Motorcycle tires: Metzeler refines its Roadtec Z8 Interact
The tire manufacturer Metzeler (Pirelli group) has made several changes to its Roadtec Z8 Interact (read our Z8 Interact test), which has just been voted best tire in its category on wet ground by Motorrad TestCenter.
The tire manufacturer Metzeler (Pirelli group) has made several modifications to its Roadtec Z8 Interact (read our), which has just been voted best tire in its category on wet ground by Motorrad TestCenter.
More grip and versatility
This "new" Metzeler Z8 Interact receives new plasticizers and silica compounds of "last generation", as well as new resins and synthetic polymers which perform better than its predecessor. Thanks to this new composition, the Z8 Interact would offer a higher level of grip over a wider temperature range (from 4 to 35 ° C according to Metzeler).
The composition of the front tire also varies and now uses a higher proportion of silica to improve its warm-up time and grip on dry ground..
Unlike the front which remains "mono-rubber", the rear is now covered with two different types of rubber, for more grip on the angle and longevity on the tread.
Finally, the different tensions applied to the steel strands of the belt at 0 ° have been revised to adapt to the changes made to the rubber: from now on, the tension is for example lower in the center of the tire to increase the tire zone. contact.
No.1 in the wet according to Motorrad TestCenter
Thanks to these improvements, the Roadtec Z8 Interact would henceforth be neither more nor less than the "new standard of the sector in terms of safety and performance in the wet", welcomes Metzeler, which is based on the results of a comparison conducted by German testing agency Motorrad TestCenter.
According to Motorrad TestCenter, the German tire would outperform the Michelin Pilot Road 3, the Bridgestone Battlax BT 023, the Continental Road Attack2 and the Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart II in wet conditions..
Metzeler specifies that the new versions of its Roadtec Z8 Interact (named "M" and "O") "are 100% compatible with its predecessor". This means that it is possible to fit a "new" Z8 Interact at the rear and keep the old version of the Z8 at the front, and vice versa..
An economically important detail for current Z8 owners, who will appreciate not having to change the complete gear to discover the new facets of this second generation Roadtec Z8 Interact !
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