When I rang Two Wheels Tyres in Blacksoil earlier this week I asked about Pilot Road 2s, and they had the rear I needed but were waiting on a delivery for the front. I waited until today (Friday) and rang again... and the fronts were in but they'd sold 3 rears today and were out of those. Not their fault, and I find them excellent, but the tyres were seriously illegal, to the point of looking like slicks, so I needed tyres ASAP. They had quite a range, from Bridgestone BT-021s to Pirelli Stradas to Dunlop Roadsmarts. Jeff there suggested Metzeler Z6s, and after a bit of a Google and a read I thought that made sense. The set (120/70 front and 180/55 rear) was $475 fitted, which they did while I waited, and the service was excellent. They said "Go easy for the first 100 or 150 km - we mechanically scrub them in but the mold wax melts out of the tyres for a while". Hadn't heard that before but it makes sense, so I'm going a bit easy. I'll post an update to this review once I've had a chance to get a bit more willing with it. (And perhaps also after I get a chance to try them in the wet - no sign of rain in the forecast for a while though.) The tyres I had on it were BT-054s, which I believe are really more of a touring than a sports-touring tyre. They'd done an adequate job, but were extremely tired, and probably pretty old: I got the bike with them on it at 46,000 km and it's about to tick over 63,000, so they've certainly served well in terms of wear. I used to run them at 32 both ends, but on advice from here had started to do 36 on the back and 34 on the front for improved wear. Not sure whether I'll continue that with the new ones, though, since the roads are pretty rough around here and that made the ride fairly harsh. Think I might suck up the extra wear for comfort and grip and run these at 32, but I'm very happy to hear dissenting opinions. Most of the models I'd considered were dual (or triple) compound. The Z6 Interact takes a different tack: it's all the same compound, but uses more steel belt near the centre of the tyre for more stiffness, less flex and therefore less heat and wear, and less belts at the edges for more flex and more heating/grip. Guess I'll see how that pans out, but Metzeler claims it avoids a 'bump' effect between the two compounds of a dual compound tyre. As I said, going pretty easy at the moment, but already it's quite noticeable that the ride is less harsh (which might be partly down to pressure but I don't think is entirely), and it tips into corners more willingly, feels more planted and tracks better over bumps. So, I'm pretty happy for a start, and will report in as more info becomes available.