Metzeler’s current line of tires is getting great feedback from motorcycle magazines across the world. First Motorrad & Reisen rated the Roadtec Z8 Interact sport-touring tire number one in their best tire list, then the Z8 won the braking portion of a test in France’s Moto Magazine. Now, Australian Motorcycle News has given the Sportec M5 Interact an absolutely glowing review.
The M5 Interact is a Supersport tire, and it sounds like AMCN’s Rennie Scaysbrook has been lucky enough to spend most of the year on them. He’d put lots of miles on smaller bikes fitted with the M5, but this article was about spending a few days trying to destroy them on AMCN’s 213bhp tuned-up B-King they’ve lovingly nicknamed the B-Czar. It’s a funny name, but a big, monstrously powerful bike like that can be hell on a tire. Scaysbrook did big smoky burnouts before each of four drag runs, then spend the next day at a trackday. Remarkably, the M5 performed as well at the end of the torture test as it had right at the beginning. From his other experiences with the M5, Scaysbrook testifies that the M5 “holds up beautifully in the rain with ample grip and precise feedback.”
The M5 Interact uses Metzeler’s variable-winding-tension steel belt to tune 5 zones across tire for maximum performance both under breaking and during extreme lean angles. The Interact technology allows a footprint as much as 8% larger than a standard tire, while simultaneously improving straight-line stability and cornering feel. The M5 also boasts a lean indicator, with numbers printed into the tire that can be scrubbed off by riding the bike at extreme lean angles; the numbers correspond to lean angles of approximately 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 degrees.
Read more about the Sportec M5 Interact