Metzler 110/80-18 58H M/C Lasertec is definitively not a good front tyre for the ST1100 Pan European!
I recently buy my third ST1100 (a 1995 model with ABS/TCS) with Metzler tyres on it. The front tyre was a Metzler 110/80-18 58H M/C Lasertec and the rear tyre is the Metzler 160/70R17 ME55A Metronic. Even if the rear tyre is almost usable, the front tyre is the worst tyre I ever had on my bike! Running an ST1100 with it on the front is a deal: every time you find an irregular road the tyre moves left-right giving you a very strange feeling; even when you drive on the ground marking you can feel it. Drive on mountain roads is a deal, too. You really have to put it down with power to make the curves... and the feeling is terrible! My opinion is, that the Metzler Lasertec front tyre is not the right choice for the ST1100.
The front tyre was new when I bought the bike, but after 600 km (see picture) I decided to change it because the bike wasn't drivable and I was scared to take curves with it. I put a Bridgestone Battlax BT023F-Z 110/80ZR18 58W on my front and the behaviour of the bike is now very good. The feeling whith my bike is now improved and I'm really happy with it (the bike is drivable). Until now I ran Dunlop and Bridgestone on my bikes and I never had problems with there tyres. Next week I'll change the rear tyre, too. I'll put a Bridgestone Battlax 023R-Z 160/70ZR17 73W on the rear of my bike, too. In the Bridgestone section I'll report the life of these tyres.
Metzler tyres: never again!
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