SPORTS TOURING TYRES
We take them for granted, but these do-anything tyres are hardly run-of-the-mill
Sports touring tyres have an incredibly tough job. They have to suit all types of machine, from 200bhp superbikes to lightweight commuters and heavyweight tourers, give confidence in temperatures as low as 5°C, cut through the heaviest rain, give excellent grip on dry roads, and provide a sporty steering characteristic while remaining stable. On top of all that, they’ve got to give thousands of miles of life, too.
Logic suggests that creating a product to achieve all this would be impossible, as the soft compounds needed to generate feel and confidence in cold, wet conditions are the very same compounds that can be easily overheated in warm, dry, high-mileage situations.
But in recent years all the leading manufacturers have now created products to give British riders the ideal solution for all types of road riding, which is why sports touring tyres represent the majority of all motorcycle rubber sold in the UK.
Metzeler currently lead this segment, the Roadtec 01 taking top honours in MCN’S sports touring tyre test last year. Technical boss Salvatore Pennisi gives us an insight into achieving the impossible.
Who knew there was so much science in rubber? ? 4 2 1 3
Testing and Technical Relation Director for Pirelli/metzeler