ROADTEC™ 01 is able to ensure outstanding grip across an extended range of tarmac, weather and temperature conditions, even going beyond ROADTEC™ Z8 M/O, itself a test winner in 2015. This means an unsurpassed rider confidence when leaning, braking and accelerating, which can be experienced when riding in urban environments, on interurban roads, and highways.
Ensuring a top level of confidence on these different conditions is made possible by combining a completely new tread design, new profile, and a dual compound layout for rear sizes.
ROADTEC™ 01 tread design features a high number of grooves whose development is transversal to the rotation direction, with the advantage of increasing mechanical grip on the ground. The benefit of transversal grooves extends in many different conditions: from riding with cold wet weather on lighter weight motorcycles, to longer highway trips during summer on a big touring bike. The tread design as a whole also grants higher water drainage compared to ROADTEC™ Z8 M/O, thanks to groove placement and geometry which has been fine-tuned depending whether the motorcycle is leaning or riding in a straight line.
ROADTEC™ 01 profile and dual compound layout play an important role on reaching the target in term of grip and riding confidence: on the rear tires, the shorter and larger contact patch:
• Holds a higher number of tread design elements, thereby increasing their efficiency;
• Includes a higher section of the full-silica shoulder compound, which is capable of delivering the highest chemical grip on wet and low friction surfaces.
The Dual compound layout on rear sizes features a central stripe with high silica content mixed with carbon black, to increase mileage and stability, while shoulders have a full silica compound providing top notch chemical grip even on more difficult surfaces such as wet and worn tarmac. The central stripe covers approximately 30% of the tread pattern section, with the remaining 70% of full silica compound equally split between the two shoulders.
Front tire sizes use a full silica compound similar to the one on the shoulder of the rear tires, in order to provide excellent chemical grip in conjunction with the mechanical grip provided by the tread design. The employment of a similar compound between front tires and rear tires shoulders also helps providing a consistent contact feeling to the rider.