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Metro Continental Fighter tyre review

Metro Continental Fighter 120/80 x 18 is a dual purpose rear tyre for motorcycles. Since it is a dual purpose tyre, it is supposed to provide decent grip while on the tarmac and off it, making it a good choice for tourers who like to explore off beat places and trails.

While all this sounds good on the paper, let’s see how it performs in the real world.

metro-continental-fighterSince buying this tyre, I have managed to run it for a little over 5000kms, most of which have been clocked during my two tours (Khajuraho and Udaipur) and has allowed me to get a good feel of this tyre in a variety of conditions.

Before I get to them, I would like to mention that although it is 120/80, it is bigger and slightly heavier than other 120/80 size dual purpose tyres like FKR Ranger, and this means that at least on my first generation Pulsar 180, this tyre could not be fit along with the chain cover and I also had to fit a slightly longer chain to ensure that it did not touch the swing arm. In spite of this, the tyre does manage to scrape itself against the bike, while riding with a pillion over speed breakers and bumpy terrain.

As far as on road performance goes, it is decent but not great. While one does not feel nervous while braking or cornering, it does have a tendency to lock up if the road is slightly smooth and you brake really hard. Add to this, at least for the initial few hundred km I felt that the tyre was causing the bike lean slightly more than I wanted it to, whether that trait has disappeared or I have gotten used to it is something that I am not entirely sure of, but it is unnoticeable now.

Off road performance in comparison to its on road performance is better, although I do not feel as confident in pushing this tyre to same limits that I did with FKR Ranger, but it isn’t too shabby either and if you explore trails occasionally, then it shouldn’t really be a big bother, especially on nice trails like this.

metro-continental-fighter-off-road

Overall it is an ok tyre, though not really as great as I would have wanted it to be, especially with the ghost of FKR Ranger’s performance still lingering in the back of my head. But I guess this will do, if you are on somewhat tight budget or cannot find Michelin and Pirelli dual purpose tyres in your city.

Metro Continental Fighter rear tyre
Size: 120/80 x 18”
Type: Dual Purpose
Price Rs. 1400 with tube
Our rating: 3 stars out of 5

2 Comments

  1. Hi,
    I’m Using CBZ xtreme Model-2008,can i use this tyre in my Bike???& is creates any problem when i driving,is it move fast as other Tyre Like MRF OR BIRLA?Coz now i’m using MRF 100/90-18″.So plz can u give me a solution coz i’m interested to buy this Metro tyre.
    Thnkzzzz

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    Hi,
    I’m Using CBZ xtreme Model-2008,can i use this tyre in my Bike???& is creates any problem when i driving,is it move fast as other Tyre Like MRF OR BIRLA?Coz now i’m using MRF 100/90-18″.So plz can u give me a solution coz i’m interested to buy this Metro tyre.
    Thnkzzzz

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