Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Hillsborough, NC, USA
Over the last year I have had the Metz Z6 Interact from summer thru fall 09., The Michelin Pilot Rd 2s changed to them November, second set May, and Dunlop Q2s July and then again this week.. For the most part, same riding, route, and load
Quick overview. Metz Z6s.. slightly longer wearing in the front, about 13,000 miles, rear usually right at 10,000. They tend to wear to the left of center, and have pull to right that can be balanced by wt in the left bag. Great straight line over than that. Steering a bit heavy. Best price for set was usually about 285. Where rear is in the last 1000 miles it develops this real funky profile shape. The tire wear indicators do a great and accurate job of showing wear. When any of them get to the surface, you have about 500 miles left before metal shows;. You are to change them at that point.
Michelin PRs Front develops wear pattern that buzzes at 4,000 but remains pretty constant after that. not intrusive into ride of bike. In my few sets, the rear made it to 11,000 miles and had a bit more tread left than the front. Nice that they do wear out as a set. The best tire to run straight. easy to put a little wt in left bag and have no pull to right. Great profile wear over the life of the tire. Tends to want to flop into turns, esp at slower speeds. Best Price for set 261
Dunlop Q2s, Give the bike a wonderful very neutral steering feel. Best of the lot. The pull to the right is there but can be balanced out. Good wear across profile wise but not as great at the Michelin. Was getting somewhat flat in center towards end Set changed at 6000 miles (included two track days). Best price 209 for the set.
I want to try the Avon Ultra Storms but liked the Dunlops so much I bought another set.
................... wear .... handling ....... pull 2 rt ......... profile at end ........ price/set
Metzler Z6 ..10,000m..heavy but gr8 straight...very noticeable....worn to left, funky.... 285
Michelin PR2.... 11,000 m.....,falls into turns.....not much.....rear Great, Frt buzzy .... 261
Dunlop Q2s... 6,000m.... wonderfully neutral ....noticeable.....rear squares off some... 209
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