Metzeler Roadtec Z8 Interact Front Tire
As good as it gets in this segment
Finally a tire that'll last and still give good service as it goes down. I ran mine all the way down to the wear-bars (OK, not smart) while out on a multi-day trip and they never gave up traction. In the rain they continued to grip nearly as well as new right up to the day they got changed out. Day-to-day service is as good as it gets in this segment. They resist "squaring off" as well as anything I've seen and let my SV1K do what it's supposed to do....
September 21, 2013
Would Not Be My Choice
These tires came stock on my K1600GT. I'll start by saying that I am very particular about my tire pressures and always do a "walk around" to check out my bikes before every ride! I would consider myself as a fairly aggresive rider ... I drag parts semi often.
The front tire started cupping around 2,500-3,000 miles, the rear was showing cords at 3,872 miles. I had done a walk around and was riding with my wife the day before I found the cords showing. The tire looked fine, still not into the wear bars (close but not into# so we rode two up for a short ride ... maybe 200 miles. We got home late, parked the bike in garage. The next day I was going for a ride and during inspection found a strip in center of tire #all the way around) that measures anywhere from 2" - 4.5" of steel belt! So the tire went from not into wear bars to showing cords within 200 miles!!!!!
I am now in process of deciding what tire to run ... the only thing I am certain of it will NOT be the Metzler Roadtec!
November 5, 2013
pretty good tire
I usually use a set of tires per year (about 10k miles). These are OEM from BMW for some of their large touring bikes and that influenced my selection.
August 28, 2013
Love this tire.
I just received my second set of Z8s for my R1200RT. 12,000 miles on the first set, including a Track Day and there was still tread life left. The weekend before I received the new set I still had the confidence in the tires to ride Ohio Rt 555, some call it “Ohio’s Dragon”. These tires owed me nothing and after 12,000 miles it was just time for a new set. Watch your tire pressure and adjust for 2up or solo and this tire will keep you happy in all road conditions. Believe all the hype, this is one Great Tire!
September 21, 2013
Metzeler product claims and other reviews are right on the mark. Too many companies exaggerate their product's qualities. My K1600GTL is often loaded to max gross. These tires give good wear and good traction, rain or shine.
July 29, 2013
These tires were on my NC700X when I bought it last summer. I put 8500 miles on them and they performed great. Took a trip this past May through WV, Eastern KY and TN. I already had about 6K miles on the tires when I left for the trip. The rear tire was showing some what of a flat spot from the commuting I do to work. Ran into a lot of rain in KY and the tires stuck really well(never slipped) even with the miles I had on them.
I probably could have gotten another 2K miles on them but I have another long trip planned in August so I decided to replace them.
Just bought a set of Michelin Road Pilot 3's from RevZilla. Thought I would try a different tire for the commuting I do. If the Michelins don't work out, my next purchase will be these Melzlers again. Great tire! They never let me down. I would recommend them.
July 18, 2013
This is my second set of Z8s on my R1200RT. The wet and dry traction is great and they look like they will last about 10,000 miles. I had to change the first set out early for a trip so I don't know the exact mileage yet.
Fast shipping and good prices from Revzilla.
July 1, 2013
I almost always get the Metzeler's, Expensive but they last.
Have on 09, 750 Shiver,and 2003 FZ1.Great grip, little rain experience, so I can't give much advice. Iv'e tried a few Dunlap's, They never seem to last any where near as long. I commute 100 mile's a day. Dunlap's just seem to shed the rubber. I check tire pressure's weekly. Iv'e been riding street bike's to work since 1984. Got my first Met in 85 and never really looked back. Had a few tell me about Dun's, tried twice and they are not for me. Everyone has their own style and opinion. Yes, I do ride theses tire's hard at time's. Don't ever go cheap on your tire's.
June 12, 2013