From the latest sports rubber designed using technology straight from MotoGP, to tyres built specifically for cruisers. These are the top motorcycle tyres for 2017.
Dunlop GP Racer D212, £275
Dunlop’s new GP Racer D212 will give serious trackday riders and club racers a chance to enjoy top-level tyre performance without the hassles that can go with full-on competition rubber. Replacing the current GP Racer D211, the new GP Racer D212 is based heavily on the French firm’s D212 GP Pro supersport tyre– itself a treaded version of the KR106/8 racing slick used in Moto2.
The GP Racer D212 shares the D212 GP Pro’s basic construction, fast-steering character and tread pattern. However, it comes in new, friendlier multi-tread compounds that aren’t as track and temperature sensitive as a racing tyre, so there’s less chance of the dreaded cold tear that can ruin a tyre in a few laps.
Tyres will be available in a choice of two front compounds (Soft and Medium) and two NTEC rears (Medium and Endurance) in both slick and treaded varieties.
Sizes: 120/70-17 front; 160/60-17, 180/55-17, 190/55-17 and 200/55-17 rear.
Bridgestone Battlecruise H50, £280
The Japanese tyre giant’s first cruiser tyre, the all-new Battlecruise H50, has been launched to appeal specifically to riders of American V-twins. Two waves of fitments will be available. On sale now, the first has cross-ply construction, comes in eight sizes front and rear, and is aimed at smaller, lighter models such as the Indian Scout and Harley Sportster. It’s suitable for some Harley ‘Big Twins’ such as the Softail Slim, too.
A second wave, including some radials, is scheduled for January 2018, and comes in 14 larger sizes (right up to a 240-section rear) designed for heavier tourers. Bridgestone say the H50 gives class-leading performance, excellent grip and tyre life that’s claimed to be up to 90% better than conventional rivals’. On the downside,no whitewalls will be offered, as they compromise performance.
Sizes:130/90-16 73H, 130/90-1667H, 100/90-19 and 80/90-21 front; 130/90-16, 140/90-16, 150/80-16 and 160/70-17 rear.
Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR, £177
New dual-sport tyre mixes a rally-style tread with claims of on-road all-weather grip and feedback. The STR mixes a street-bike profile and internal structure to guarantee on-road handling and stability, with a knobbly-style tread for off-road grip. High silica content boosts both wet weather grip and mileage.
Sizes:100/90-19, 110/80-19, 120/70-19 and 90/90-21 front; 130/80-17, 140/80-17, 150/70-17, 170/60-17 and 150/70-18 rear.
Avon TrekRider, £TBC
Dual-sport 50/50 on-road/off-road-biased tyre is a slightly more extreme alternative to the Brit firm’s road-orientated Trail Rider. It’s not a chunkier restyle, though, but uses a totally new clean-sheet design. For now, the TrekRider comes in two front and four rear sizes, all cross-plies – better off-road than a radial, say Avon – and with a T speed rating (118mph).
Sizes: 90/90-21 and 110/80-19 front; 130/80-17, 140/80-17, 140/80-18 and150/70-17 rear.
Michelin Power RS, £230
Michelin's latest sporty road rubber replaces the Supersport Evo. It’ll be available soon in a range of sizes, to suit everything from 300cc A2 licence machines to superbikes and the fat-tyred Ducati Diavel. Profiles, construction and compounds have all been honed, and the Power RS also benefits from the knowledge gleaned from Michelin’s new MotoGP reign.
Sizes: 110/70-17, 120/60-17 and 120/70-17 front; 140/70-17, 150/60-17, 160/60-17, 180/55-17, 180/60-17, 190/50-17, 190/55-17, 200/55-17and 240/45- 17 rear.