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CEAT Zoom Rad X1and X1F – Long term Review

By Savio Tavadia / January 24, 2018

Chapter 1 – Introduction and Installation

CEAT Zoom Rad X1 tyres are especially designed to cater specific needs of sports bike enthusiasts from across India. High performance-led ‘Zoom Rad X1’ tyres offer superior control and comfort at high speeds to enable a rider to embark on an exciting road journey. Other major features of the tyres include its soft and high grip compound for better leaning and cornering abilities. Such premium tyres are best suited for the riders of KTM Duke, Bajaj Dominar, Yamaha R15. These tyres will be available in 130/70R17, 110/70R17 and 150/60R17 size.

After our outing with the Ceat Zoom Rad that left us completed stoked and in awe we are beginning our next innings with Ceat Tyres, this time around we have the X1 and X1F fitted to our test Subject, the Bajaj Dominar 400.

 

Chapter 2 – The Break In

A motorcycle that is just down with its second free service and barely clocked 12,000 kilometres meant that the Bajaj Dominar 400 is just a toddler who has scratched the surface of its baby boots. This meant giving it a soft break in and allowing the tyres to adapt to the extreme heat of Pune’s sweltering weather. Keeping it easy for the first 500 kilometres I gradually hit the gas on them to let them “crack in” to the tarmac. No, i did not attempt any burnouts  but let the open straights take us into triple digit territory. As it edged towards its first ton, I toyed with the prospect of cornering. While the stock MRF REVZ C1 passed all possible proving grounds to make room for the Ceats, the tyres was a winner on all terrains from offroading to rain soaked roads that had droplets the size of m16 bullets piercing through the raincoat and armoured RR Gear riding jacket.

After setting the benchmarks to high away from the point of disappointment, the MRFs were handed down to the agile workhorse the Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS. Keeping up to this level of expectations ideally would be a task of sorts for a new tyre off the depot. However in the tradition of the Zoom Rad (read the review of the zoom rad tyres here ) series this too was a failure. It simply failed to disappoint! Cornering friendly treads that let the motorcycle dive in to the corner. While the comfort zone usually is a right hander, one fine sunday enroute to the Bajaj Dominar owners HYPERMEET in April 2018, I attempted to lean in on the the easy left-hander to and the Dominar effortlessly keeled over without any whims. so also while testing it for highest possible speeds, the Zoom Rad felt comfortable at 150 kmph and yet come to a grinding halt without much ado. The summer was well spent on almost every type of surface and there hasn’t been a spot where the ceat zoom rads took a dip in confidence levels. Now with the onset of monsoons it is yet to be seen what this dynamic duo can do! No, we won’t go off roading to places like Rajmachi unless there’s a tow truck and a new set in place, these are street tyres. After all would you wear bathroom slippers to a Tuxedo dinner? For any other relevant queries it would be appreciated if you could post them in the comments below.

keep watching this space for more…

Chapter 3 – Bring in the Rain Coming Soon…

For more details and to check availability of the tyre for your motorcycle click on the link below:

https://www.ceat.com/tyres/motorcycle/product/zoom-rad-x1

 

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Savio Tavadia

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Ashish - December 26, 2018

Man you are yet to completely review the ceat zoom rad x1s

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