TYRES TESTED ON THE TRACER
DUNLOP D222 (OE) £353.96 (DEALER PRICE) Harsh, brittle, slow to warm up and they make the front-end’s tendency to skip over mid-corner bumps even more pronounced. A generation (or two) behind the best options in the sports touring market. BRIDGESTONE T30 EVO £217 (MAIL ORDER) These were an instantly noticeable and massive improvement over the standard tyres. Excellent wet weather confidence, quick to warm up and lasted well. Rear squared at 4000 miles. MICHELIN PILOT ROAD 4 £237 (MAIL ORDER) The Pilot Road 4 gave similar levels of confidence in the wet and the dry as the Bridgestones, but the ride was more supple. Their ability to slice through the wet on freezing winter roads was spooky. METZELER Z8 INTERACT £219 (MAIL ORDER) Despite not being the latest generation, the Z8 Interact acquitted itself very well and was still leagues better than the original fitment rubber. Unfortunately the bike was returned before I had a chance to test the longevity.