Motorcycle News (UK) - - Tyre Guide -

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…

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