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Motorcycle Tires: Reviews
What kind of motorcycle tires you buy depends on what you want to do with your motorcycle and what you want your motorcycle to do. Rider‘s motorcycle tires reviews section covers all kinds of rubber including, but not limited to, sport-touring, dual-sport and touring tires.

Pirelli Scorpion Trail Motorcycle Tires

Pirelli Scorpion Trail Tires

Arden Kysely
August 8, 2012

When fellow contributor Jerry Smith reviewed Pirelli’s Scorpion Trail tires in the January 2011 issue, he concentrated on their street performance. After testing the Scorpions on my BMW F 800 GS on local fire roads, I can now relate the “dual” side to Jerry’s “sport” review of these multi-purpose... Read more »

2012 Touring & Sport-Touring Tire Buyers Guide

Touring & sport-touring tire buyers guide

Bill Stermer
June 26, 2012

Chances are you’ve been in the dating game at some time in your life and, if so, you’ve likely experienced the frustration of having several choices. You’ve dated a number of people and none of them is perfect, but you really like certain aspects of various individuals. Wouldn’t it be great if... Read more »

Tales From the Dark Side: Putting Car Tires on Motorcycles

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Eric Trow
June 11, 2012

Have you ever found yourself unwittingly in the middle of a heated religious or political debate between two vehemently opposed participants? Not since the dispute over conventional oil vs. synthetic oil have I seen such polarized and passionate opinions in the motorcycle world. The question is, unlike... Read more »

Erasing Doubt: Car Tires on Motorcycles

Eric Trow
June 11, 2012

The forces placed on a car and its tires during cornering are primarily lateral forces that try to push the car and the tires sideways across the pavement. Conversely, as a motorcycle leans into curves, the cornering force is what is known as camber force. In other words, the force comes at an angle... Read more »

Avoiding Tire Failure: Getting the Most From the Tires That Were Meant For Your Bike

This low-profile car tire begins to bulge when tire pressure drops below 25 psi.

Eric Trow
June 11, 2012

Getting the most from the tires that were meant for your bike. Motorcycles subject tires to an enormous range of forces, stresses and heat. Fortunately, motorcycle tires are overdesigned to be able to meet those needs and still have reserve. So why do some tires fail? Most motorcycle tire failures come... Read more »

Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart II Motorcycle Tires Review

Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart II Tires

Mark Tuttle
June 1, 2012

(This review was published in the June 2012 issue of Rider Magazine.) Ask any group of serious sport-touring riders what their main gripes are, and right after monkey butt and nature calling too often, you’ll most likely hear something about tires. These are savvy, demanding motorcyclists whose bikes... Read more »

Michelin Pilot Road 3 Tires Review

Michelin Pilot Road 3 sport-touring tires

Mark Tuttle
April 30, 2012

Among all of the different types of motorcycle tires out there, those we have the highest expectations of are certainly sport-touring tires. If a sport tire wears out quickly or a street-legal knobby squirms a bit in corners, no one is taken aback. But sport-touring tires are expected to stick wet or... Read more »

Dunlop Roadsmart Sport-Touring Tires Review

Dunlop Roadsmart Sport-Touring Tires

Eric Trow
September 6, 2011

[This Dunlop Roadsmart Sport-Touring Tires review was originally published in the April 2011 issue of Rider] About three years ago the folks at Dunlop took on the seemingly impossible challenge to develop a tire that would meet the unreasonable demands of us sport-touring types. We said, “Give us... Read more »

Avon AM24 Gripster Tires

Avon AM24 Gripster Tires

Clement Salvadori
September 6, 2011

[This Avon AM24 Gripster Tires gear review was originally published in the February 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Last year a friend asked me what sort of tires he should get for his Kawasaki KLR650. His approach to dual-sporting is about the same as mine—80 percent or more on the pavement, the remainder... Read more »

Pirelli Scorpion Trail Tires

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Jerry Smith
August 22, 2011

[This Pirelli Scorpion Trail Tires gear review was originally published in the January 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Some riders choose dual-sport and adventure bikes because they want to ride both on and off the pavement. Others appreciate the upright seating and plentiful aftermarket luggage options... Read more »

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