TIRE BUYER'S GUIDE
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While you might think that all off-road tires are basically the same, the fact of the matter is that they are not. When we refer to off road tires we are talking about any motorcycle tire intended for use on unpaved terrain. These will range from DOT-approved, street legal dual sport tires to purpose-built motocross-style knobbies. They will all feature unique tread designs and different compounds developed to work best under relatively specific riding conditions. That gives consumers a plethora of choices and unless you have some idea what you're looking for and what each type of tire is intended to do, the task can be daunting.
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Motorcycle Superstore is your two-wheel destination for all things motorcycle tires. Here you'll find a wide assortment from street to dirt. One of the most overlooked components of the bike, your tires play a significant role in handling and stability. If your tread is low or your rubber resembles a drag slick, then it is probably time to replace and upgrade. There are many different tires on the market, and finding the right one for your riding style and bike can be difficult. Below are a few guidelines to help you shop for the perfect set of motorcycle tires.
Sportbike Tires- Sportbike tires are made for aggressive riders who have the need for speed. Designed to work for both street and track days, these tires can get low and go fast, all while providing excellent grip and feel.
Sport Touring- These tires are perfect for riders who spend most of their time on the back roads and old highways. With great traction in both wet and dry conditions, sport touring tires are extremely versatile.
Adventure Touring Tires- For the adventurous type, these tires will help take you any where on the map. Touring tires work great on the street, and can hold their own on fire roads and light off-roading. With more of a knobby style side tread, these tires will hook up well in the dirt or gravel, but provide a smooth ride on smoother surfaces.
Dual Sport Tires- If your riding takes you off the road more than on the road, dual sport tires are perfect for you. With full-fledged knobbies, these will take you up any mountain or trail and get you back on the road and headed home.
Motocross Tires- Ready for the track or trail, dirt bike and motocross tires are perfect for the all off-road rider. Whether you are into nasty single track, or into airing tables, a fresh motocross tire will dig in and hook up.
As you may know, motorcycle tires come in many different styles and brands. Dunlop, Bridgestone, Pirelli, Metzeler, and Michelin offer a large variety of tires to fit every type of rider. If you ride in wet and cold conditions, or ride in the sand, you'll find fine-tuned models right here. Our comprehensive Tire Buyer's Guide will help you decide which is best for you and your bike. Be sure to use our tire finder to see what fits your exact bike. And always feel free to give our friendly tire experts a call.
John (Lancaster )
My KlR 650 had these on when I got it, they had about 100 miles on them. After 2000 miles the rear tire was bald. I ride easy, shift at 3500 to 4000 rpm, never accelerate hard, and run the posted speed limit. I will say they are great handling tires, wet or dry. Never worried about performance with them, just did not wear well.
Jerry (central point )
I bought two of these gauges; a low pressure one for my dirt bikes and a higher pressure one for my street bikes. The higher pressure one won't work on my KTM 1190 Adventure because it won't fit through the spokes to get to the valve stem. The lower pressure gauge is hard to seal against the valve stem - without leaking air - when I try to measure the air pressure in my dirt bike tires. Each time I try to measure the air pressure, I end up losing a pound or two of air pressure. Haven't had that problem with longer gauges.
Dominick (Lexington )
It speaks for itself. It's given me more confidence in curve riding.
Jack (San Francisco )
Very solid choice for street riding and an occasional track day. I don't keep a second set of rims with dedicated track tires, so I need something that performs best with street conditions - I ride daily. These tires do very well in all street conditions: wet, dry, hot, cold. That being said, these are not tires for someone who only goes to the track. They are acceptable on the track if you adjust your pressure, but you won't get the best lap times. On the plus side, you will get several more laps out of these than the full on track tires.
Carlos H (Kernersville )
These the stock tires that came with my bike and these are the ones I'm sticking with. They are so good and instill confidence in my abilities and allow me to push the envelope a little bit more every time I ride.
Ciro (Newburgh )
This is the second time I selected this tire. It's everything as advertised. Gives you confidence and decent miles. Cant beat it on the street.