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

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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

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