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Your Sport Touring Motorbike Fix

The Rubber Watch

Curated by Brian Wringer, the following info is also maintained by Travis Burleson and Robin Dean.

Here's your regularly updated, casually organized and far from definitive list of currently available sport touring motorcycle tires. It's the sort of information we rabidly rapid road riders discuss amongst ourselves over eggs, bourbon and/or email. Like all obsessed sport touring riders, we wear out a LOT of motorcycle tires and we keep a close eye on tire prices and deals in order to maximize fun per dollar.

“Like all obsessed sport touring riders, we've worn out a LOT of motorcycle tires. This pages keeps record of pricing, availability and notes.”

See anything inaccurate? Something we missed? Feedback? Thoughts? Want to send us free sport touring motorcycle tires to abuse ::cough:: I mean ... evaluate? Get in touch via the contact page. We'll get on it.

Oh! And let us know if you find this useful. We'll keep things updated as the demons demand.

Sort By: Name | Price

Bridgestone T32
Amazon | American | Chaparral | DK | EBay | Mummy | Revzilla | Rocky

$373.00

Dual-compound sport touring hoops with generally favorable reviews. Heavy-duty GT versions available for 500+ pound sumobikes for a few more bucks.

Continental ContiMotion
Amazon | American | Chaparral | DK | EBay | Mummy | Revzilla | Rocky

$181.00

Robin is testing these. Really soft (at 1k miles, we're already flushing out the wear bars). Performance is sticky, excellent in both wet/dry ... even loose gravel. Too bad they probably won't last beyond 2k mileage.

Continental Road Attack 4
Amazon | American | Chaparral | DK | EBay | Mummy | Revzilla | Rocky

$439.00

No direct experience, but Conti is always a quality brand. Also available in GT versions for bigger machines for a few bucks more.

Dunlop Mutant
Amazon | American | Chaparral | DK | EBay | Mummy | Revzilla | Rocky

$401.00

Looks extremely cool. May have some decent unpaved road chops and reviews seem to be happy with life, grip, feel, etc. I mean, just look at these snaky lizardy things.

Dunlop RoadSmart 3
Amazon | American | Chaparral | DK | EBay | Mummy | Revzilla | Rocky

$381.00

A long-running TRO favorite. The RS3 was a screaming bargain for a few years after the RS4 came out, but pricing has crept up significantly.

Dunlop RoadSmart 4
Amazon | American | Chaparral | DK | EBay | Mummy | Revzilla | Rocky

$482.00

26% spendier than the RS3, but claiming a 20% increase in treadwear ... Word on the street is that they also have a slightly lighter, nimbler feel than the RS3.

Kenda KM-01
Amazon | American | Chaparral | DK | EBay | Mummy | Revzilla | Rocky

$158.00

Word is that they work well in all conditions but are noticeably heavy and don't last as long as the expensive brands. They seem to rely on a thick, soft single-compound rubber rather than silica to make them last.

Metzeler RT1
Amazon | American | Chaparral | DK | EBay | Mummy | Revzilla | Rocky

$413.00

No direct experience, but Metzeler tires are always Pretty Darn Good, ya know?

Michelin Road 6
Amazon | American | Chaparral | DK | EBay | Mummy | Revzilla | Rocky

$518.00

Considered the ultimate by some. Ridiculous pricing, so we wouldn't know. $60 rebate offer through July 2024, but stocks seem thin. Second most expensive sport touring tires on the planet.

Michelin Road 6 GT
Amazon | American | Chaparral | DK | EBay | Mummy | Revzilla | Rocky

$546.00

Same as the regular Road 6 but heavier construction for sumo-class bikes. $60 rebate offer through July 2024, but stocks seem thin. Most expensive sport touring tires on the planet.

Pirelli Angel GT
Amazon | American | Chaparral | DK | EBay | Mummy | Revzilla | Rocky

$339.00

Heavier duty "Grand Touring" variant of the Angel. Spotty availability.

Pirelli Angel ST
Amazon | American | Chaparral | DK | EBay | Mummy | Revzilla | Rocky

$235.00

A favorite for some. Takes some poking around to find inventory. Cool angel/devil thing in the tread pattern as they wear, if that sort of thing is the sort of thing that's your sort of thing.

Shinko Verge 2X
Amazon | American | Chaparral | DK | EBay | Mummy | Revzilla | Rocky

$271.00

Made in Korea. Dual compound sport touring tire at a bargain price. Word is that they work great wet or dry but wear out more quickly than the big brands, which is consistent with our experiences with other Shinko tires.

Sport Touring Motorcycle Tire General Notes

This list only includes tires in the most common sizes. By that, we mean 120/70-17 front, 180/55-17 rear. Because them's the bikes we ride, that's why.

We don't include sport-oriented tires, dual-sport tires, vintage bike tires, cruiser tires, etc. Only sport touring tires are mentioned here. Most are dual-compound and optimized for mileage, wet traction and strong predictable grip in all conditions.

We check with three or four major US online tire retailers. Motorcycle tire pricing appears to very consistently stay within a few bucks at each supplier, so we don't expend much effort scraping around for that last few pfennigs. Just average market cost.

All prices are rounded up to the nearest dollar. "Approximate" is the word here. If we're within five or ten bucks, that's good enough for us.

Of course, prices and availability can (and do) change without warning, so the info above was only moderately accurate at the time it was posted. For entertainment purposes only. Don't blame us if you can't find the rubber you want at the price mentioned.

Prices include standard shipping within the Continental US. This is normally presented as "free" shipping. Freedom isn't (always) free.

This is all assuming you mount and balance your own tires. If you're using someone else to install your tires, make sure it's cool if you order the tires. Or buy a Rabaconda.

Rebates are listed separately. We've had pretty good luck with rebates. Just make sure the paperwork is filled out exactly correctly and consider using Rocky Mountain ATV/MC because they send in the rebate forms for you.

Some general notes are sometimes given for each. These are our general thoughts and opinions only. YMMV, caveat emptor and all that. If something is incorrect, tough beans. Check for yourselves before ordering, mmkay?

Motorcycle Tires & Retailers

There are many great motorcycle tire sellers out there. We've focused here on the few that we've personally used the most and found to be very consistent and reliable. These consistently offer "free" standard ground shipping and have fast service and accurate inventory.

Tires may be shipped directly from the retailer's inventory. That, or they may be shipped from distributor warehouses. If speed is important, it may be best to call and ask.

American Moto Tire - widest inventory, especially if you have a weird bike, always great prices. Nuthin' fancy here. You find tires, you order tires, tires show up.

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC - Although they focus on the dirty side of riding life, they're a great source for all kinds of motorcycle tires. 5% "RMBucks" rewards to keep you coming back. If there's an active mail-in rebate offer, they'll do the paperwork for you - VERY handy!

Revzilla/Cycle Gear - You all know Revzilla/Cycle Gear. Up to 5% ZillaCash rewards depending on annual spend. They're pushing paid "RPM" membership pretty hard and this may or may not make sense for you (J&P is also part of the Comoto "family").

As noted, there are many other good retailers we've left out: Dennis Kirk, MotoMummy, ChapMoto and others.

scAmazon and fleaBay can be a way to save a few bucks on motorcycle tires, especially if they're really coming from an actual reputable volume retailer with a storefront on the platform. But there are significant risks here as well in that sometimes you can get old leftover inventory and you may not get any sort of warranty if the tire is defective. Be wary and make sure you understand who is actually stocking and shipping the tires.