quickly I take more in addition to angle over sessions for late in the day, see Subscribe to dashboard 48 ° right, 46 ° left. With the knee caused by Earth! However, if the front looks fastened to the ground, we know not too when the back will win their acceleration. Similarly, more rounded profile without really marked edge does not give the feeling of place the motorcycle on the corner. In the rain, giving a little feel of playing Russian roulette!

On the heavy braking to 270 km/h at the end of a straight line, grip and good stability that is felt already on road are confirmed. On these supported phases, the carcass of the RR seems particularly rigid, the Metzeler does giving the sensation of crashing. Reverse side of the Medal – and we see it leaving the confines of the circuit on the way back – absorption capacity is not really at the top. The time in the estates of small bumps, comfort is improved.

Metzeler Sportec M7 RR Rain Test

Metzeler M7 RR Sportec test (660 × 389)

Balance sheet: Convincing in the wet

After a day of driving exclusively on wet surfaces, the Metzeler Sportec M7 RR delivers a rather positive. Indeed in the rain, we were convinced by his grip on the road circuit, with of course a surplus of confidence on track where the coating is more abrasive.

In the end we find him a good handling, a convincing handling, and good stability under braking and on the corner. Its speed of implementation action is another plus point, like tariff similar to that of the M5 Interact: around €255 the train.

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