Option 2: With so many choices out there it can be confusing when it comes time to choose the right tire for your motorcycle so here are a few tips to help you make the right choice. First you need to define what type of motorcycle riding you plan to do and set a budget. Be advised that tire selection is often about compromise. Take note of the recommended OEM size and recommended fitment which will help guide your decision. Harley-Davidson, metric cruisers and touring motorcycles utilize tires that are designed to handle the heavy weights associated with bikes intended to rack up long days in the saddle. The major differences will be in the wet-weather performance, durability of the rubber and in some cases, appearance. More options start coming into play with the sport motorcycle tires. The decisions made here are all about compromise: The sticky tires don’t last as long but the durable tires don’t offer the same levels of traction. Although the differences are marginal in most cases the peace of mind is critical to all riders so if you plan to spend weekends strafing canyons and commuting to work then you do not need the softest compound race tire for your bike. If you are heading to a track day, then a sticky tire can be the difference between a memorable day at the track, or a weekend of replacing damaged bodywork before your significant other finds out what you did. Looking at the dirtier side of the equation you have adventure touring, dual sport and off-road motorcycles. All three of these segments utilize a form of knobby tires. On the extreme end of the spectrum is the motocross or off-road tires. Dirt bikes need traction and the general rule is to talk to your local riding buddies or reputable shop in order to find out what tires work best in your riding areas. Dualies and ADV bikes split time on- and off-road so you have to find an equation or compromise that suits your needs. If you ride much more on the street then you will have less aggressive knobby than someone that rides off-road and only uses their street-legal bike to get to the dirty fun spot. No matter what you ride remember this: Traction and durability cost money so when the rubber meets the road, what is most important to you?