Rider amazed by modern tyres
After having 20 years off from biking to have children and buy a house I must say that my return to biking has been a bit of a shock. Firstly the bikes seem to be more stable and rideable but secondly it’s the tyres.
The tyres these days are amazing. They grip like grippy things and they are stupidly cheap. In the Nineties if I wanted a set of tyres that actually gripped the road I would have to spend the best part of a month’s wages and then you still couldn’t use them in the wet and they would only last about 1000 miles.
Now you can get a really good set for £300 that are good in the wet and last 6000 miles. Even the tyres that came with my new bike were better than the ones we used to get back then. I recently bought some road pilots after having them recommended by my bike dealer. They are amazing and have completely changed the handling of the bike and I laugh at rainy days now instead of heading out with fear in my heart. I do laugh at others who moan about lack of grip in modern tyres. Matt Hoyle Email
We totally agree with your point, Matt. The tyres these days are astonishingly good and for comparatively little money you’ll have rubber underneath you that’s a technical marvel. The best bit about it too is that we now have great tyres, specifically developed for every single sector of motorcycling.TC