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METZELER MOTORCYCLE TYRE - ROADTEC Z6 INTERACT

28.05.2008

PRODUCT CHARACTERISTICS

ROADTEC Z6 INTERACT represents Metzeler way of innovation. Instead of pushing on a single element of the tyre like the compound which is then subjected to wear, Metzeler established that is more effective to improve the whole tyre system. Making the tyre elements interact to the maximum level means improving the interaction between the tyre and the ground, the tyre and the bike, the tyre and the external environment. This is the key of the new INTERACT technology. ROADTEC Z6 was perfection, ROADTEC Z6 INTERACT is the evolution, the fine tuning which guarantees it to be the perfect tyre for the new generation of bikes and riders.

Structure

 The Structure represents the backbone of the product and its most critical element because it bears all stress and the strain  generated by the bike during the ride. Up to now it has been very difficult to ream stresses in order to differentiate the tyre behaviour in different areas but Metzeler technicians, working over the years on the 0° steel belt winding process, have made another huge step forward. The new winding process allows to progressively ream stresses in the different areas of the tyre; as the result, every single steel string has been designed with a pre-defined resistance to stress for a specific performance requested. As a result, we now have a real interaction between carcass and belts thanks to the modular string winding tension from zenith to the shoulder: no compound at all would allow itself this level of result. The key of performance is the entire tyre design with no discontinuity in terms of performance due to wear or to different lean angles. The number of steel strings inside the tyre guarantees an homogeneous differentiation of performances, avoiding any “step effect” typical of multi compound technology. Lower tension creates more flexibility and therefore higher energy absorption, the compound increases the temperature and in a certain sense becomes softer.

Basically we are discussing high steel belt winding tension for maximum stability in the centre of the tyre and a progressive reduction of steel belt winding tension allowing maximum agility whilst tipping in and higher flexibility for maximum grip at full lean Another important aspect which contributes to making ROADTEC Z6 INTERACT

Profile

ROADTEC Z6 INTERACT benefits from the profile of the world famous Contour Modelling Technology (CMT) that has been world wide celebrated with the ROADTEC Z6. The immediately  perceptible result for the motorcyclist is neutral and smooth handling in all manoeuvres: in agile and fast changes of trajectory, the motorcycle always remains predictable, with never anything other than total reliability in the motorcycle-system and its interaction with the road’s surface.

Tread pattern

keeps the same tread pattern of the ROADTEC Z6 adopting the same philosophy of combining the drainage and mileage characteristics but with the basic concepts that sustain the sporting vocation of the sport tyre. Linear sea/land ratio distribution on contact patch at different lean angles features excellent water drainage for smooth and homogeneous riding

ROADTEC Z6 INTERACT keeps the same tread pattern of the ROADTEC Z6 adopting the same philosophy of combining the drainage and mileage characteristics but with the basic concepts that sustain the sporting vocation of the sport tyre. Linear sea/land ratio distribution on contact patch at different lean angles features excellent water drainage for smooth and homogeneous riding.In dry conditions, the performance equilibrium that inspires the ROADTEC Z6 INTERACT in all its aspects is manifested in perfect combination between sports grip and mileage, within the logic of the use of a Sport-Touring bike. The pre-defined stress distribution all along the profile helps to keep open all the grooves even under the high load which is typical of sport touring bikes; the perfect interaction between structure and tread pattern design ensures the perfect water drainage even in the hardest conditions.

Product Benefits

The key product benefits are summarized in the following radar chart, which compares the features of the ROADTEC Z6 INTERACT with ROADTEC Z6, actual internal reference in the segment. confirms all of the outstanding features of Roadtec Z6 like Mileage enhancing to the utmost: stability, handling, total wet behavior and performance lasting till the end of the product life

120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) TL Roadtec Z6 Interact Front F
120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) TL Roadtec Z6 Interact Front F "G" 

160/60 ZR17 M/C (69W) TL Roadtec Z6 Interact R
170/60 ZR17 M/C (72W) TL Roadtec Z6 Interact R
180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W) TL Roadtec Z6 Interact R
180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W) TL Roadtec Z6 Interact R "C"
 

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