When choosing the correct set of motorcycle tyres the purchaser must consider a number of different types of tyres for everyday riding needs. There are six main types of tyres available for motorbikes and motorcycles, each with a different function and a unique set of benefits and advantages.
The two types of motorbike tyres that are most commonly utilised by street riders are Sport Touring and Sport Street tyres. Sport Street tyres are ideal for street riding that is characterised by lots of cornering and turning, while Sport Touring tyres are an ideal fit for riders who do more of their riding on long straightaways, and do not participate in a lot of hard turning and cornering.
In cooler climates, including those found more commonly in southern, inland and high altitude areas, Touring tyres may be the best choice for riders. Touring tyres work better at lower temperatures and generally do have a longer life span, but grip is compromised as a result. More grip is achieved at cooler temperatures, as Touring tyres are again constructed to deal with cooler road temperatures.
Going the Extra Mile for Style
For racers who like to flaunt their motorcycle at the track, Slick tyres are the premium choice. There is a certain degree of triangulation in Slick tyres, which cuts back on the tyre’s lifespan. However, there is less contact with the centre of tire to the track, which is optimal for long straightaways commonly found on most drag strips.
Sport and Performance tyres are usually not legal on the streets, but offer a perfect balance between durability and grip, which helps for better cornering and acceleration coming out of a sharp turn. The grip on Sport and Performance tyres is better than any other type of tyre, but due to this increased grip, the tyre’s life span is compromised greatly. Most Sport and Performance tyres do not last much more than 1,500 kilometers, which can make them a pricey investment for riders.
Finally, Off-Road tyres are made for optimum grip on dirt, sand, mud, and other non-pavement surfaces. Because of this, it is not recommended that riders with Off-Road tyres ride their motorcycle on the street, as the performance will be greatly compromised and can result in a major safety hazard for the rider and other motorists and cyclists.