TIRE BUYER'S GUIDE
HOW TO: CHANGE A DIRT TIRE
PIRELLI: DIABLO ROSSO II SET
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.
Firehawk (Indianapolis )
Nice heavy tube, no leaks. Will buy again if/when needed.
steve (canandaigua )
I upgraded my 2003 Rc-51 and my wife's 2010 Ninja 250 to the Rosso II sets and have been nothing but loving these tires ever since. I would highly recommend these tires to any rider for street and some track riding!
Dennis (Staples )
I mount my own tires - I should have had this years ago!
Ray (Allenstown )
The bike handles better than I thought it could. The FJR's are quite a heavy sport touring bike but the tires grip so well it feels much lighter. This is the first set I have owned and I don't have many miles on them so I don't know about the long haul but so far I'm very satisfied.
John (Minneapolis )
I installed a set of Shinko Tourmaster 230's on my 81 Honda CX500. The old CX is my regular commuter. I travel between the Twin Cities and central Minnesota three days per week, about 300 miles per day, and commute somewhat shorter distances, and tour the upper midwest, the remainder of the time. I average about 15k miles per year. These tires now have about 11,000 miles of use this season. The front shows normal evidence of cupping, but it is very modest. I would estimate the front could run for another 4 to 5k. The zig-zag siping in the middle of the rear is still visible, but nearly gone. The tire squared off somewhat at about 5k, but still turns nicely. All things considered, this is an excellent tire. It is very grippy on dry pavement, and has even survived many miles of country dirt roads. My commute is in rain or shine, and I have generally found the wet traction to be very good. The 230's have substantially exceeded my expectations, and have performed better than a variety of old Dunlops. I consider 11k the outer limit for most touring tires, and these have certainly taken me to that limit. The only improvement would come from a dual compound tire, but for the price and performance I have had, I am very pleased with their performance.
John (North Platte )
I am very, very pleased and impressed with these tires. I have an old Goldwing and didn't want to spend a fortune and bought these after reading the reviews and I am impressed. It drives SO MUCH BETTER than with the Bridgestone tires! I couldn't believe how easily they mounted and how good they drive. I can't find a thing wrong with them yet, I don't know how far they they will go but as long as they keep driving like this I will be happy and will buy this brand again. I should have bought the heavy duty ones but these are definitely worth the money especially when compared to the competition. I got them in 3 days too!