2017 Sports-touring tyre test
With lovely new offerings from Continental and Avon, eight of Britain’s most-popular sports-touring tyres do battle at Bruntingthorpe
We’ve got hold of the brand new Continental Roadattack3 and the latest Avon Spirit ST to see how they stack up against the competition from Metzeler, Pirelli, Bridgestone, Michelin, Maxxis and Dunlop in the UK’S biggest-selling tyre category.
Sports-touring tyres are the do-it-all rubber that suits everything from sportsbikes and nakeds to tourers and adventure machines. If you want year-round performance in the wet and dry, comfort, fun and longevity these are the tyres for you.
How we did it
Bike 2017 Yamaha Tracer 700. The new Mt-07-based sports-tourer mixes practicality with agility. It comes with ABS as standard. It has Michelin’s Pilot Road 4 as OE fitment. Rider Bruce Dunn, MCN Performance Tester. 26 years of road testing experience. Has tested every type of tyre from Grand Prix slicks to the latest cruiser rubber. Tested sizes 120/70 x 17 front; 180/55 x 17 rear Pressures Yamaha’s recommended pressure of 33psi front and 36psi rear Location Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, Leicester
Dry, cloudy, 14 degrees
Although a closed circuit, the surface at Bruntingthorpe closely replicates that of a road, as it’s extremely bumpy and features areas of overbanding, as well as the occasional drain cover. It also allows us to test the grip, agility, and high-speed stability of each set of tyres safely and consistently.
After completing some familiarisation laps with the bike on its OE tyres, Bruce then tested each set of tyres blind, unaware of the make/ model fitted. He gave each set two laps to scrub in, then completed eight testing laps. We then noted down his comments and gave each set a score upon the completion of the test.
As it remained dry for the duration of the test, we were unable to assess any wet weather performance.
Prices are for 120/70 x 17 and 180/55 x 17 as tested, based on mail order from www.fwr.co.uk