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This is a discussion on Metzeler Sportec M5 within the General Z1000/Z750 forums, part of the Kawasaki Z1000, Ninja 1000, Z750 & Z-750S category; So I was reading the latest Sport Rider the other night and ran across the new Metzeler Sportec M5 tires. From what I was reading ...

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    Metzeler Sportec M5

    So I was reading the latest Sport Rider the other night and ran across the new Metzeler Sportec M5 tires. From what I was reading it seems like they would be a great tire to try out. Supposedly they offer about 8% more contact to the ground while in a lean, while offering more control and better feel. It's a pretty nice tread pattern with the “pi” theme going on . . . I priced some out quickly this morning and are about $290 front and rear, not the cheapest. I would hope I could get more than 6K out of them but I'm assuming that wouldn't happen with a sport tire. Another little feature that's pretty neat is the “BS Indicator”, which shows the different degree angles on the tires so you know how far you've been leaning on your ride. 1-5 = 25-45 degrees of lean angle. Figured I would see what everyone else opinion on the new tires are, I know I plan on trying them out some time this summer when I need a new set.
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    I know I'm two generations behind, but in my opinion, the Sportec M1s were the best value in a performance tire for sport bikes. They wore well, lasting 6k miles on the street with four hard track days early in their life.

    They came up to temp within a lap at the track, and when they got pushed too far (too many laps too fast in the heat of the day) they slid predictably, and came back with just a short cool down.

    I took my CCS licensing clinic on a Speed Four with M1s on it. The class final was a race. I won it going away, ahead of race prep'd bikes on slicks with 30 more horsepower, mostly because I was completely comfortable with the bike and its traction and stability.

    I have to believe that the M5s would be as good or better.

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    Loved my M3's but they didn't last long. I only managed 6500km(4000mi) out of the rear. And that's no burnouts either.

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    I've never ran on Metzeler tires but my cousin swears by them so I figure since this is their new and improved it has to be a pretty good tire. Banda ~ that's good to know about the performance of their older models, can't wait to try this one out!
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    I have just gone for the Pilot Power Pure and so far, I likey. I did a track day with um and they grip like s**t. £240 fitted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 03kraz1000 View Post
    ... Another little feature that's pretty neat is the “BS Indicator”, which shows the different degree angles on the tires so you know how far you've been leaning on your ride. 1-5 = 25-45 degrees of lean angle. Figured I would see what everyone else opinion on the new tires are, I know I plan on trying them out some time this summer when I need a new set.
    Here is link for opinions regarding the lean angle marker and that elephant.

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    I have run the M3's and loved the performance they gave. Wear was normal, didnt last any longer or shorter than any others.

    The M5 will probably do the same. I am looking into it as my next rear.
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    I love my Metzeler's..
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    I have used Metzlers pretty much since 96 on all my bikes, cant wait for the new M5's to come out - not that there is anything wrong with the M3's.

    They last well (for a sport tyre, IMHO) and even handle the weight of my ZRX as well. Steering is a bit quicker then the M1's, but I agree they were a great value tyre - especially when the M3 came out and they dropped the price. Lets hope they do that with the M3

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