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Metzeler Roadtec Z8 Interact Rear Tires

The new Metzeler Roadtec Z8 Interact allows the rider to keep everything under control. The tire follows the riders instincts with a sublime blend of precise and effortless handing. The wet weather handling of motorcycle tires, and especially the braking performance in wet conditions, is becoming an increasingly important feature demanded by the sport-touring rider. This rider requirement occurs especially if it rains suddenly and a high level of security is needed. Metzeler designed the Z8 with the demands of modern sport riders in mind.


  • Multi Zone Tension technology, new updated tread profiles and functional tread pattern place the Z8 Roadtec Interact at the top of the sport touring tire class
  • M-Spec and O-Spec tires feature a bi-compound design
  • 8% wider final footprint area than its predecessor due to the variation of steel belt tensions and a strategically placed tread pattern which optimizes pressures in the footprint area
  • 0° Steel Radial technology
  • MAW (Metzeler Advanced Winding) technology
  • The profile shape, inspired by the Greek letter "Pi", maximizes the flexibility of the profile, thus ensuring an optimum tire footprint under in all conditions
  • The 3-zone-tension Interact ™ Technology gives outstanding mileage and sporty cornering grip
  • FCM (Fine Carbon Mix) High Silica compound with Nano particles ensures performance and safety in all weather conditions
  • Innovative tread pattern, a widened and more elliptical footprint and a host of wear-resistant technologies not normally seen in motorcycle tires give the Roadtec Z8 Interact its best-in-segment mileage and optimal wet performance throughout the tires life
  • New patented tread pattern with strategically placed longitudinal central grooves provide ideal drainage for more than 3/4 of all lean angles in the wet. The remaining tread grooves work to add tread flexibility, extending the footprint for stability in the dry
  • Updated design improves wear regularity which gives riders the benefit of a consistent riding performance across the tires entire life
  • (W)-rated for speeds of 168+ mph

Fitment Notes & Exceptions

  • OE Fitment and Tire Compound codes:
    • Rear M 180/55 ZR 17 M/C (73W) TL. Dual Compound. All brands, all models 
    • Rear O 180/55 ZR 17 M/C (73W) TL. Dual Compound, 2 Plies carcass
    • Rear M 190/50 ZR 17 M/C (73W) TL. Dual Compound. All brands, all models 
    • Rear O 190/50 ZR 17 M/C (73W) TL. Dual Compound, 2 Plies carcass
    • Rear M 190/55 ZR 17 M/C (75W) TL. Dual Compound. All brands, all models 
    • Rear O 190/55 ZR 17 M/C (75W) TL. Dual Compound, 2 Plies carcass
Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Rear / 160/60ZR17 69W 747279 2038800 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 150/70ZR17 69W 747280 2069000 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 170/60ZR17 72W M-Spec 747281 2069100/2491900 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 160/60ZR18 70W 747282 2186000 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 180/55ZR17 O-Spec 73W 857211 2283800 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 190/50ZR17 O-Spec 73W 857212 2284000 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 190/55ZR17 M-Spec 1037707 2284100 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 190/55ZR17 O-Spec 75W 857213 2284200 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 180/55ZR17 M-Spec 1037708 2283700 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 150/70ZR17 M-Spec 1037709 2491700 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 160/60ZR17 M-Spec 1037710 2491600 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 160/60ZR18 M-Spec 1037711 2491800 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 190/50ZR17 M-Spec 1037713 2783900 Out of Stock
Rear / 170/60ZR17 72W 1049355 2069100/2491900 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours


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Metzeler Roadtec Z8 Interact Rear Tires 4.5 5 44 44
R1200RT Metzeler is the only brand of tires that have ever been on my BMWs for past 10 years. November 2, 2015
BEST VALUE FOR SPORT TOURERS AND ALL WEATHER RIDERS Metzeler Roadtec tires are great in sporty dry weather canyon carving conditions and confidence inspiring in wet weather. The profile of the tire makes handling very good as well on all medium or heavy sport-tourers. Interstate long distance or aggressive sports riders will both enjoy the benefits of Metzeler's Roadtec Z-8 interact line. October 12, 2015
Only have 500 miles on it but great tire & sure tread life will ge great. great handling & sticks like glue in the rain. I'm sure tread life will be great. June 8, 2015
Great Tire! I ride a 1992 Honda Cbr600F2 and I usually run it very hard up mountains. I have run the Z8 M-spec for about 7500 miles now. I'm sure I could get about 8000 on it but I'm wanting to change the pair together instead of a few weeks apart. Great price for the mileage and great grip in the rain, I feel very confident in whatever I throw at this tire. May 25, 2015
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
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Metzeler Roadtec Z8 Interact Rear Tires
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Rhett T: I have these now and they've lasted 17,500 miles so far. Only replacing to be cautious. Nov 19, 2015
Cord H: Looking for a higher mileage tire that preforms well Oct 4, 2015
Michael J G: reviews and use my revzilla cash Oct 4, 2015
Robert B: My 2002 BMW R1150r currently has the Z6 on it and they are about worn out, I like the way they handle and have not had any problems out of them, I figured the Z8 is the new tire to the Z6 so why not run with the new tires, My BMW dealer could not get the Z8's they gave me a price for the Z6 that was about the same as the Z8. Aug 30, 2015
A R: Read a review of Sport Touring Tires in the 29.5.2015 Issue of Motorrad Magazine (German). The Metzeler Z8 M/O was rated top. My two most recent Tire Sets were Pirelli Angel St and Angle GT...both great tires IMO. It's just that Metzeler is owned by Pirelli so somehow these two brands seems to "leap-frog" one another. Jun 28, 2015
Ray W: It's what BMW puts on their bikes and they last a very long time. Why switch? Feb 6, 2015
M A: Newer style using a different compound which extends the mileage life of the tire Dec 6, 2014
Cory M: Great price on a good tire! "O" spec should provide more miles before next change. Sep 23, 2014
Eddie L: Needed a tire to put a lot of miles on yet had to be able to perform pretty well in the twisties. Aug 28, 2014
Andrew R: Quality May 2, 2014
Thomas S: I have been on Metzler Z6 tires many years and get good results on my R1150RT. I ride from early spring to late fall and require a tire that is built for wet and dry roads as well as very spirited riding. I trust the Z8 will exceed my expectations.

After 13 months I've got 8K on the tires with another 1 to 2k left on the front and rear Z8. Traction is very good in wet and really good on dry roads with a loaded bike.
Mar 3, 2014
J C: fast delivery, got what my bike needed Nov 8, 2013
John C: I run these on my '05, BMW R1200RT and feel very comfortable with the handling in all conditions and speed. I'm getting a little over 8K miles per set. Oct 9, 2013
Larry P B: I have and know and trust Metzeler. Good mileage and they stick! Sep 14, 2013
gene n: i have used metzlers for years, dating back to the 70's tried several other brands, happier with metzlers, these particular tires i have had at least 3 sets, good grip, stable, feel secure with these. at least half ridding is two up. Sep 13, 2013
John B: My favorite tire Sep 4, 2013
A shopper asked: Andrew: Guys has anyone tried these on the rear of the R1200GSA LC. I am looking for a tyre that will give me more than the 7000Klms i have on the Tourance Next. Do a lot of two up touring and solo fast corners so looking for both grip and miles? Sep 10, 2014
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Robert M: I ride Z8 Interact front & rear on my R1100RT, (replaced Z6 tires). Grip and response is very good for me - dry and wet. Mileage is better than Roadtec Z6s. Used to replace Z6s after 7000 miles (11,265 km) but I may not ride as aggressively as you. Z8 front tire has 10153 miles so far (16,339 km). Original rear Z8 picked up 3 nails so I replaced it early... Replacement Z8 has 5815 miles (9358 km) and lots of life left. Sep 11, 2014
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ronald s: I have a little over 7,000 miles on this tire on the rear of r1200rt and it just started to flatten off in the center. Good grip around corners and on wet roads. Looking at the tread wear I think I will get to at least 10,000mi. Sounds like our riding styles are similar. Sep 11, 2014
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Joe A: I run this tire on the back of a K12GT. Do a lot of moto camping not much 2up. I live in Savannah,GA camping is done in the N.GA mountains. I get good grip in the mountains and mileage running there and back and on the flats roads around S.GA. Usually 13k or better. Sep 12, 2014
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Joe A: Now that my brain is working I also ran this tire on the a R1150RT with similar results Sep 12, 2014
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A shopper asked: Hello, I'm a loyal Revzilla customer. I ride a 2009 Kaw Concours 1400 ABS.
I have a set of PR3's now and I've put about 7000 miles on them so far. The front has plenty of meat left with a bit of cupping. The rear still has at least 30-40% life left but has extreme cupping. I commute about 250 miles a week a ride a lot of 2 up on the weekends. I ride the C-14 like an old man.
Question: I'm doing a 10,000 mile 5 week trip next June through the USA south west and I will be towing a single wheeled "Third Wheel Trailer" with minimal loading in it. The C-14 also has the big heavy Corbin trunk installed. I'm considering the Metzeler Roadtec Z8 Interact Rear Tire or a set of PR4-GT's.
I'm hesitant of the PR's due the cupping I experienced with the PR3's.
I seek advice on my tire choice ?
Thank you,
Dan from Canada
Oct 28, 2014
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Lawrence S: DDan,
I love the Z8's for their stability during wet weather conditions. I am a USCF cycling official and have to ride in all sorts of conditions and sometimes at speed in the rain. The Z8's in the rain have never given me cause for concern while negotiating a high speed turn.

As for cupping, you may not be able to entirely avoid cupping. Tire cupping or irregular wear is a somewhat common occurrence on all vehicles. On a four-wheel vehicle, you are advised to rotate your tires periodically to even out wear. Unfortunately, you do not have this luxury with a motorcycle because front and rear tires, unlike those on most four-wheel vehicles, are not interchangeable.

However, there are steps that can be taken to minimize cupping and uneven wear on a motorcycle: Maintain your motorcycle and particularly your front and suspension. Avoid hard braking whenever possible. Braking causes the tire to grab and wear in one direction. When braking is applied to the front tire, the load transfer over-flexes the tire and increases the tendency for cupping and uneven wear.

Maintain your tire pressures. Under inflation and overloading of motorcycle tires are significant causes of cupping and uneven wear, particularly in association with hard braking and/or trailer use.

Once a tire begins to show signs of uneven wear, even following these steps may not improve the condition.

Tire companies can, and are, helping to minimize cupping and uneven wear but you, the rider, must do your part. Following the aforementioned guidelines will help avoid uneven wear.

Enjoy your trip,
Oct 29, 2014
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kevin g: Hi Dan

The trip for you next year sounds great! I can see why you are looking for a good set of tires.
I rode the Metzler Z 8 last year and I thought it was a great tire.
I have a Yamaha fz1 and commute everyday on it. I have not done to much 2 up so I cannot touch on that. What I can say is that I was very pleased with that set of tires. I felt very confident on dry or wet pavement. After about 9500 miles the rear squared off but the front was perfect. I'm sure it's because of the obvious twist of the wrist. I would rate these tires at a 9 out of 10
This year I decided on the Pirelli angel gt. This is also an Excellant sport touring tire. Honestly, with the Pirelli ' s, I may feel the road just a bit more. Another option is the Bridgstone bt 23? My 2014 Fjr came with these and they feel very solid. The Fjr is probably a better comparison to your Connie than my Fz1

With only putting 2000 miles on the Pirellis thus far, I would say out of the box, I like this tire the best
The Bt 23 only have 500 miles on them (I just picked up the bike last week) and so far a very comfortable ride

All in all, if you go with any of the three, you won't go wrong

I hope this helped
Kevin from Chicago
Oct 28, 2014
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Luiz C: Dan

I didn´t put many miles on my bike, since I replaced my tires.
In addition, I sold the bike 2 months ago.
sorry not to be able to help you.
have a nice ride!
Oct 28, 2014
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A shopper asked: is the O spec or the M spec the correct for my K1600gtl.? Oct 16, 2013
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Lawrence S: I have the “O” tire on the rear and an “M” on the front of my R1200RT and love them. I ride my RT like a sport bike with less than a ½ - inch chicken strip on the rear tire. The tires have never let me down wet or dry. More important I have never felt my ABS kick in under hard braking. I would highly recommend them for anyone who owns a sport-touring bike. My motto is wide open until you see God, then brake. Oct 17, 2013
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Jeffrey D: My understanding is that this is a designation of the designed grip of the tire in varied weather/road conditions. This is analogous to the M&S "all weather" designation on car tires. It specifically refers to tires that have the mulit-compound contruction, typically in the rear tire. There is no choice between the two specs. The Z8 Interact rear tire has the "M&O" designation. Oct 18, 2013
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Gail A: I have been happy w/my tire for the K12GT but I know nothing about the specs/needs for a K1600. Oct 16, 2013
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A shopper asked: hello.
what is the difference between the old metzeler z8 and the new z8 m/o in riding.
is it more sportive in handling? or more neutrale, pointier or rounder?

i drive the pirelli angel gt now, and its a little bit to sporty, just a little bit
Apr 30, 2014
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Mark L: It is definitely a more durable tire but even though it is tougher, I didn't notice a degradation in handling.

I'd also say that it did make handling better. Easier to turn and hold a line. Hard to say if this is due to the new compound or simply because I'd replaced a very worn tire.

I would definitely purchase them again
May 1, 2014
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Don C: First of all, these are the tires that I'm currently running on my 2012 BMW R1200R. I've been very happy with the Metzeler Z8 tires. I purchased the new Z8 for two reasons -

First - it's designed to have better wet weather performance than it's predecessor. In my experience, unless there is an insane amount of water on the road, the wet grip of the tires is outstanding. Moderately aggressive, even extreme, lean angles are possible. The Z8 inspires confidence when the road is wet.

Second - it's an OEM tire for my bike. I tour all over the country and know from personal experience that flats happen. Being able to fix the flat and then drive into a dealership knowing they'll almost certainly have the necessary replacement tire is comforting.

Frankly, these are better tires than I am a rider. In order to really get into the area where you'd see a difference between this tire and it's predecessor, you'd have to push the limits of the tire. I'll never willingly do that. In fact, I've really given up trying to find "just the right tire." Virtually all of the high end tires available today will possess handling capabilities that I won't approach. I like that. It takes the stress out of tire shopping. Having said that, I've found that this tire allows a confident tip in, holds a line well, and will give ample warning on those rare occasions when my enthusiasm overcomes my caution and I start to push the bike hard. One last point. I'm obsessive about tire pressure. I check the pressures frequently and am rarely more than a pound or two low. I consider myself a spirited, not aggressive, rider. As a result, I find that I'm able to get something on the order of 12,000 to 14,000 miles on my rear tire - more on the front. The rear tire will square off, but it's rate of wear is quite acceptable to me.

I hope this has been helpful.
May 5, 2014
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A shopper asked: what would be the best tire for a 2012 honda CBR 1000rr? Nov 1, 2013
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Phillip K: That all depends on the type of riding you'll be doing.

Street, Commuting, Track Days, or Racing. etc.etc.

These are great for street,commuting and very light track days; pretty good in the rain too.
Nov 1, 2013
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