The Contitour is an all-new tyre developed specifically for the custom and cruiser market. In developing this latest rubber, Continental used a Harley-davidson Road Glide Ultra as the development bike – the heaviest machine in its class – in order to ensure tyre wall integrity and stability in all situations.
Conti subjected the new rubber to thousands of miles of road and track testing, both in Germany and the US, to prove their new Mileageplus compound technology gave extended tyre life and a more consistent performance. Wet weather testing also tested whether the highperformance tread pattern shifts more water from around the contact patch. Continental also say that the solid central band on the rear tyre improves stability under acceleration and increases mileage, while the specially designed carcass offers improved comfort and light, easy handling.
What are they like?
MCN rode a Harley Road King fitted with the new Contitour around Mallorca. At high speed the big bike was perfectly stable with a reassuring feel. Riding through some of the stunning, sinuous roads was effortless, as the tyres allowed the bike to gently roll from one side to another with linear effort at the Harley’s bars. There were a few damp patches on our test route where normally we would have expected some movement or loss of feel, but the new tyres gave zero cause for concern.
Continental have really moved things on with the Contitour; it will potentially transform the feel and enhance the ride quality of your bike. And give an increase of safety margin in wet and cold conditions.
Front: 130/90 16 67H, 130/80 17 65H, 130/70 18 63H, 100/9 19 57H, 80/90 21 48H. Rear: 130/90 15 66P, 140/90 15 70H, 150/90 15 80H, 170/80 15 77H, 130/90 16 73H, 140/90 16 71H, 150/80 16 77H, 180/65 16 81H, MT90 16 74H, MU85 16 77H.