Metzeler Sportec M5 Interact Tyre Overview
The German tyre manufacturer, Metzeler, is famed to produce top-notch motorcycle tyres. It is one of the oldest and one of the most respected two-wheeler tyre manufacturers in the world. The company was founded back in 1863 and initially made all kinds of tyres from bicycles to automobiles. However, 1979 was the year when it finally became more committed to making tyres for two-wheelers. In 1986 Metzeler was acquired by Pirelli and is currently headquartered in Milan, Italy. Needless to say, a lot goes into developing Metzelers with the prowess of Pirelli. In India, Metzeler got widespread praise from the masses after it was made available with the smash-hit KTM Duke 390 when it was launched. And, we are going to talk about the same tyre that was made available in the Duke 390, which goes by the name of Metzeler Sportec M5 Interact.
Metzeler Sportec M5 Interact Tyre Compound
The M5 Interact uses a very smart mix of the rubber compound for the tyre. Since the tyre is meant for sports motorcycles, the tyre has to keep note of both straight-line acceleration and high-speed cornering. For this purpose, the M5 Interact gets a hard compound for the central part of the tyre to optimize straight line acceleration and also the mileage. On the other hand, the shoulder part of the tyre composes of a softer compound to offer maximum levels of grip during cornering. The tyre also uses a balanced silica and carbon black mixture to aid in quick warm-up and better wet-weather handling.
Metzeler Sportec M5 Interact Tyre Construction
The M5 Interact is a radial type tyre with a tread pattern optimised to enhance road grip and high-speed handling. The tyre gets a “Greek π” tread pattern, which aids in effective water expulsion even on high lean angles. The deep channels on the tyre’s ‘slick-tyre-like’ tread aid in better grip under wet conditions. It uses Metzeler’s trademark “Interact” technology, which employs a variable steel string winding tension with 5-zones designed to deliver different grip levels for different surfaces and riding characteristics. The high tension makes sure that the tyre compound stays in place, whereas the low tension zone (between edge and crown) creates more flexibility along with increased energy absorption. Then there’s the area of even higher tension (edges) to make sure maximum and uniform pressure of the contact patch.
Metzeler Sportec M5 Interact Tyre Performance
The Sportec M5 Interact is a high-performance street tyre and is ideal for supersport and sports motorcycle. However, it can also be used in entry-level performance bikes such as the KTM Duke, Kawasaki Ninja 300, and others. The enhanced combination of silica and carbon black allows the tyre to get ready for the business within no time and offer superior grip. The 5-zone tension areas from one shoulder edge to the other helps the M5 Interact deal with varying riding angles and conditions.
The central crown is made of a harder high tension compound and offers straight-line stability along with the desired mileage. Tilt the bike to any of the direction and the softer low tension compound kicks in to offer maximum grip while cornering. The edges again are made of high tension compound so as to offer strength to the edges and prevent them from collapsing during steeper lean angle. The tyre has loads of grip and offers shorter braking distance even while high-speed cornering. It also improves the acceleration and cornering speeds of the motorcycle it’s been fitted to. Therefore, it is safe to say that the Metzeler Sportec M5 Interact is an impressive track tyre as well.
Metzeler Sportec M5 Interact Tyre Available Sizes
Here’s a detailed chart of the available front and rear tyre sizes in India:
|Metzeler M5 Interact Front Tyre||Metzeler M5 Interact Rear Tyre|
|120/70 ZR 17 M/C (58W) TL||200/50 ZR 17 M/C (75W) TL|
|110/70 ZR 17 M/C 54W TL||190/50 ZR 17 M/C (73W) TL|
|110/70 R 17 M/C 54H TL||190/55 ZR 17 M/C (75W) TL|
|–||180/55 ZR 17 M/C (73W) TL|
|–||160/60 ZR 17 M/C (69W) TL|
|–||150/60 ZR 17 M/C 66W TL|
|–||150/60 R 17 M/C 66H TL|
Metzeler Sportec M5 Interact Tyre Price
A wide availability of front and rear tyre sizes gives the buyer an opportunity to choose an ideal size for their beloved motorcycles. The Metzeler M5 Interact is available at a base price of Rs 5,000* to Rs 19,000* for the largest size.
*Prices are subject to change
Metzeler Sportec M5 Interact Tyre Fuel Efficiency
Thanks to a stiffer compound present on the crown of the M5 Interact, the fuel efficiency of the tyre is quite impressive. However, while cornering the softer compound enables maximum grip and the fuel efficiency figures drop drastically. But, since the Metzeler M5 Interact is a high-performance tyre, it is not justified to expect exceptional mileage figures such as from a street focused tyre.
Metzeler Sportec M5 Interact Tyre Warranty
The M5 Interact is available with a 4-year standard manufacturer warranty. The warranty agreement covers replacement in case of any faults arising due to workmanship and manufacturing defects.
Metzeler Sportec M5 Interact Tyre Speed Rating
The M5 Interact is available with ‘H’ and ‘W’ speed rating, which means the tyres can safely operate at 210 kmph and 270 kmph, respectively, at the maximum permissible loads. These are very impressive ratings and a clear indicator of the performance these tyres are capable of.
Metzeler Sportec M5 Interact Tyre Competitors
The German motorcycle tyre is stacked against Michelin Road 5, Pirelli Diablo Rosso III and Continental Sport Attack 3. All of these tyres are worthy competitors, however, have certain pros and cons over each other.
Metzeler Sportec M5 Interact Tyre Vehicle Compatibility
Here’s a table listing some of the premium motorcycles compatible with the Metzeler M5 Interact:
The M5 Interact is a very capable tyre, both on the street and on the racetrack. The tyre provides increased stability in a straight line while making sure that the motorcycle doesn’t compromise on fuel efficiency. The tyre also provides tremendous confidence while cornering, enabling the rider to attack the corners at increased speed with every lap. However, the soft compound of the tyre does restrict its life and it burns out pretty quickly compared to the majority of other offerings in the segment. Nevertheless, when it comes to outright performance and grip there are a very limited number of tyres that can challenge the M5 Interact.