Rider amazed by mod­ern tyres

Motorcycle Monthly - - Have Your Say -

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

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