Metzeler expands winter tyre range for scooters

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Tyre firm Metzeler has extended the size fitments for the Feelfree Wintec range of scooter winter tyres which have been specifically designed to work at colder temperatures.

The range available has now been expanded with the introduction of the new 100/80-16, 110/70-16 and 110/70-13 sizes for the front and 120/80–16, 130/70 R16 and 140/60-14 for the rear.

MCN tested the tyres last year and you can read that test here.

The new sizes fit 150cc scooters like the Honda SH150i, 110-70-16 for the front and 130/70-R16 for the rear on 300cc scooters like the Honda SH300i as well as front size 110/70-13 and rear 140/60-14 suited for scooters like the Piaggio MP3 three wheeler. 

Metzeler states: “Created in 2007 as a radial for maxi-scooters (Suzuki Burgman 650 and Yamaha Tmax 500), Feelfree Wintec quickly became the tyre of choice for the entire segment and made scooter use non-seasonal. Feelfree Wintec was designed to provide the best possible performance in low temperatures and on wet road surfaces, but it guarantees the same reliable performance in hot weather and on dry surfaces as well. Its primary benefits are stability and handling, factors which give the rider a feeling of security and confidence.

“The Feelfree Wintec tread design is the most visible application of Metzeler technology. The tread, characterised by siping (narrow channels cut into the tyre tread), was designed to optimise water drainage. The sipes play a fundamental role because, breaking up the water plane, they provide better traction on wet surfaces (centre of the tread) and an excellent feeling of contact in bends (shoulders). The shape of the sipes was designed to ensure fast warm-up without making the tread excessively mobile.

“Feelfree Wintec has a “three zone A-B-A pattern” which is able to provide a larger tread area. “A-B-A” represents the arrangement of the steel belt, tighter on the shoulder and less at the centre, with a new optimised profile which ensures progressive performance, predictability and maximum riding precision.”

Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter