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Motorcycle Tire Air Pump The search for the perfect motorcycle tire air pump continues.  Our goal?  To find a motorcycle tire air pump that has these characteristics: small, light weight, reliable, easy to stow on the motorcycle and easy to use. The correct tire pressure is crucial to the safe operation of a motorcycle, but many …

Improving Handling & Grip – Check Out Our Expert Opinions & Reviews Motorcycle Tires This page lists our motorcycle tire reviews, motorcycle wheel balancer reviews, tire pressure gauge reviews, tire changing tool reviews and lots more! Most riders don’t think about tires, yet tires are such a core part of the performance of a bike that …

GoldenTyre Now in the U.S.A. More wBW: Motorcycle Tire Reviews  |  Dual-Sport Tires Info  |  Product Reviews GoldenTyre GT 201 Dual-Sport Tires (June 3, 2013) Golden Tyre (actually “GoldenTyre”, all one word), an Italian motorcycle tire manufacturer, is selling DOT (also E-Mark approved) motorcycle tires in the U.S.A. after having established a U.S. office over one year ago. Tire selections include …

Vintage Motorcycle Tires Classic, Antique, Vintage Motorcycle Tires:  Coker Tires has vintage motorcycle (and cage) tires  |  Dunlop K81’s are still available at Tires Unlimited  |  Goodtime Tire & Rubber – tubes; scooter and motorcycle tires  |  21st Century Tires is an exporter/wholesaler for “Wanda” vintage tires in many sizes (including 3.25×18 for 1951 Indian Scouts!)  |  Cheng Shin is now known as Maxxis and …

Motorcycle Tire Air Pressure Conversions Motorcycle tire performance is critical, and the air pressure of the tire is crucial. Some owner’s manuals or other information lists motorcycle tire air pressures in various units of measurement. This chart (below) converts pounds per square inch, or psi, into the SI unit. The official SI unit for pressure …

Motorcycle Tire Change: Triumph Thunderbird Sport Changing the front tire on a Triumph Thunderbird Sport motorcycle is a fairly straightforward process, but there are a couple of issues that need to be resolved to successfully complete the task. The first problem to be solved is figuring out a way to get the bike up off the …

Motorcycle Wheel Spoke Adventures Part 2 Part 1 (“Re-Spoke Motorcycle Wheels“) described my experiences at re-spoking a motorcycle wheel for the first time. That article covered the “what, why, and how” of the project. I had also mentioned in that article that I would be doing another spoke job in the near future. This time, …

Mini Foot Pump Review Small size means it’s easy to pack when touring. Valve adapter difficult to fit on some wheel designs. Somewhat difficult to maintain balance when pumping. Otherwise useful for adding a few pounds of air to motorcycle tires. Maintaining the correct air pressure in motorcycle tires is critical for safety and performance. …

Motorcycle Tire Air Pump This air pump can be used for motorcycle tires — it’s easy to carry and can be powered from a motorcycle battery or other 12-volt battery. I was on the lookout for a cheap, lightweight and effective motorcycle tire air pump. This would be something to carry in a saddlebag or …

Stubby Tire Tools Review Stubby Tire Tools are easy to use and they provide good leverage to get the job done without damaging your rims. They are a welcome addition to the tire changing equipment in my garage. Early in my career as an Automotive Technician (we were just “mechanics” or “grease monkeys” back then), …

Scooter Tire  Information The Hard-to-Find 140/70-16 Tire Several types of scooters use a hard-to-find rear tire in size 140/70-16. The Aprilia Scarabeo 500, the Piaggio BV200 and the Kymco 250 use larger rear tire sizes than traditional scooters, and there may be others. Apparently, these tire sizes are hard to find, but should become less …

A Variety of Tires for Dual Sport Motorcycles I’ll confess: this article doesn’t have much to do with the Dealer Expo. But there are an extraordinary number of motorcycle tires on display for some reason at the show, and this got me thinking… I’ve been keeping an eye out for potential tire replacements for the …

Motorcycle Tire Speed Ratings, Load Ratings and Tire Size Designations Front Tire Size Conversions Rear Tire Size Conversions Metric Alpha Inch Metric Alpha Inch 80/90 MH90 2.50/2.75 110/90 MP85 4.00/4.75 90/90 MJ90 2.75/3.00 120/90 MR90 4.50/4.75 100/90 MM90 3.25/3.50 130/80 5.00/5.10 120/80 4.25/4.50 140/80 5.50/6.00 120/90 MR90 4.25/4.50 140/90 MU90 5.50/6.00 130/90 MT90 5.00/5.10 150/80 …

Motorcycle Tire Metal Valve Caps Check this out — real metal valve caps!  Just like they used to make in the days of the Meriden Triumphs! These are nice replacements for those cheesy plastic ones they give you when you buy a new tire/tube/valve stem nowadays. These even have a little rubber gasket inside to keep the …

Avon Storm Motorcycle Tires on the FJR 1300 Observations and Ruminations Go to any motorcycle specific website and you’ll find what are often referred to as “recurring, never ending topics” and most of them revolve around either tires or motor oil. Ask the question “what’s the best tire or oil for my bike” and you’ll …

Tires for the Versys In the continuing quest to expand our riding horizons with the VERSYS-tility machine, our focus turned to finding a set of tires that might cope with a wider variety of roads and conditions. The Pirelli MT90 Scorpion Sync tires that were installed on the Ebony Versys have continued to work extremely …

The decision to upgrade to aftermarket wheels for your motorcycle is usually made for one of two reasons: appearance or performance enhancement. In this case, I was searching for both but with an emphasis on performance.  My motorcycle  is a 1996 Ducati 916SPA.  This model was a limited production run of homologation bikes built by …

“Redefines the Limits in Sport Touring” The Continental Road Attack 2 EVO is a sport-touring tire with the grip of a Hypersport tire. The handling is definitely different from other similar motorcycle tires but you’ll quickly adjust. Wet traction and braking with the Road Attack 2 EVO tires is superb and the tires inspire confidence. …

Track Day With the New Continental Hypersport Tires The new Continental Sport Attack 3 is a tire designed for the aggressive street and track day rider. This tire combines high traction with manners suitable for every skill level of rider. This is achieved with a new profile and improved wet weather traction over the previous version, the …

Mitas Announces Sport Force+ Motorcycle Tires January 30, 2015 (Press release edited by webBikeWorld.com) – Mitas is “one of Europe’s leading producers of agricultural tyres” and they make motorcycle tires under the Mitas name. They also make tires for Continental. The company has factories in the Czech Republic, Serbia and one in the USA. The …

Metzeler Tourance Next Motorcycle Tire Review The Metzeler Tourance Next tires are a 90/10 street/dirt tire for large dual-sport motorcycles. Metzeler claims improved wet grip and stability from previous Tourance tire versions and the Tourance Next rear has a dual compound. The Metzeler Tourance Next tires have noticeably faster turn-in and side-to-side transitioning than the …

Shinko 016 Verge 2X Dual-Compound Motorcycle Tire Review The Shinko 016 Verge 2X tires seem to be more of a supersport tire that perform very well in the grip and handling department and have good handling in the rain. The wide sipes cause a slight vibration or roar on the road that is tolerable but …

The Doran 360M TPMS The Doran 360M Motorcycle Tire Pressure System is a reasonably priced, motorcycle-friendly, assemblage of hardware and software. The system consists of wheel-mounted sensors and an LCD display. The combination lets you know at a glance what the air pressure values are for each tire, and also alerts you, in real time, …

Michelin Anakee III Tires   Summary When I first purchased my (used) 2002 BMW R 1150 GS (review), my intentions were to explore more unpaved roads. It wasn’t long before I discovered that riding off-road requires an additional set of skills, especially when riding a bike as large and heavy as my GS. You can learn …

Michelin T63 80/20 Dual-Sport Tires I found the Michelin T63 tires to be reliable both off-road and on the pavement. They have excellent tire wear for a knobby off/on road type tire. The T63’s handled whatever surface we encountered on the western half of the Trans-America Trail with aplomb. They provided good grip on the …

Michelin Anakee III Tires Announced February 8, 2013 – Michelin has announced a new Anakee III adventure-touring tire, replacing the popular Anakee II tires that have been fitted to many BMW GS and other adventure-touring bikes. The Anakee III will become standard fitment for 2013 BMW R 1200 GS motorcycles. Here’s an edited version of the …

Continental “ContiRoadAttack 2 CR” Tires Dominate Classic Racing December 2, 2012 – Motorcycle race teams using Continental tires won all classic races of the 2012 racing season. The ContiRoadAttack 2 CR becomes the favorites’ tire. Continental’s winning streak at this year’s classic motorcycle races was crowned by another win at the last race of 2012, the Bol …

Michelin Pilot Road 3 Motorcycle Tires Outstanding grip in wet and dry conditions. Very neutral handling, fast warm-up times. Noticeable difference from the Michelin Pilot Road 2 tires on the Ducati Multistrada 620. “Motorcycle tires are so good today that 99.9% of motorcycle owners wouldn’t notice the difference from one brand or type to another”. …

Michelin Announces Revised Commander II Motorcycle Tires January 1, 2012 –  Michelin Motorcycle Tires launches the Michelin Commander II tire today. The Commander II is available immediately in 15 sizes, in both bias and radial construction. Michelin says that the Commander II tire offers “a new standard in cruiser tire longevity and uncompromised handling and stability”. …

Continental TKC 80 Tires The Continental TKC 80 tires provided excellent performance both on and and off road. More: Dual sport tire sizes, information and photos from the 2012 Dealer Expo. webBikeWorld readers may remember my recent review of the BMW GS Off-Road Riding Skills DVD, which sparked an idea: to ride the Trans-Labrador Highway. Soon after, my …

Gryyp “Cargol Turn & Go” Review The Cargol Turn & Go, aka the Gryyp Tire Tool, is an easy-to-use carry-along device that can plug a tire in a limited range of situations. It’s more useful for car or trike tires than for motorcycle tires, but it’s cheap enough and easy enough to carry on a …

Simple Motorcycle Tire and Wheel Balancer If you can remove a wheel from your motorcycle, you can take off the old tire and mount a new one. It may seem like a job that’s beyond the ability of the average owner, but the task takes more brawn than brains. We’ve covered just about all of …

Shinko “Smoke Bomb” Tires Announced January 18, 2011 – How about this: the Shinko Smoke Bomb tire! Available in blue, red or purple smoke colors. That’s right — not an April Fool’s prank! The Smoke Bomb tires will pretty up your burnouts (or make you even more obnoxious, depending on your point of view). Spin …

TireGard Wireless TPMS Review The TireGard wireless TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) is easy to use, light weight and accurate, but expensive. A tire pressure monitoring system — specifically a wireless TPMS — has been on my radar screen for some time. And now that I think about it, is there such a thing as …

Cycle Hill Motorcycle Tire Changer In my previous review of the No-Mar tire changer I mentioned that motorcycle owners can save money by changing their own tires. Most people wouldn’t even think of changing the tires on their car, but changing the tires on a motorcycle is another matter. It’s not that difficult — as …

Wider Is Better, Right? See the updated information at the end of this article regarding the tire sizes for the 1986 BMW R65 (and possibly other Airheads!) It won’t fit… or will it? It was that time again — the every-few-thousand-mile decision. New motorcycle tires!! My 1986 BMW R65 was ready for new skins. This …

Slime vs. AirMan Sparrow Air Pumps Review Small and lightweight, both feature 12 Volt air compressors and simple operation. They can be easily packed to provide essential support at home or when on the road. However, the units are not equal when it comes to quality, function and performance. The AirMan Sparrow wins hands down, …

The French Chinese Alaskan Am I the only guy other than the webBikeWorld crew who uses a hand-operated air pump to fill my motorcycle tires? Apparently so… There haven’t been very many comments sent in by readers with suggestions for new products to review. I was scrounging around Rick’s garage and uncovered a pile of …

The Classic Metzeler Lasertec Back about, oh, 6 years ago, I replaced the tires on the 1986 BMW R65. Of course, being smarter than the BMW engineers, I knew better which size tires to choose. I wrote a long, boring and pompous article about it and ended up ignoring the advice of the owner’s manual, despite my …

Tachyon Motorsports Motorcycle Wheel Balancer   Background One of the most popular webBikeWorld articles ever was our review of Rod Neff’s motorcycle wheel balancer, first published about 8 years ago. I think Rod has since stopped manufacturing it, unfortunately, because it was very popular with “DIYers” and ours has served us well through all these years. …