HOW WE DID IT SPORTS-TOURING RESULTS
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Model 2015 BMW R1200RS ‘Rain’ mode throttle, TC, ABS and semi-active suspension (solo rider) Rim sizes 3.50 x 17 front, 5.50 x 17 rear All tyres 120/70 x 17 front, 180/55 x 17 rear Recommended cold tyre pressures 36psi front, 42psi rear
Date February 28, 2016 Rider Michael Neeves, MCN Senior Road Tester Location Alcaniz, Spain Test route 17.5 miles Air temp 10°C – 13°C Road temp 6°C – 16°C Conditions Variable. Patchy dry/ wet, cold and windy – snow on the side of roads.
All tyres are hidden in (unplugged) tyre warmers before the test begins. The tyres are new, unscrubbed and cold. Each tyre is tested on a 17.5-mile road route around Alcaniz, Spain that takes in smooth and broken tarmac, dry and wet sections, fast sweepers, slow corners and roundabouts – just about everything you’ll experience during normal riding. Each set of tyres undergoes a 15-point assessment with scores out of 10 given to more road-relevant tyre performance: warm-up time, shimmy (bar shake off the throttle), ride quality, handling lightness, steering consistency, tyre neutrality, stand-up on the brakes, ease of use, stability, bump absorption, tyre deformation feeling, handlebar kick back (generated from rear tyre), contact feeling, cold grip and hot grip.