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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

Gary (Lakeville)

Stability
Cornering
Dry Traction
Wet Traction
Tread life

Great value

Ran a set of these on my 08 KTM 990 Adventure for a trip out west. They rode and handled very well. I load up pretty heavy for traveling. 45L Touratech panniers and a KTM 46L top case full of food, water, spares, gear, etc.. Tires cornered briskly and predictably thru the twisties in CO and UT. Front went about 15K and I ended up going thru 2 rears which is reasonable mileage! Profile of the front tire that makes it handle on the road so well makes it a handful in sand! All in all a really good tire if you keep it where it belongs!

M Myers (Moseley)

Stability
Cornering
Dry Traction
Wet Traction
Tread life

Great price great tire

Got a rear tire for my Vulcan 900 LT last summer. The price pulled me in but the performance will get me to buy again. Have about 3,500 miles on it and have very little wear. Been in one frog strangler of a rain storm with no issue. Will buy again.

Jeremiah (Houston)

Stability
Cornering
Dry Traction
Wet Traction
Tread life

Performance A++++

One of the best tires I've rode on. They are very nimble and sticky. Heating time is quick and spreads across the whole tires. I have great confidence with these tires when going into corners. I have only had these for a few days and love them.

STEVE (NORTH PLATTE)

Stability
Cornering
Dry Traction
Wet Traction
Tread life

DUNLOP Q3

I installed the Q3 tires on a 2006 yamaha R1. The first ride on the Q3 tires was impressive, superior cornering and stable tracking. I recommend this tire to anyone considering a track and road combo.

kent (mason city)

Stability
Cornering
Dry Traction
Wet Traction
Tread life

pirelli tires

I am ordering another set of GT's. I have got about 12,000 miles out of them and they are great on the curves but here in Illinois we don't get to practice it very often. They seem to start cupping at about 8,000 miles but it doesn't get bad until about 10,000.

max (Greeley)

Stability
Cornering
Dry Traction
Wet Traction
Tread life

Avon Storm

This is the second Avon Storm I have installed. Great tire. Long tread life- over 20,000 miles. I had to check that three times, but yes, that many miles. The old Avon Storm rear had 15,000 when I replaced it. The new rear currently has almost 10k. I mostly commute but am aggressive accelerating and braking. Great product!

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