We have never had it so good. No matter what you ride, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to fitting appropriate rubber to suit the type of riding you do – as the 140 different tyres for everything from cruisers to trackday machines featured in this supplement prove.
Yet for the majority of us who spend most of the time riding on the road, there’s no more important segment than the sports-touring category. These are the tyres that will suit everything from smallcapacity commuters through to adventure-style machines and superbikes, come rain or shine. No wonder it’s the biggest selling class.
For 2017 this important category sees two new entrants in the form of Continental’s fresh Roadattack3 and the made-in-britain Avon Spirit ST line up against the tried-and-tested favourites from Metzeler, Dunlop, Bridgestone, Pirelli, Michelin and Maxxis. We gathered the whole lot together and put them through a head-to-head test to discover which set you should fit to your wheels.
And, if you haven’t treated yourself to a new set of tyres in a few years you’re in for a surprise, because some of the year’s best-performing models will not only give you allimportant grip in all conditions but will dramatically improve your ride quality, too. Who needs to spend big money on suspension upgrades when you can just fit a pair of new tyres? Find out more on page 4.
With new-for-2017 additions within the sports-road, cruiser, adventure and trackday markets, MCN will be expanding the initial reviews within this supplement as the year wears on. As our 2017 Long Term Test Fleet machines rack up the miles we’ll find out which tyres will give you the best in longevity, wet grip and value for money. So be sure to stay up to date every Wednesday or catch the reviews online at www. motorcyclenews.com.
If you have any tyre-related problems, our experts are here to help. Drop us a line at advice@ motorcyclenews.com.
Here’s to a great and grippy 2017…