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My 2016 FJ-09 needs tires.

Read a ton of reviews, decided on Roadtec.

It seems the only difference between Roadtec 01 and Roadtec 01 SE is the extent of the grooves onto the very edge of the tire, that is, how near the 'chicken strips' they extend. SE has more flat/slick surface.

My current tires look more like the SE than the plain.

I use the FJ as a sport-TOURER mostly, but do enjoy spirited cornering, probably more than most. But also want long life.

If the tires are identical except for that difference.. and both have excellent rain performance...I'm confused why they would make both, why not just the SE.

So, looking for comments about the 01 vs the 01 SE, any insight appreciated!

Or maybe I can be talked into something else with good mileage performance...馃槂
 

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I bought a pair of Roadtec 01 for my 2015 FZ09. The SE model didn't yet exist. I thought they were the best tires I've ever had. They had 8K miles when I sold the bike and looked like ~50% tread was left. Very confidence inspiring through the twisties. From what I've read, the SE model is an improvement. Have you tried contacting the Metzeler people through their website?
 
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I bought a pair of Roadtec 01 for my 2015 FZ09. The SE model didn't yet exist. I thought they were the best tires I've ever had. They had 8K miles when I sold the bike and looked like ~50% tread was left. Very confidence inspiring through the twisties. From what I've read, the SE model is an improvement. Have you tried contacting the Metzeler people through their website?
Thanks for the insight!
I was not impressed by the Metzeler website, they don't even list the FZ or FJ-09, at least not directly, Tracer is there, same tire sizes I suppose.
But... I'll give it a whirl. Also, the they have an HDM version, they don't make it clear at what weight HDM begins... :)>
 

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I bought some roadtec 01s when they first came out, I read all the reviews which praised them highly but I wasn鈥檛 impressed mainly because they have a very flat profile and my front tyre had worn out shoulders after 3500 miles, I found them boring but they grip well in wet conditions, not a patch on the road 5s.
 

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I don鈥檛 know but the later ones look like the same flat profile 馃憤
As opposed to a pointy/elliptical shape?

As I recall, they got MCN acclaim as long life sports touring tyres, having a harder compound through the centre than on the shoulders?
Isn't it logical that for long life the tyres need to be that shape so that braking and acceleration are spread over more rubber?

5,500 kms on the front would seem pretty good out here, but would probably be out of shape by then, yes.
I don't understand someone else's idea that 'bigger' bikes does not include the MT09/XSR900/Tracer900.
 

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As opposed to a pointy/elliptical shape?

As I recall, they got MCN acclaim as long life sports touring tyres, having a harder compound through the centre than on the shoulders?
Isn't it logical that for long life the tyres need to be that shape so that braking and acceleration are spread over more rubber

5,500 kms on the front would seem pretty good out here, but would probably be out of shape by then, yes.
I don't understand someone else's idea that 'bigger' bikes does not include the MT09/XSR900/Tracer900.
I wouldn鈥檛 take too much notice of what MCN say, i should imagine the ones who pay for the most advertising in MCN get the best reviews, just look at the bike reviews they are more favourable towards triumph & BMW because they advertise a lot in MCN, I rarely buy it these days. I prefer a more sporty tyre on my mt09 as you say pointy shape, try Michelin road 5 it鈥檚 much better.
 

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I did take notice when MCN gave the 01 their tyre of the year award about 10 years ago, have had two sets and will be looking for 01 SEs next.

As I said, it was rated as a sports tourer tyre (not sports).
My XSR900 rarely sees more than 200 kph here on Thai roads and I don't do track days on it, so.....suits me.

Maybe you should start a Michelin Road5 thread? :)
 
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