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Tire Buyers Guide

On a motorcycle, every critical element of control is dependent on two things: Your motorcycle tires. Specifically, the two contact patches that engage whatever surface you are riding on. These two contact patches provide the traction necessary for acceleration, deceleration and changes in direction. We understand this is stating something very obvious to most riders, but the fact remains that most of us tend to take tires for granted. On that note, this tire guide is intended to help you understand a little more about tire maintenance, construction and most importantly, proper tire selection.
Tire Buyers Guide

FEATURED MOTORCYCLE TIRES

Michelin
Pilot Road 4 Rear Tire
$270.95 - $330.95
$174.41 - $213.17
You save up to $117.78 (36%)
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Michelin Pilot Road 4 Rear TireSuperior wet-weather performance: Stops 17% shorter than the leading sport-touring tire competitors on wet pavement and 24% shorter on slippery wet surfaces** Last longe...
Michelin
Pilot Road 4 Front Tire
$223.95 - $228.95
$142.79 - $145.99
You save up to $82.96 (36%)
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Michelin Pilot Road 4 Front TireSuperior wet-weather performance: Stops 17% shorter than the leading sport-touring tire competitors on wet pavement and 24% shorter on slippery wet surfaces** Last long...
Dunlop
Sportmax Q3 Rear Tire
$204.95 - $290.95
$133.99 - $182.99
You save up to $107.96 (37%)
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Dunlop Sportmax Q3 Rear Tire Carbon Fiber Technology (CFT) incorporates a carbon fiber reinforcement element in the Sportmax Q3 tire sidewalls. The many attributes of carbon fiber allow for high tensi...
Dunlop
Sportmax Q3 Front Tire
$165.95 - $170.95
$106.99 - $112.19
You save up to $58.76 (34%)
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Dunlop Sportmax Q3 Front Tire Carbon Fiber Technology (CFT) incorporates a carbon fiber reinforcement element in the Sportmax Q3 tire sidewalls. The many attributes of carbon fiber allow for high ten...
Dunlop
D402 Harley-Davidson Blackwall Rear Tire
$225.58 - $234.60
$145.99 - $149.99
You save up to $84.61 (36%)
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Dunlop D402 Harley-Davidson Blackwall Rear Tire For more than 3 decades Dunlop has provided tires for Harley-Davidson motorcycles. More importantly, these tires help Harley riders enjoy their motorcy...
Dunlop
D402 Harley-Davidson Blackwall Front Tire
$161.50 - $191.80
$104.99 - $124.99
You save up to $66.81 (35%)
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Dunlop D402 Harley-Davidson Blackwall Front Tire Engineered and tested with Harley-Davidson to provide maximum performance 3-ply polyester casing with 2 fiberglass belts for greater load-carrying cap...
Michelin
Commander II Cruiser Rear Tire
$194.95 - $345.95
$123.36 - $217.21
You save up to $128.74 (37%)
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Michelin Commander II Cruiser Rear Tire The Michelin Commander II tire combines a great brand with an excellent product that exceeds cruiser segment expectations. The Commander II provides unmatched l...
Michelin
Commander II Cruiser Front Tire
$156.95 - $268.95
$99.99 - $169.29
You save up to $99.66 (37%)
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Michelin Commander II Cruiser Front Tire The Michelin Commander II tire combines a great brand with an excellent product that exceeds cruiser segment expectations. The Commander II provides unmatched ...
Dunlop
MX52 Geomax Rear Tire
$51.88 - $149.25
$33.49 - $95.99
You save up to $53.26 (36%)
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Dunlop MX52 Geomax Rear TireProgressive Cornering Block Technology: A block-within-a-block design that offers more progressive cornering action and aids in slide control Staggered distribution of cent...
Dunlop
MX52 Geomax Front Tire
$37.73 - $123.92
$23.95 - $79.49
You save up to $44.43 (36%)
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Dunlop MX52 Geomax Front TireDerived from top-level AMA Supercross and Motocross racing New Dunlop-patented block-within-a-block knobs offer more progressive cornering action Enhanced handling and kno...
Bridgestone
M404 Intermediate Rear Tire
$64.99 - $178.99
$35.99 - $99.99
You save up to $79.00 (44%)
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Bridgestone M404 Intermediate Rear Tire The tire that has been dominating the Supercross/Motocross circuits on all major factory teams is now available to you! The all new intermediate terrain M404 Re...
Bridgestone
M403 Intermediate Front Tire
$80.99 - $143.99
$45.99 - $81.99
You save up to $62.00 (43%)
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Bridgestone M403 Intermediate Front Tire The tire that has been dominating the Supercross/Motocross circuits on all major factory teams is now available to you! The all new intermediate terrain M403 R...
Pirelli
Diablo Rosso II Rear Tire
$184.90 - $272.90
$124.31 - $181.50
You save up to $91.40 (33%)
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Pirelli Diablo Rosso II Rear Tire Pirelli is setting the new standard with the Diablo Rosso II rear motorcycle tire. New and updated features give this tire excellent grip, great mileage and confidenc...
Pirelli
Diablo Rosso II Front Tire
$149.80 - $163.80
$99.83 - $109.99
You save up to $53.81 (33%)
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Pirelli Diablo Rosso II Front Tire Pirelli is setting the new standard with the Diablo Rosso 2 front motorcycle tire. New and updated features give this tire excellent grip, great mileage and confiden...
Shinko
230 Tour Master Rear Tire
$92.95 - $121.95
$71.39 - $87.99
You save up to $33.96 (28%)
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Shinko 230 Tour Master Rear Tire Designed for long distance, high speed riding Aramid belted Staggered tread design offers a quiet ride with excellent handling Tubeless, 4-ply design V-rated for spee...
Shinko
230 Tour Master Front Tire
$64.95 - $124.95
$49.92 - $89.99
You save up to $34.96 (28%)
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Shinko 230 Tour Master Front Tire Designed for long distance, high speed riding Aramid belted Staggered tread design offers a quiet ride with excellent handling Tubeless, 4-ply design V-rated for spe...

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. 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.

Product Recommendations

Latest Reviews - Motorcycle Tire

Kenneth (Dermott)

Stability
Cornering
Dry Traction
Wet Traction
Tread life

Shinko tourmaster front tire

This tire was not intended for the 2005 Kawasaki Concours zg1000. There are some modifications that will have to be made for it to fit. You must remove the front fender (don't do it). The tire made my bike bounce up and down over speeds of 40 mph. It was like it was out of round. However, I used the shinko tourmaster 230 on the rear and have no problems with it!

Mike (Penn Valley)

Stability
Cornering
Dry Traction
Wet Traction
Tread life

Expected them to last longer

I put the Angel GTs on my FJR1300 and was really pleased with the handling on dry pavement. I can't say how they work in the wet. However the rear was worn out at 4,800 miles and the front might have gone another 1,000. So I would have to say that the tread life is only average (for me). Just replaced the Angels with Avon Storm 2s, I'll let you know in a few months how they work out.

James (Rushford, NY)

Stability
Cornering
Dry Traction
Wet Traction
Tread life

Great grip, poor life span

I have these tires on my KTM 525. They offer excellent grip in both wet and dry weather, and never slip. Unfortunately, the rear tire is shot after 1800 miles. The front looks brand new after the same distance. I definitely did not get the life out of the rear tire that was suggested by previous reviews.

Marty (Seattle)

Fit
Finish
Durability
Features
Cost Benefit

Michelin TR-4 Tubes

It pays to buy high quality inner tubes since there are so many crappy ones out these days where the valve stem just blows off. Definitely not worth being stuck alongside the road to save a couple bucks on the cheapos. I use these for my vintage BMW R90S which requires tubes. I've tried the Heavy Duty ones in the past but they are just too big and heavy for a road bike, probably suited for dirt bikes.

Nate (Brimfield)

Stability
Cornering
Dry Traction
Wet Traction
Tread life

Pirelli gets the trophy

I have the Angels on all 4 of my bikes. On my 3rd set with my C14. Feel great all through the tire life.

Jay (Roanoke)

Stability
Cornering
Dry Traction
Wet Traction
Tread life

Great tire

I replaced the OEM PRC's on my Aprilia Tuono V4 (two rears and one front in 3K miles) with a T30 rear and S20 front. The bike immediately felt like it lost 50lbs! Steering is light and very linear, even when trail-braking. Grip, warm-up, feedback, and stability on the street is excellent. I run 33F, 36R, and at 1.5K its starting to show a bit of wear. Probably 3-3.5K out of the rear, which is good considering the bike and my riding style. Oh, and they required no weights to balance.

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