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  • Sep 03 2013

    BMW R 1200 GS and Charley Boorman finish epic 10-week USA adventure

    Charley Boorman has just finished riding around the USA for 10 weeks aboard a new BMW R 1200 GS.

    Criss-crossing America on the water-cooled Beemer, which is shod with Metzeler Tourance Next EXP rubber as standard fitment, Charley filmed his new TV series, Extreme Frontiers: USA.

    Along the way, Charley’s adventures included braving the frozen Alaskan wilderness for hostile environment training with the US Army, diving in Pearl Harbour to see the wrecks and flying a replica of the Wright Brothers’ fabric and string glider at Kitty Hawk.

    Death-Valley

    He made his way from Hawaii to Alaska, via New York, Utah, Montana and California, plus many more states and cities. The 5000-mile trip was on Tarmac, desert, gravel and dirt, putting the 1200 GS to the test in some of the most challenging – and spectacular – locations in North America.

    Charley’s ride was made even more memorable by once-in-a-lifetime events, including flash flooding in the driest place in the world (Death Valley), being battered by squalls and storms while sailing a tall ship out of Boston Harbour, and racing along the beautiful and vast Bonneville Salt Flats, home to countless land speed records through history.

    The Extreme Frontiers: USA programme will be broadcast on Channel Five later this year.

    To see photos, videos and read the daily blog updates from the trip, visit www.bigearth.com/extremefrontiers/usa/

    Images courtesy of Leopold Hughes. 

     

  • Jul 11 2013

    Metzeler explorer Miquel Silvestre has made it to Samarkand!

    The curtain falls on Miquel Silvestre’s adventure, ‘Ruta Embajada to Samarkand’. After reaching Samarkand, the historic city on the Silk Road through Europe, Asia Minor and Central Asia, Miquel ended his journey last weekend, riding all the way (10,000km) on Metzeler tyres.

    Before leaving Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan, Miquel changed to his Metzeler Karoo 3 tyres from the Tourance Nexts. After 5000 kilometres over rough terrain, dirty and rocky roads, the Karoo 3′s tread has only worn by 50% compared to a new tyre.

    This is an extraordinary result, according to Miquel, for a knobbly tyre that must support the weight of a big adventure bike like his BMW 1200 GS.

    Miquel

    “This bike is much more powerful than the previous BMW model” said Silvestre.  The Karoo 3 has supported luggage and rider, a weight greater than 350 kilograms, over difficult terrain with temperatures above 35 degrees.

    Miquel went on to say: “Regarding the Karoo 3′s general behaviour, it is well suited both to Tarmac and dirt roads. In this sense, the Metzeler Karoo 3 can be considered the best tyres in the off-road segment. They are also unbeatable in case of braking. I have experienced it against my will when I had to make an emergency stop in Azerbaijan. The Karoo 3 managed to stop the bike safely without the use of ABS. The particular design of the tread in fact offers a larger contact surface with the ground.”

    Miquel, who does not like short and easy roads, has returned to the Old Continent through the rugged mountain range of the Carpathians in Romania and the famous Transfagarasan alpine road that runs in the Transylvanian mountains.

    After leaving behind the land of the famous King Vlad, Miquel rode to Garmisch, near Munich,to take part in the BMW Motorrad Days sponsored by Metzeler.

    Miquel is now currently looking for a sponsorship for his next adventure: Ruta Panamericana Valdés-Valdez, an adventurous journey from Patagonia to Alaska, following the footsteps of the sixteenth century Spanish travellers who explored the new American continent.

  • May 16 2012

    Polish adventurer Ania Jackowska conquers South America on Metzeler tyres!

    Ania with her Metzeler shod BMW

    After setting off back in February this year on a BMW F650GS to travel the length of Argentina solo, Ania has returned after her epic journey.

     

    Ridexperience spoke to Ania before she left and she told us:
    “For this trip I think to stop in Buenos Aires, Puerto Madryn (to see dolphins and penguins), then ride until Tierra del Fuego. I will go up to Calafate (to see Perito Moreno), pass by Esquel (to visit the Futalaufquen Lake), plus San Carlos de Bariloche, San Martin Los Andes, Mendoza, San Juan, Salta and many others. My trip is also dedicated to meet new people and to learn their stories.

     

    “Argentina is my first destination in South America. I’ve never been there before. Thinking about new destinations I want to meet different cultures each time. I hope I will be able to discover the beauty of the country.”

     

    Her BMW was shod with Metzeler Tourance EXP tyres that lasted 10,000 kilometres, carrying Ania on Tarmac roads and mud trails alike (more than 4000 kilometres of dirt).

     

    From her home in Poland, Ania told us that she still “sees the colors of the mountains of Argentina and miles of dirt road trails riding her BMW.” Routes made of stones, gravel, mud, windswept and crossed by deep watercourses. Especially the Ruta 40, known as one of the most treacherous roads in the world.

     

    Riding her Metzeler shod BMW F650GS, Ania has overcome huge difficulties thanks to her physical training, the quality of her bike, its equipment and, of course, luck. A fall, a simple slip in the absolute silence of a spectacular yet isolated landscape can be disastrous.

     

    Ania said: “When I travel a lot and for long journeys, I need to trust the quality of all components of the bike. It’s necessary to be well prepared. Personally I prepare my body for the efforts and labours that I’ll going to meet, but the real success also depends on my equipment. So I think that if I choose the Metzeler Tourance EXPs I will receive the best durability and traction.”

     

    But everything went the right way: well done Ania from everybody at Metzeler!

     

    For more information about the complete range of Metzeler tyres go to www.metzelermoto.co.uk

ROAD RACING 2014

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