There's a reason why Sportbikes are one of the fastest growing markets in the country. Sportbikes combine speed and race performance with the freedom of the wide open road.
The Sportbike's versatility is unmatched. It can be a racing machine on one weekend, a "bike night" machine in the evenings, and a commuter during the week. Tire manufacturing companies address these riding styles through innovative technology and subtle features that make one set of tires better for a specific riding style over another but with enough versatility for crossing over.
When deciding on a new set of tires it is best to determine your primary riding style. If you spend a lot of time at the track you'll want a tire more attuned to racing. If you spend weekends caravanning with your riding buddies on long distance rides you'll want a tire that gives you comfort combined with performance and longevity.
Many riders discover a favorite tire brand early on and stick with it for life. If you've found the right tire that works for your riding style then we are your #1 shopping destination.
The MotoSport Sportbike and Motorcycle Tire Buying Guide is your first stop if you're looking to upgrade or replace worn out tires. This guide is designed to help you narrow down the broad scope of available tires to a manageable purchasing opportunity.
There are three "types" of Sportbike tires to consider depending on your riding style:
Sport Tires equip riders with race engineered quality but are designed for everyday riding on city streets. Sticky grip meets high performance handling with longer tread life than actual race tires.
Sport Tires keep the slick look for quick warm ups but bring innovative tread design patterns to:
- Repel water
- Optimize acceleration
- Optimize braking
- Increase cornering performance.
Sport Touring Tires
Sport Touring tires bridge the gap between straight up canyon carving riding and country road touring. A longer lasting tire combines sport performance with touring comfort and durability.
Sport Touring tires use additional tread pattern and siping technology for mileage and the endurance needed on longer rides. Great for wet weather with enough "stick" for the racer at heart.
Track Day/Race Tires
Track Day/Race tires are a lean, mean sticky machine. You won't get a lot of mileage out of these beasts, but that's not the point. Track Day/Race tires sustain high speeds and give their best performance on the track. An optimized contact patch, via race oriented tire compounds, gives the best grip but with enough tread for legal street riding.
Written By: AndrewT