2. SPECIAL WINTER TYRE TEST
Our six favourite winter tyres
Modern-day sports touring tyres are best for winter riding. They’re made with special silica compounds that give grip and confidence at very low temperatures, on all kinds of road surfaces, from tarmac to concrete and even painted road markings.
Sports touring rubber is cut with fat tread grooves, to disperse water at speed and stop you aquaplaning. But best of all, the current crop of sports touring tyres can also be used all year round, on everything from naked bikes to tourers and superbikes.
Don’t let price be the overriding factor when you’re buying tyres. Do some research and always buy the latest-generation. The great thing about tyres is when a manufacturer comes out with a new product, it’ll offer an improvement in grip, durability, warm-up and stability. Tyre technology gallops ahead at a rapid pace and never goes backwards. We blind tested these tyres earlier in the year on a 2015 BMW R1200RS.