CEAT Zoom Rad X1 X1F Longterm ReviewJanuary 24, 2018
CEAT Zoom Rad X1 X1F – Introduction and Installation
CEAT Zoom Rad X1 X1F 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. This enables the 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 are available in 130/70R17, 110/70R17 and 150/60R17 size.
Our outing with the Ceat Zoom Rad that left us completed stoked. Yes indeed, we are awe and 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.
CEAT Zoom Rad X1 X1F – 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.
CEAT Zoom Rad X1 X1F – MRF sets a baseline
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. The stock MRF REVZ C1 passed all possible proving grounds to make room for the Ceat set. The MRF tyres certainly is a winner on all terrains from offroading to highway straights. This, including the rain soaked roads with droplets the size of m16 bullets piercing through the raincoat and armored RR Gear riding jacket.
CEAT Zoom Rad X1 X1F – Failure
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!
CEAT Zoom Rad X1 X1F – The next level
Cornering friendly treads that let the motorcycle dive in to the corner. Personally, 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. The Dominar effortlessly keels over without any whims. So also while testing it for highest possible speeds, the Zoom Rad feels comfortable at 150 kmph. Yet it comes to a grinding halt without much ado. The summer is well spent on almost every type of surface. Till now there isn’t been a spot where the CEAT Zoom Rad X1 X1F takes a dip in confidence levels.
CEAT Zoom Rad X1 X1F – The Sign off
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.
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