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Long term report: Tyred and emotional

Published: 14 October 2015

Updated: 12 October 2015

Last year saw me declare that the Pirelli Supercorsa SP was my favourite tyre of all time, so when the RR arrived on a set this year I was delighted. A reasonably aggressive 4500 miles later and the smile hadn’t sunk at all. Both front and rear were feeling the miles though, and at around 15 degrees of lean the motorway-induced lip was causing the RR to shimmy through fast corners. It was time for a change.

While I’d have simply replaced them with SPs if it were my own bike, I was also curious to try something else, so I fitted a pair of Metzeler Racetec RR K3s just before heading over to Donington for a track soiree (the K3 is the road-bias version, K2s are advised for trackday-only use).

They’re just as impressive as the SPs. Grip from cold is excellent, they warm fast, and on track (pressures dropped to 29/29) they never gave a single moment of concern – while a session on another RR fitted with Bridgestone S20s nearly ended prematurely at Redgate. With one trackday and 1400 miles of road use under their belt there’s no sign of significant wear, and I just can’t fault them for performance and feel. If I’m allowed a joint favourite – they’re it.

  • Metzeler Racetec RR K3: 120/70 R17 & 200/55 R17, £264

BMW S1000RR Sport, £14,760

Miles to date: 6203

More updates at: Richard's BMW S1000RR 

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