Metzeler Roadtec Z8 Interact Rear Tire
Bad design. A dangerous tire.
I've had three pair of these tires on my Concourse. The problem is there are no discernible wear indicators. You will go very suddenly from what appears to be a good tire to what in reality is a dangerous tire with threads showing. I got stranded because of this and will never use these tires again. Others have reported this as well. Should have listened to the forums.
March 22, 2015
Made In Germany
One thing about Germans is that they make great tires. The tire looks great and performs excellent.
October 9, 2014
Maybe I will buy again
I was satisfied with the Z8s overall but I didn't have enough confidence in them to give them a 5 star rating. I know this isn't the tire's fault but I got two flats in the rear tires. I replaced the tire after the first flat while it only had 3000 miles on it and the second rear tire had 6400 miles on it when it got flat. Front had 9400 miles on it and still seemed to have a 1000 or more left. But since I was replacing the rear I did the front as well.
I also had the rear break loose a couple of times which I didn't care for either. As for handling they did for the most part very well. The front I should say since it performed great for 9400 miles.
I may buy again but first I want to see how other tires perform before going back. I just put on Bridgestone T30s and will see how they do compared to the Z8s.
September 27, 2014
Good grip, very long wearing.
BMW R1200R, OEM tires. 11,500 miles and still tread left. Never had a tire slip in wet or dry. Was meticulous about pressures. Replacing for max safety, but could easily get 1-2K more miles. Would like to try other tires out of curiosity, but can't imagine how others could be better, so gonna replace Z8s.
June 14, 2014
Sticking with them.
Had Metzeler Roadtec Z8 Interacts as OEM on my BMW R1200RT. Liked so well, and lasted so long, I'm sticking with them as replacements at over 11,000 miles.
May 12, 2014
Good commuter tire
I've been through a few of these on the rear of my Superhawk and they work fine. I probably am more of an aggressive corner-er than most commuters but there is a strip of unused rubber 1/2 of an inch or so on the edges. A lot of riding is done in straight lines.
For me the tread life exceeds the original Dunlop D204ks by about 2K miles.
Honestly what's more important to me than anything else is to get a decent tire, know it well and use the same model so I can forget about it and just ride. These fit the bill and I will keep buying them as long as they are sold. They are consistent quality items.
February 11, 2014
I had the Z6 - 2011 R1200RT
I'm in the market for a new set of Metzeler Interact tires which will be the Z8. My set of Z6's have lasted for 12,000 miles, double the mileage I would get from Metzelers on my previous 2002 R1150RT.
I ride in the SF Bay area and surrounding areas and have found the Z6 to offer great grip and very predictable responses. I can't comment on wet weather performance as I rarely ride on wet roads given the residual oil situation on Bay area roadways.
Nice to finally have a set of tires that offer long life and high performance for a sport tourer R1200RT.
December 20, 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