Q My Honda FMX650 needs road rub­ber

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

I have a Honda FMX650 and I am look­ing to fit new tyres. Could you rec­om­mend a good road-based tyre for my bike that offers good grip with rea­son­able tyre life. Arthur Brown, email

An­swered by Bryn Phillips, Cam­brian Tyres The sizes used on the FMX650 are 120/70R17 front and 150/60R17 rear, and be­cause the rear size is only fit­ted on sports­bikes or su­per­mo­tos the choice of tyres with a more durable tread life is a lit­tle lim­ited. How­ever, the lat­est gen­er­a­tion sports tyre, such as the Con­ti­nen­tal Sport At­tack 3, Met­zeler M7RR or Bridge­stone S21 have good dura­bil­ity for tyres of this type and this is al­lied to high lev­els of per­for­mance. But be­cause th­ese are the most up-to­date tyres, they are also to­wards the top end of the price range. But there is an­other way to bal­ance the per­for­mance/mileage/cost is­sue. Bridge­stone’s BT-016 Pro (a pre­de­ces­sor to their S21) is avail­able at a much cheaper price. It has a du­al­com­pound tread en­sur­ing increased grip in cor­ners and, whilst it might not last quite as long as the other tyres men­tioned above, the re­duced cost must make it a se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion.

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