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Most riders don’t think about tires, yet tires are such a core part of the performance of a bike that they should be on riders minds. They affect every aspect of the bike’s performance, particularly grip and handling. An awesome set of motorcycle tires can make a decent bike feel great and conversely a poor set of tires can ruin the ride of a great bike. Tires matter a lot.

When it comes to which tires should you buy for your bike you don’t need to look much further than your manufacturers recommended list. They know your bike so listen to their advice and buy the tires they recommend. Most manufacturers will recommend a handful of choices which is why we have reviewed some of the more popular aftermarket choices to help you choose between brands.

If you’re not sure what size tires you need, check out our Motorcycle Tire Size Comparison Page Motorcycle Tire Sizes. We always get questions on tire pressures and recommend this nice article on the Mid-Atlantic Ducati club’s website regarding best tire pressures for motorcycles. For those who are adventurous and love DIY, check out our Adventures in Re-Spoking and Re-Building and Lacing Spoked Wheels. If you’re buying tires online, most manufacturer websites have tire selection tools to help pick the right tire for your bike as well as fitment tools. We always recommend just going to a tire place and having them do the work for you, it is easier, faster and probably safer.

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Motorcycle Tire Manufacturers

AvonBridgestone,  ContinentalPirelli and Michelin are well known brands that most riders are familiar with. While we haven’t reviewed any Bridgestone’s we’ve sampled most of the other major brands. If you’re looking for vintage and classic tires try Maxxis and Coker.. Continental – motorcycle tires for modern and vintage bikes.

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Recent Reviews

In This Section You Will Find All Our Recent Hands On Parts and Accessory Reviews

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Vintage Motorcycle Tires

Motorcycle Tire Air Pressure Conversions

Changing – Balancing Motorcycle Tires

Motorcycle Tire Change: Triumph Thunderbird Sport

Motorcycle Wheel Re-Spoke, Part 2

Mini Foot Pump Tire Air Pump Review

Mini Motorcycle Tire Air Pump

Recent Hands On

Tire & Tire Accessory Reviews

My Bike Needs New Sneakers My 2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2SX SE eats its own feet, so to speak. Worn out Bridgestone Battlax rear tire These 200 horsepower and supercharged Ninjas are renowned for wearing out rear tires in less than 2500 miles regularly. By keeping my bike in medium power mode I was able to …

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 …

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 …

Changing – Balancing Motorcycle Tires How to Change Motorcycle Tires: wBW review of the No-Mar Motorcycle Tire balancer and tire changer  |  Descriptions and instructions on changing motorcycle tires  |  Link to the Adam Glass’ website article onMotorcycle Tire Changing – everything you need to know about changing motorcycle tires  |  Mounting and balancing motorcycle tires  | Balancing motorcycle tires including …

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 …

Popular Motorcycle Tire Brands

We have reviewed a lot of tires over the year at WBW so we know a thing or two about which the brands our editors love. We also see the analytics on the site so we know which brands get the more views and attention from our readers. Between consumer interest, our editor’s opinions and talking to our friends at RevZilla here are the most popular brands at the moment.

Michelin

Michelin

Michelin is the famous French tire manufacturer and one of the largest on the planet.

Michelin participated in MotoGP from 1972 to 2008. They introduced radial construction to MotoGP in 1984, and multi-compound tyres in 1994. They achieved 360 victories in 36 years, and from 1993 to 2006, the world championship had gone to a rider on Michelins.

That racing experience helps Michelin create great motorcycle tires. We love the sheer range of Michelin tires and the price points they reach.

Helpful Links: Read Our Michelin Reviews.

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Pirelli

Pirelli Motorcycle Tires

Pirelli Motorcycle Tires have a racing pedigree shared by few with the Italian company sponsoring racing since 1907.

They are serious about all racing, being the exclusive tyre supplier for the Formula One Championship and for the FIM World Superbike Championship.

Pirelli makes every kind of motorcycle tire you can imagine. From adventure tires to extreme enduro to racing tires for competition, they do it all.

Helpful Links: Read Pirelli Motorcycle Tire Reviews.

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Metzeler

Metzeler tires logo

Metzeler is a German motorcycle tire company that has been producing quality rubber for over a century.

Metzeler proudly employs primarily motorcycle riders who understand the demands of being on the road and put that knowledge into the design of development of all of their motorcycle tires.

Metzeler motorcycle tires have a unique tread pattern and they use specific rubber that we’ve found lasts longer than other brands.

Helpful Links:  Read Our Metzeler Tire Reviews.

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Avon

avon tires logo

The UK founded Avon has been making tires since 1890. Avon  makes some of the top motorcycle tires in the game.

Avon motorcycle tyres are designed and manufactured for street and racing applications, from ultra wide tires featuring snakeskin sidewalls to ultra-high performance hypersport-bike tires.

Avon’s long history and heritage of innovation reaches back more than 100 years. Based in Melksham, England, Avon tires are built to perform and are engineered to high standards incorporating the latest in cutting-edge technology.

Helpful Links: Read Avon Tire Reviews.

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Tyres for Classic, Antique, Vintage Motorcycles

Lambrook Tyres (aka Classic Bike Tyres) has many different and hard-to-find tyres – tires for antique and vintage motorcycles; they carry some of the very old and rare tire sizes that are hard to find. Vintage Tyre Supplies (U.K.) has a large selection of tires, racing tires, wheels, tubes and accessories for vintage and antique motorcycles (Note: are they still in business?). Barum-Mitas vintage motorcycle tires in street and trials vintage treads; sizes 250×19 to 400×18 plus tubes; call Michael Cushion in Norwich, Norfolk at 01508 499718 (UK).

Coker Tires has vintage motorcycle (and cage) tires. 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!). Vintage Motorcycle Tires; in Japanese, but tire brands and models are in English. Try Vintage Tyre Supplies; they seem to have a collection of vintage tyres for motorcycles and automobiles. Cheng Shin is now MaxxisContinental – motorcycle tires for modern and vintage bikes. Universal Vintage Tire has motorcycle tires for vintage, classic and antique motorcycles.

Antique Tyres (Australia) has tires for vintage and antique motorcyclesJ&P Cycles has some tires for vintage motorcycles, including the Continental K112 and RB2, Dunlop D402, Diamond Tread by Coker in size 4.00×19, and Super Eagle replica tires.  Watling Tyres classic and racing tires for motorcycles.

American MotoTire carries motorcycle tires and scooter tires by Avon, Bridgestone, Cheng Shin, Dunlop, GBC, IRC, Kenda, Maxxis, Metzeler, Michelin and Pirelli.

Chaparral Motorsports has various brands and seems to be a nice place to do business with reasonable shipping and handling rates. Discount Motorcycle Tire – no longer in business.

Island Racing Services is a Michelin tire specialist with motorcycle racing tires and expertise.

Southwest Moto Tires sells tires at pretty big discounts and offers free shipping if you buy a pair; they get very good ratings from wBW visitors.

SportBike Track Gear claims to have the “best” Michelin tire prices; they also claim all tires in stock, ready to ship.

Tire Express is also popular with webBikeWorld readers.

Tires-n-Stuff lists many tires by the motorcycle model, rather than size; they carry many original equipment tires.

FWR claims to have “Britain’s Cheapest Tyres”; they sell Avon, Bridgestone, Dunlop, Metzeler, Michelin and Pirelli; also sprockets, chains and more. Motorcycle Tyres UK carries Avon, Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Metzeler, Michelin and Pirelli. Tyresonline.net aims to “provide the cheapest possible prices on new tyres” with special deals on front/rear pairs of motorcycle tyres.

AmericanMotoTire carries motorcycle racing tires by Avon, Bridgestone, Dunlop, Metzeler, Michelin and Pirelli  |  Bare Bones carries Bridgestone race tires and slicks.

Goodtime Tire & Rubber – tubes; scooter and motorcycle tires. Heidenau Tires in Germany  IRC TiresItalian Classic Tires has new tires for vintage bikes using old-school tread patterns. Kenda Tires.  Mefo Tires in Germany (another “nobody ever heard of them so they must be good” brand). Mitas Motorcycle Tires are made in Eastern Europe and the U.S.A. Mitas motorcycle tires are available through MX1 in Canada.

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