Metzeler Z8 Roadtec Tyres

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Metzeler Z8 Roadtec Tyres

Post by al » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:44 am

I was after a new set of Sport Touring tyres for the Monster so had the short list down to the Michelin RoadPilot 3's and the Metzeler Z8 RoadTec's. With everyone going for the Michelins lately I though that I would give the Metzelers a go and give some feedback.

Got them fitted to the bike over a week ago but other than riding the bike back to the house I didn't have a chance to get them scrubbed in till last night as it was a nice dry evening.

Initial thoughts were "What the f*ck!?!?". It was probably not helped by me trying to get used to riding the Monster again but it felt very different to the Bridgestone BT-016's that were previously fitted. As the tyres were very shiny I tentatively made my way out to Alford. I pulled into the carpark at the transport museum to check out the condition of the tyres (and also to make sure my Scottoiler wasn't pissing oil over the back tyre).

Tyres were nicely scrubbed in over 50% of the surface by then so decided to press on and carefully work on scrubbing in the rest of the tyre surface. I headed on a loop round Muir of Fowless then back to Aberdeen. By the time I was on the road heading back to Garlogie I could feel there was loads of grip there and the tyres were already feeling better than the BT-016's.

All in all, good initial impressions but take your time scrubbing them in as they did seem very slippy out of the box.

Can't wait to get some more miles on them and see if they live up to their promises in the wet.

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Post by al » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:54 am

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Re: Metzeler Z8 Roadtec Tyres

Post by al » Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:22 pm

Did another 120 miles on the tyres today and I'm really impressed with them. They are properly scrubbed in now. They offer more grip than I am capable of using with a nice progrssive rounded profile.

I just need to get more miles on the Monster to learn how to ride it properly. I was working on my lines and positioning and gradually building the pace up. Still managed 55mpg!

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Re: Metzeler Z8 Roadtec Tyres

Post by haiax0 » Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:36 pm

So the Monster is not for sale anymore? you have decided to keep it?

I am itching to try some new tyres so may very well give them ago with the striple :2up

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Re: Metzeler Z8 Roadtec Tyres

Post by noble83 » Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:56 pm

Would like to second this assessment of the Metzeler Z8 Roadtec's. I put these on my FZS600 in June and haven't looked back. Great tyres, especially in the wet. :2up

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Re: Metzeler Z8 Roadtec Tyres

Post by MrT » Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:44 pm

Just put the Z8's on the Sprint STD 1050, really good and far better in my opinion than the Pilot Road 3's I had previously.

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Re: Metzeler Z8 Roadtec Tyres

Post by al » Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:28 pm

I had the Monster out at Kintore today for its first MOT. It was the first time I had been out in the wet on the Z8's and I don't think it could have been any wetter!

Anyway, the good thing is that the tyres performed faultlessly in the rain. The feel I was getting from the bike was like I was like I was riding on a dry road, it was only my eyes and leaky boots that were telling me otherwise!

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