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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.

Dunlop Elite 3 Multi-Tread Motorcycle Tires

Dunlop Elite 3 Multi-Tread Motorcycle Tires

Jerry Smith
October 4, 2013

Honda’s GL1800 Gold Wing is a well-balanced machine, combining comfort and performance in a bike whose size and heft seem at odds with its eye-opening acceleration and handling. One area in which that balance is off, however, is tire wear. Rack up a lot of highway miles and you’ll often reach the... Read more »

Continental TrailAttack 2 Motorcycle Tires Review

ContiTrailAttack 2 Tires

Mark Tuttle
August 10, 2013

Adventure-touring riders are faced with a potentially bewildering variety of tires for their bikes from which to choose. Fortunately, most of us have a pretty good idea how much off-road riding we actually do with these versatile but large and heavy motorcycles, and can use that as our guide. Serious... Read more »

2013 Buyers Guide: Touring and Sport-Touring Tires


Bill Stermer
August 7, 2013

Tires seem to be a pretty simple proposition. They’re round and they’re black. All we ask of them is that that they grip well, last a decent number of miles and don’t cost too much. However, beneath this rather bland exterior lies a tremendous amount of technology born of relentless research. To... Read more »

Continental’s Latest Attack Series Motorcycle Tires Review

The track allows riders the opportunity to push the tires harder than they ever would on the street.

Bill Stermer
September 6, 2012

Late in May, Continental Tires invited the press to its facilities near Hannover, Germany, to experience the latest in its line of new ContiAttack motorcycle tires, primarily the RoadAttack2 GT and SportAttack2. Continental also announced new sizes in its Conti TrailAttack and TKC 80 enduro tires for... Read more »

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


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 »

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