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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 Road Tec Z8 follows the rider's 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 features a bi-compound design
- O-Spec features a bi-compound design and a 2-ply carcass for heavy sport-touring bikes
- 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
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Reviews & Questions
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.
over 2 years ago
Fast shipping and good prices from Revzilla.
over 2 years ago
FYI I think I road on wet roads one time and they did pretty well so my rating on wet traction is with little experience.
1 year ago
I wasn't happy about swapping the Z8 out after just 7.5k, but more than half a dozen tiny punctures convinced me otherwise—and also that an alley shortcut strewn with fine debris can be expeditious, but expensive.
Can't really say anything bad about the tires, but in the Midwest it takes a lot of work to find roads sufficient to keep the center from wanting to square off. Never came across traction issues rain or shine, or on those hard won curvier roads at the west end of Illinois. (Handles gravel roads just as well of both kind—fine, and chunky.) Also handled the dedicated advanced training course I took last year without complaint, getting some wear down to the little elephant into the faster and sharper corners.
I'd love to have tried out the Interact 01, which I run on the front, but they don't come wide enough. The Z8, though, isn't just a consolation prize.
9 months ago
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.
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 ?
Dan from Canada
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,
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
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
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.