We've broken down the motorcycle road universe into six different tires. We're going to start with Sport, we're going to go to V-Twin Cruiser, and we're going to finish out for Dual-Sport and Adventure. Really, this breakdown should give you a great idea of a tire that should match up with your bike and your riding style, if you're really not sure in 2013. And as you're shopping for tires on Revzilla.com, be sure to use the Tire Finder on the site to ensure proper fitment.
Now, as part of our larger guides here at Revzilla.com/guides, if you want to shop the entire collection right now, click right here to visit Revzilla.com for our Tire Guide Breakdown page. And keep in mind, there's a detailed breakdown video on every tire I have on the table here at Revzilla.com, where, soup to nuts, you can really understand the detail of the tire fully.
So first up in our Sports Stack, is the Michelin Pilot Road 3. This tire almost needs no explanation. For two years, it's been a juggernaut. Multi-season, wet and dry riding, long distance, dual-compound. Think FJR, R1200-R, touring and commuting, VFR, this is a phenomenal, sport oriented, sport touring, multi-season tire, here from Michelin. Moving down, we get a little bit more sporty. This is our Hardcore Sport Pick, I have the PP3 from Michelin. This is a new entrant. It replaces the Pilot Power Pure, but in all honesty, it uses a new technology called 2CT Plus, better longevity, better handling, Hardcore Sport bike riding. Think most of the time of the road, 85 percent of your time on the road, maybe stretch the track, it's going to be a better option than the Pilot Power Pure. And in our opinion, it offers tremendous bang for the buck and performance, even over something that's a perennial favorite, like the Michelin Pilot Power 2CT.
So moving on from Sport into Track Day, we have the Dunlop Q2 Sport Max. This is a 50/50 tire, 50 percent road, 50 percent track, but again, good grip wet handling, bang for the buck factor. It'll still give you DOT handling. Remember, guys that are buying their Track Day tires at the track are buying more of a race oriented tire. We know you're out there. This is really for a guy on a hyper sport bike that spends half his time at the track, half his time on the street, and you're not having to invest in something like a Pirelli, which is a little bit higher on the food chain on the race side of things, or even a Metzeler Racetec, which is more of a race oriented tire.
For those guys that spend a lot of time on the track, and a lot of time on the street, if you're willing to trade longevity, you do have the Sport Max Q2 in the mix, which will do a rock solid job. The staple for the Cruiser Harley Davidson V-Twin crowd for this year is the MV888, triple eight tire from Metzeler. Tire is going to be the replacement for the 880, which is ultra high-mileage, no compromise. New for this year, new rubber compound on the tire, increased performance, increased longevity, Metzeler's claiming 15 percent, we're going to have to see them, and improved handling.
Remember, heavy, heavy bikes, big carcasses, great handling and feel on what would be a heavy touring bike in the Harley V-Star Honda Shadow community. Remember also, if you want a little bit better wet handling, we'd recommend the Michelin Commander 2 in this category as well, but the 888 really seems to be the juggernaut for this year.
Moving up, moving into our Dual-Sport Adventure Riding category, really, two tires here on the table. The first one's in the middle. This is the Metzeler Tourance Next tire, the first Dual-Sport tire with a dual-compound. So longer distance, improved tread pattern. We consider this a 90/10. So that means 90 percent road, multi-season touring, ten percent Dual-Sporting, light off-roading. I'm not even going to say light and duro. Really, when you take it onto that fire road, when you're loaded with luggage and potentially a Two-Up rider, this is going to be a great tire for that option.
You know, moving into our more Hardcore Adventure Riding scenarios, this is the Heidenau K60 Scout. This is a perennial favorite. This tire is a juggernaut, well loved by the adventure riding community. Tested to the ends, endorsed by Rawhyde Adventures out on the west coast. 50/50 tire, chevron pattern that won't score off like something like a TKC 80. Think big, Hardcore Touring and Adventure Touring bikes. Notice that chevron pattern, great at ejecting soil, great at ejecting rain, and would provide decent handling in the turns. And remember, there is a tire that bridges both of these as well, and that's the Heidenau K76, which is really an 80/20, little bit less aggressive than the K60 Scout, but falls in between the Tourance Next, as well as this K60.
The first number in a tire size represents the nominal width (usually in millimeters). Width is measured in a
straight line from the furthest point on one sidewall, across the tread, to the furthest point on the
This number represents the width of a tire measured in inches when inflated. Width is measured in a straight
line from the furthest point on one sidewall, across the tread, to the furthest point on the opposite sidewall.
The aspect ratio indicates the height of the tire's cross-sectional profile. It is expressed as a percentage
of the tire's width, so an aspect ratio of 55 means the tire's cross-section is 55% as high as it is wide.
This number indicates the overall height of a tire measured in inches when the tire is inflated.
This number is the diameter of the rim on which the tire will fit. The number is expressed in inches.
This number represents the diameter of the tire's rim. The number is expressed in inches.