Sportbike and Motorcycle Tire Buying Guide

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

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.

Top Selling/Highest Rated Sport Tires

Top Selling/Highest Rated Sport Tires

Top Selling/Highest Rated Sport Tires

Pirelli Diablo Rosso 2

Michelin Pilot Power 2CT

Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S20

Price: $243.99

Price: $256.99

Price: $225.99

Features:

  • An aggressive tread design with a bi-compound rear tire that gives great mileage and excellent grip.
  • Solid racetrack performance with the comfort and reliability you expect from a street tire.

Features:

  • A Dual purpose tire if you will - for sportbikers who ride to work and spend their weekends on the race track.
  • Great dry grip, lean angling and smooth cornering thanks to the incorporation of two different rubber compounds.

Features:

  • Tire warms quickly and brings a new pattern and compound providing excellent grip in a range of temperatures.
  • MotoGP construction gives sportier handling and great cornering while maintaining wet weather integrity and high mileage.

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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.

Top Selling/Highest Rated Sport Touring Tires

Top Selling/Highest Rated Sport Touring Tires

Top Selling/Highest Rated Sport Touring Tires

Continental Motion

Michelin Pilot Road 3

Shinko 005 Advance

Price: $159.99

Price: $303.99

Price: $173.99

Features:

  • A great priced tire that provides year-round performance in dry and wet conditions.
  • Uses a newly formulated polymer compound and tread pattern for longevity.

Features:

  • Transformational handling and superior in the rain.
  • New siping and dual compound technology gives extra long tread wear.
  • Extra sticky when dry and solid grip in cold weather before warm-up.

Features:

  • A great commuting tire that quenches your thirst for an aggressive streetbike ride.
  • An intermediate compound gives a longer life than comparable tires.
  • The special tread design gives great wet weather performance, fast warm up, breaking and cornering.

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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.

Top Selling/Highest Rated Track Day/Race Tires

Top Selling/Highest Rated Track Day/Race Tires

Top Selling/Highest Rated Track Day/Race Tires

Dunlop Sportmax Q3

Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa

Bridgestone Battlax BT003

Price: $249.99

Price: $321.99

Price: $246.99

Features:

  • This tire is loaded with state-of-the-art technology including carbon fiber reinforcement for enhanced cornering and performance.
  • New tread pattern enhances wet weather capability, traction and tread life.

Features:

  • Racetrack performance crossovers to comfort and predictability on city streets and backcountry roads.
  • Uses a three zone compound to optimize the contact patch for optimal grip.
  • Great tread life and excellent cornering.

Features:

  • Modeled after the Bridgestone BT003 Racing tire to handle racing speeds at the track on the weekends and city streets during the commute
  • Great warm up time, optimum grip and dual compound technology gives it exceptional corner grip while maintaining mileage.
 

Written By: AndrewT

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