Decent tire for commuting
May 14, 2013(Anderson, SC)
Ride a Triumph Sprint St 70 miles per day about 80% of the time. Two lanes with nice curves and some mountain roads for fun. Got 10k out of the back but it is totally gone. I need something that gives me longer than a year of riding. Wet weather was great. Handling was good. I'm older now and the chicken strips are a lot bigger than they were when I was young but I do like the confidence these tires gave.
March 19, 2013(San Diego, CA)
I bought my 2012 BMY R1200RT and these came standard. They were so closely balanced that no weights were needed. I know my previous 1200 RT got only 5-5.5 K on the rear. I got over 7k on the rear and love the handling. I believe it is because of the tuning of the steel bands in the tires allowing flexing and grip for the curves yet hold up well in the center for the Interstate too. I orderd another set. Good price, quick shipping. I'll be back.
February 14, 2013(Lameque, NB)
Installed a set of Z8 early last summer, l'm not an aggressive driver so, for my style of driving, very satified. Put 15000km on the rear before changing for a new one(another Z8), still have the front tire on the bike, close to 20000km on it. I experience all kind of road surface, always stable, very pleased. Will install new one in the front as well!!!
4th type of tire on 2011 R1200RT
December 18, 2012(Las Vegas, NV)
40k on the bike now. OEM's wore out at 8k, Metzeler Z6's lasted 12k, wore evenly, were stable in moderately fast corners. I'm not skilled or overly aggressive and ride easy in wet and cold. Mich PR3's wore unevenly off center and barely lasted 10k and not as stable as Z6's. Z8's rear flat topped rather quickly, fronts wore unevenly off center, with rear a little twitch on some corners, barely got 10k. Going back to Z6's for my riding style. Might try Pirelli Angels one of these times.
A Good Rear Choice
December 06, 2012(Camas, WA)
I like this tire a lot and have no problems in the wet with it. I just recently, on the way to work, rode through a huge downpour that filled the road with deep water and the bike didn't waver. Amazing! I'm on a BMW 2004 K120ORS with all the bags mounted, 5 days a week in all weather (except ice/snow of course). My biggest issue that I watch is tread life.
Z8 rear on VFR800
September 24, 2012(Cranbrook, BC)
Installed this rear on my VFR800 before our 4000 km trip in Arizona and Utah in September. Didn't notice a major change over the Z6's and the tire has squared off significantly already which I had hoped would not happen so quick. But I was two-up sport touring fairly loaded down. Hoping to get more mileage than Z6 but time will tell. Overall good tire and great price.
Back to Michelin
September 24, 2012(Elkford, BC)
I put a pair of Z8s on my FJR in the spring and did an 800km day in heavy rain. Wet traction was great. What I didn't like was how they lost their cornering feel as they wore. Got 13000 Km out them but they were completly done then. That's only a couple thousand less than the two sets of PR2s. PR2s feel good right to the end.
August 28, 2012(Winthrop , WA)
They give a soft yet responsive and stable feel to the bike. The tread design itself minimizes cupping, usually something that makes me want to buy tires prematurely. I have over 7k miles on my front tire, and no sign of premature wear. They give me the confidence to take corners with greater glee. I really like the Z8's.
Much better than the Z6 Interacs
July 31, 2012(Houston, TX)
I've been using the Z6 Interacs for the last two years and have been extremely satisfied with them. Then I tried the Z8 Interacs and they are a far better tire. Cornering is much better and overall traction appears to be superior to the Z6. Got 7000 miles on my last Z6 Rear and I hope I get that or better with the Z8.
July 06, 2012(Turlock, CA)
I ride a KTM 690 SM and recently put a set of these on for a 1400 mile road trip from Santa Cruz up through Oregon to Crater Lake and back. We went from mid 90's and sunny to low 40's with rain and snow. These are some of the better tires I have used. Very good grip at a 8-9/10ths pace in the dry and great grip in the rain when leaned WAY over! 1400 miles on these and they show little wear. In a pinch they would work well for a track day tire. Nice turn in and good edge grip, very stable!