Metzler 110/80-18 58H M/C Lasertec is definitively not a good front tyre for the ST1100 Pan European!

by Stefano

Hi folks,

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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Aug 09, 2012
ABS-TCS vs CBS-ABS-TCS tyre size
by: Anonymous

Dear Alan,

the correct front tyre size for the "normal" (without ABS-TCS or CBS-ABS TCS) ST1100 (1990-2002) and with ABS-TCS (1990-1995) is 110/80R18. The tyre size of ST1100 with CBS-TCS (1996-2002) is 120/70R18.

ABS-TCS models are done with 2 separate ABS systems: one circuit for the front wheel and a second separate circuit for the rear wheel.

CBS-ABS-TCS models are done with a single combined ABS system that brakes both wheels even if you only brake with the front brake lever or the rear brake pedal. If you brake with the front brake lever you have more brake power on the front than in the rear and if you brake with the rear pedal you have more brake power on the rear than on the front, but the brakes work together.

Personally I find the handling of the ST1100 with CBS-ABS TCS with the "wide" 120/70R18 front tyre worst than the "normal" or the ABS-TCS models with "thin" 110/80R18, but -as wrote- this is just my personal opinion. Hope that these informations could contribute.

Aug 07, 2012
Wrong Tyre on your bike
by: Alan

Metzler Z6 would have been the better option and in the correct size of 120/70ZR18 for the ABS version.

I have had no issues with Z6 tyres on the front. One blow out on the rear only and have had three sets off them. They are no longer available in Australia so I'm using Bridgestone BT-023s which aren't that good either.

Aug 04, 2012
Metzler Lasertec
by: Ali Finlay

Agreed, the Lasertec is not the best choice for the St110, but neither is the Avon Storm 2. I have used several different tyres and found so far the Metzler Roadtec Z6 is the best compromise.
The Bridgestone BT023 is a good option but expensive, about £230-240 a pair, the Z6s comes in at about £180-190, they are however difficult to obtain as they are now out of production.
They are still available online at, who appear to be a Swiss company or at and
Hope you find this useful.

Aug 04, 2012
Good to know
by: Rob

That's information is very helpful.

I have been thinking about trying the Metzelers once my ST1100 is back on the road (see my blog post "Never Buy a Honda") because I've noticed a cut in the front tyre sidewall, and the rear already has a plug. (They're both Avon Storms).

But I think I'll reconsider the brand. I may even consider an Oriental brand of tyre.

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