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The bike

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

Tester’s notes

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.

Blind test

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.

Even in chilly con­di­tions, sports-tour­ing rubber should give cor­ner­ing con­fi­dence

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