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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.

Michelin Anakee III Dual-Sport Tires Review

Michelin Anakee III Dual-Sport Tires

Arden Kysely
November 12, 2014

New tires always dress up a bike, and the Michelin Anakee IIIs that I slipped onto my BMW F 800 GS more than 5,500 miles ago were no exception. An upgrade of Michelin’s popular Anakee 2, the IIIs are a 90/10 on-/off-pavement tire designed for big dual-sports and adventure machines. Initial testing... Read more »

Continental TKC 70 Tires Review

Continental TKC 70 Tires

Mark Tuttle
September 10, 2014

  Continental’s new TKC 70 radial tires are a good choice for adventure and dual-sport riders who spend most of their time on-road but still need dependable traction in the dirt. If there’s a staple tire among the street-legal knobbies out there for dual-sport and adventure-touring bikes,... Read more »

Kenda 676 RetroActive Tires Review

Kenda K676 RetroActive tires, mounted on a 1974 Kawasaki H2B.

Marty Estes
August 28, 2014

Kenda K676 RetroActive tires, mounted on a 1974 Kawasaki H2B. Not long ago, options were few and far between when it came to re-skinning your 1970s or ’80s-era motorcycle. With time, more tire manufacturers have begun to provide options to those with older bikes, and it makes sense—there are a great... Read more »

Touring and Sport-Touring Tires Buyers Guide

Pirelli Angel GT

Rider Magazine Staff
August 11, 2014

Avon The Storm 3D X-M sport-touring tire has interlocking three-dimensional points in the sipes for better stability, faster warm-up times and more grip, all while limiting tire flex. Its design includes both single- and multi-compound super-rich silica (SRS) for longer life and excellent grip... Read more »

Heidenau K60 Scout Motorcycle Tires Review

Heidenau K60 Scout Tires

Arden Kysely
May 7, 2014

Choosing a tire for a multi-surface tour isn’t always easy. You want a tread that’s aggressive enough to grip anything you might encounter, yet wears well enough to last the ride. Do you choose one of the street-oriented dually skins and hope for minimal sand and mud along the track? Or do you spoon... Read more »

Michelin Pilot Road 4 Sport-Touring Tires Review

Michelin Pilot Road 4 sport-touring tires, front (left) and rear (right).

Greg Drevenstedt
May 2, 2014

There are many dedicated sport-touring motorcycles to choose from, but sport touring—anything from a weekend trip to a yearlong escape that puts a premium on lean angle—can be done on just about any motorcycle, from a sportbike clad in soft luggage to a fully-farkled adventure bike. Given the broad... Read more »

Dunlop Trailmax TR91 Motorcycle Tires Review

Dunlop Trailmax TR91 Tires-Front Tire

Dexter Ford
March 4, 2014

One of the great things about getting older is that things I knew—or at least should have known—decades ago are now amazing new discoveries. Here’s my latest brainstorm. New, modern tires are better than old, worn-out ones. My 2009 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom came stock with Bridgestone Trail Wings, which... Read more »

Metzeler Karoo 3 Motorcycle Tires Review

Metzeler Karoo 3 Motorcycle Tires

Greg Drevenstedt
February 3, 2014

Before taking on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route, we spooned Metzeler Karoo 3 tires on our 2014 BMW F 800 GS Adventure test bike and Paul Beck’s 2007 BMW R 1200 GS project bike (Rider, October 2013). Route 5 of the ORBDR is a 750-mile off-road track through central Oregon, from California to... Read more »

Bridgestone Battlax T30 Sport-Touring Tires Review

Bridgestone Battlax T30 Rear Tire

Bill Stermer
January 30, 2014

The Battlax T30 is a new line of sport-touring radial tires, Bridgestone’s first tire to carry the “T” designation for “Touring.” The T30 features an advanced tread pattern designed to provide improved handling and dry grip when compared with its predecessor, the Battlax BT-023. A new front... Read more »

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 »

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