The Metzeler Story
Metzeler is a German motorcycle tyre manufacturer focused on quality and performance. The mission of the company is to continuously develop products on the cutting edge of technology to meet the needs and expectations of motorcyclists' needs.
At Metzeler most of the people are enthusiastic motorcycle riders themselves. This means that they know the real needs, the expectations and the request of the riders. Metzeler customers are discerning and opt for the tyre for their bike which gives them the best performance, without sacrificing safety and reliability.
Metzeler has manufactured motorcycle tyres since 1892 and the company history goes hand in hand with the history of the motorcycle.
In 1863, Robert Friedrich Metzeler opened a commercial firm selling rubber and elastic goods in Munich, Germany. Some of Metzeler's early products included technical and surgical articles, sports equipment, toys and weatherproof clothing.
Metzeler became leaders in the growing aviation industry, developing a multilevel rubber manufacturing method for linen and cotton fabric. This product was used for balloon, airship and aircraft construction. Metzeler played an important role in tyre development for the bicycle, motorcycle and motor-car industry during 1892.
Metzeler set an impressive achievement in 1933 in tyre manufacturing by making the first useful tyre using the new synthetic rubber 'buna'. They set the high-speed world record for motorcycles at 279.5 km/h in 1937.
In 1945 the Metzeler factory was completely destroyed during the war. Reconstruction began immediately and in the following years, apart from traditional tyre manufacturing, other activities were developed in the technical rubber segment and for the leisure market.
The factory was completely destroyed during the war. Reconstruction began immediately and in the following years, apart from traditional tyre manufacturing, other activities were developed in the technical rubber segment and for the leisure market.
In 1978/79, Metzeler changed its company focus due to economic reasons, and started producing only motorcycle tyres. The Munich manufacturing plant was closed and all of the production was moved into the second Breuberg factory in Odenwald.
Metzeler developed the first tread pattern with crosswise oriented grooves, instead of the usual lengthwise - the ME 33 Laser in 1982.
In 1983 Metzeler introduces the first cross ply tyre with a kevlar belt for mass production. This leads to the introduction of the "MBS" - Metzeler Belt System.
Since the 1st of January 1986, Metzeler had become a member of the Pirelli Group. A restructuring period of the existing different branches into independent companies took place, and in 1989, Pirelli founded Metzeler Reifen GmbH. In the same year Metzeler introduction of the arrow parabolic tyre to the rear wheel - the ME 1.
In 1987 Metzeler launches the first Silica-tread compound for motorcycle tyres, called "CompK".
Metzeler develops the first 0° steel belted radial front tyre in 1996. The ME Z4 was the worldwide first tyre set with the revolutionary 0° steel belted radial technology.
2000 Metzeler introduces the new Metzeler ME 880 in the size of 240/40 R 18 to meet the demands of tuners world wide. With a width of 243 millimeters it was the world's widest motorcycle tyre. Furthmore it featured the patented 0° steel belted technology.
In 2013 Metzeler has introduced three new products onto the market: Tourance™ Next, an enduro street tyre, Karoo 3 for off-road adventures and ME888 Marathon Ultra for the latest-generation custom bikes.
From the use of new materials and the development of innovative tread designs, to the introduction of advanced rubber compounds, this German brand is always at the forefront of technical development.
You can visit the Metzeler website for more information: www.metzeler.com.