Metzeler has been a BMW development partner for the GS family since 1980 with street enduro products and since 1999 with the Tourance™ family of products. The new Tourance™ Next is the third generation of the Tourance range and was specifically designed for latest generation street enduro and adventure touring bikes. The new sizes of the Tourance™ Next as original equipment on the BMW R 1200 GS will be the 120/70 R19 M/C and the 170/60 R17 M/C and they were developed directly in cooperation with the Bavarian manufacturer.
Tourance™ Next sets the new standard for the segment where grip on wet roads is concerned as well as in terms of safety, thanks to the new compounds developed for the front and rear which work in synergy with new grooves arranged optimally on the tread.
This tyre can therefore guarantee excellent grip in the wet, conveying a sensation of total safety to the rider in any condition, even when the asphalt is dirty and slippery.
The structure and profiles of the new Tourance™ Next were specifically designed for large new concept enduro bikes with particular attention to guaranteeing excellent stability even at high speeds and with the bike loaded down with top box and passenger.
In fact, the profiles were designed to absorb bumps in the asphalt in order to provide greater vehicle stability and for optimal interaction with the ABS and braking system.
The particularly resistant structure of the carcass creates a rigidity which translates into greater and easier handling of the bike.
The combination and interaction of the new tread and latest generation compounds result in a significant improvement compared to its predecessors in the Tourance™ family in terms of mileage thanks to better and more even tread wear.
The new Tourance™ Next will be available from the beginning of 2013 in 120/70 R 19 MC 60V and 170/60 R17 72V as original equipment on the latest addition to the BMW family, as well as in 120/70 ZR 17 M/C 58W, 110/80 R 19 M/C 59V and 90/90 - 21 M/C 54V for the front and 140/80 R 17 M/C 69V, 150/70 R 17 M/C 69V, 160/60 ZR 17 M/C 69W, 180/55 ZR 17 M/C 73W and 190/55 ZR 17 M/C 75W for the rear.