Only 5,000 miles on what model Metzler? I've cranked almost 10,000 miles on these MEz4's... they've lasted and they stick...the front showing minimal wear, especially for this many miles. And, the rear is just now becoming questionable. The MEz4' are the equivilant to the Michelin 90X and the newer version, the 100X's. I don't baby these tires if'n ya catch my drift. They've been smoked quite abit under hard accelleration and have enjoyed a few "light" burnouts, too. The reason I made the comment about the MEz3 on the front is that they are a bit stickier than the MEz4 and would promote more confidence in a deeper corner than the harder compound MEz4 that I have on there now, albeit, a wear compromise I am willing to make since the front isn't subjected to the torque stress the rear tire is. Yeah, the Metzler tires are more expensive than the Dunlops and Bridgestones, but, I know that with this many miles and the wear and tear that I know that they've been under, I believe that its been worth the small extra cash that I paid for 'em. I've been wondering if those 020's that have been a consideration of mine would last and stick like these MEz4's. And, I wonder if they'd make the bike feel more 'flickable'.