When cruising at high speeds on a motorcycle, a quality set of tires can mean the difference between an exhilarating ride and disaster. Fortunately, motorcycle enthusiasts have rated and reviewed the best tires available so your next ride can be a safe one. All tires are not created equal, and the peace of mind a quality set of tires brings can be worth the extra money.
The rating system for motorcycle tires is based on the load index number, speed index letter, and tube or tubeless code. The speed index letter is the maximum permitted speed the tire is capable of without endangering the rider. Other factors determining motorcycle tire quality are wet weather features, tread life, and tire size.
Bridgestone Battleax BT 016
This tire's continuous-strand steel belt gives it superior bump absorption as well as increased stability. The tread design is an S-shaped groove designed to reduce noise and improve handling in wet weather conditions. The Battleax also received positive reviews regarding its durability and ability to withstand high temperatures during heavy use. The Battleax offers excellent use life and excellent traction at high and low speeds, according to Motorcycle USA.
The Dunlop Qualifier has a maximum safe speed of 168 mph. Jointless band belt design technology allows the Dunlop Qualifier to have excellent acceleration without sacrificing handling. The Dunlop Qualifier warms up more quickly than other tires, and three different polymers present in the tire's rubber ensures it will maximize grip in both wet and dry conditions, according to KneeDraggers.com.
Metzeler Sportec M-3/M-1
The Metzeler Sportec M-3/M-1 performs consistently well in wet and dry conditions and boasts excellent traction and acceleration. What makes the Metzeler Sportec M-3/M-1 stand apart is its durability. Motorcycle tires are notorious for their tendency to wear out quickly. The Metzeler Sportec M-3/M-1 doesn't have this problem to the degree other models do and can be counted upon to stay in shape when its competitor is falling apart, according to Motorcycle Daily.
The design of the Pirelli Diablo/Rosso gives it several advantages over other tires. Its primary advantage is its excellent stability, but it also performs well in other areas such as traction and rapid acceleration. The Pirelli Diablo/Rosso doesn't ride as smoothly as some other high end tires, but it is overall an excellent tire, according to Motorcycle USA.
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