Metzeler Launches Interact Radial Motorcycle Tires
At a recent event held in Spain Metzeler introduced its premium Interact radial motorcycle tire range, a completely renovated line that comes to satisfy the needs of three motorcycle segments.
Specifically, the Interact tires cover the Sport, Sport-Urban and Urban-Touring segments, and integrate the patented 0° steel belt and associated Multi Zone Tension technology, with a specific setup inside the Racetec K3 Interact, Sportec M5 Interact and the Roadtec Z8 Interact radial tires.
“Although Racetec K3 sees its strength in the Sport segment with a modern sport bike, new street ready compounds allow its capability to extend to 1000cc naked bikes for a quick steering response in mountain riding. The same concept applies for the Roadtec Z8 whose fitment on sport touring bikes is common, but when mounted to a modern sport bike, extends the bikes usage to include even long commutes under potentially rainy conditions with safety in the wet and extended mileage,” Metzeler says.
Working with specific compound elements like high silica content for wet grip and using a nano-scale dispersion of the compound allow for a high safety level even in high temperature or load stress. Metzeler Interact tires also include modified structural features like high-tension steel cord in the center for high-speed stability and comfort, along with the correct Greek-Pi inspired combination of tread grooves for reduction of aquaplaning (M5 and Z8) or slick-like feel (Racetec) at full lean on the track.
The Racetec K3 Interact has already been chosen as original equipment fitment on BMW’s S1000RR, Aprilia’s RSV4-R and the Triumph Speed Triple in both the 180 and 190 rear tire sizes. Sportec M5 Interact is currently fitted to the BMW F800Rand Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport, while the Roadtec Z8 Interact recently saw its debut on the R1200R and the K1600 GT and GTL models.