XR’S TRIPLE TYRE TEST
Andy tries three rubber options for the BMW
The BMW S1000XR has recently been treated to a new set of tyres as I wanted to try something different after being forced to remove the Dunlop Roadsmart IIIS only part of the way through their life.
The Dunlops had plenty of miles left in them and I was just starting to give them a thorough test, but following some engine work an inspection bolt worked loose and most of the engine oil leaked out and coated the tread. As the tyres couldn’t be cleaned up properly they had to go in the bin.
So far the XR has been through three sets of tyres: two available as original options from BMW in the form of the Bridgestone T30 (£219, mail order before fitting) and the Pirelli Diablo Rosso II (£211). Both were more than good enough, offering plenty of grip in wet and dry.
I was left with no option but to fit the Pirellis as they were the only ones available from the dealer who was fixing the bike after the oil leak and because I only had three days’ notice before a planned ride over to Bavaria in Germany.
The Pirellis replaced the Dunlop Roadsmart IIIS which were an excellent upgrade over the original Bridgestone T30s, with the Dunlops feeling more pliant and offering amazing dry and wet weather grip. I was sad to see them finished off after being soaked in oil and I’m sure they would still be wearing well given how little impact 1000 miles had shown before they were binned.
Following my trip, I returned to the UK with more than 2500 miles added to the XR’S odometer. The Pirellis were still in good shape but I opted to get something new fitted in order to offer XR owners some information on the range of tyre options available.
I opted for a set of Metezler Roadtec 01s (£239), which are a match for the mighty Dunlop Roadsmart IIIS (£215). They warm up quickly, dry grip is stunning, wet grip is almost spooky and they suit the bike brilliantly. With nearly 1500 miles on them already, they still look like new. The bike needs a service next week now the mileage has almost hit 6000.
Ruined: oil-drenched Roadsmarts Fast warm-up from the Roadtec 01s Bridgestone T30s are the original fitment on the XR