For us Indian Motorcyclists, Metzeler reminds us of incredibly sticky and awesomely fun to ride tyres provided with the KTM offerings like the Duke 390 and the RC390. Outside the country, focusing solely on motorcycles, Metzeler has long been involved in the motorcycle community, embodying the spirit of independence and shared values within a group, adopting the slogan “Sharing Independence” starting this year. The 2015 Metzeler calendar titled “The Gathering of Legends” goes behind the camera of famous American motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter, showcasing images dedicated to the largest international motorcycle rallies.
Lichter has been photographing custom Harley-Davidsons and the biker lifestyle since the 1970s. He’s been credited with 11 books, more than 1200 magazine articles numerous calendars, advertisements, posters and numerous other prints related to motorcycles. This latest collection of Lichter images is dedicated to the historic motorcycle rallies around the world, including Daytona Beach Bike Week, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Born Free Bike Show, Motorcycle Cannonball, the Wharf Rat Rally in Canada and the Mooneyes Annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show in Japan. Lichter, better than anyone else, depicts these events through his photographs, and thanks to his experience he has managed to capture on film the feel of these major motorcycle rallies.
The Metzeler calendar was founded in 1994 with the title Metzeler Classics and since its inception it presents black and white historical images dedicated to the best moments of international motorcycling. In addition since 2010, Metzeler started to introduce a thematic calendar every year with images united by a theme considered important for the brand. The first was the MOCLA calendar also photographed by Michael Lichter, dedicated to the Cuban Club of Classic Bikes; in 2011 Cafe Racers were the subject while 2012 was a homage from Metzeler to Japan and its diverse machines. In 2013, the theme became “Garages”, with images depicting the most famous international customizers. Last year the calendar was dedicated to the world of road racing and its events.
The Metzeler calendar, at 50 x 52 centimetres (19.7 x 20.5 inches) and produced in Weissach near Stuttgart, by Text & Technik Verlag, was created originally as a special edition of the cult calendar Classic Moments.
The production will be limited to only 6000 copies, and are printed on extremely high quality paper, using a five colour printing process with an additional matte finish, except the front and rear covers which are printed on glossy paper.