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Heidenau K60 Scout Motorcycle Tires Review

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Choosing a tire for a multi-surface tour isn’t always easy. You want a tread that’s aggressive enough to grip anything you might encounter, yet wears well enough to last the ride. Do you choose one of the street-oriented dually skins and hope for minimal sand and mud along the track? Or do you spoon on the security of knobbies, understanding ...

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Michelin Pilot Road 4 Sport-Touring Tires Review

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There are many dedicated sport-touring motorcycles to choose from, but sport touring—anything from a weekend trip to a yearlong escape that puts a premium on lean angle—can be done on just about any motorcycle, from a sportbike clad in soft luggage to a fully-farkled adventure bike. Given the broad range of motorcycles used for sport touring, Michelin’s latest S-T tire, ...

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Dunlop Trailmax TR91 Motorcycle Tires Review

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One of the great things about getting older is that things I knew—or at least should have known—decades ago are now amazing new discoveries. Here’s my latest brainstorm. New, modern tires are better than old, worn-out ones. My 2009 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom came stock with Bridgestone Trail Wings, which worked just swimmingly—stable, predictable, capable—until they started looking like racing slicks, ...

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Metzeler Karoo 3 Motorcycle Tires Review

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Before taking on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route, we spooned Metzeler Karoo 3 tires on our 2014 BMW F 800 GS Adventure test bike and Paul Beck’s 2007 BMW R 1200 GS project bike (Rider, October 2013). Route 5 of the ORBDR is a 750-mile off-road track through central Oregon, from California to Washington. It meanders through national forests by ...

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Bridgestone Battlax T30 Sport-Touring Tires Review

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The Battlax T30 is a new line of sport-touring radial tires, Bridgestone’s first tire to carry the “T” designation for “Touring.” The T30 features an advanced tread pattern designed to provide improved handling and dry grip when compared with its predecessor, the Battlax BT-023. A new front tire rubber compound maximizes grip and stiffness from the T30, and it also ...

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Dunlop Elite 3 Multi-Tread Motorcycle Tires

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Honda’s GL1800 Gold Wing is a well-balanced machine, combining comfort and performance in a bike whose size and heft seem at odds with its eye-opening acceleration and handling. One area in which that balance is off, however, is tire wear. Rack up a lot of highway miles and you’ll often reach the end of useful tread life in the middle ...

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Continental TrailAttack 2 Motorcycle Tires Review

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Adventure-touring riders are faced with a potentially bewildering variety of tires for their bikes from which to choose. Fortunately, most of us have a pretty good idea how much off-road riding we actually do with these versatile but large and heavy motorcycles, and can use that as our guide. Serious off-roading requires barely street-legal knobbies and lower speeds on the ...

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2013 Buyers Guide: Touring and Sport-Touring Tires

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Tires seem to be a pretty simple proposition. They’re round and they’re black. All we ask of them is that that they grip well, last a decent number of miles and don’t cost too much. However, beneath this rather bland exterior lies a tremendous amount of technology born of relentless research. To understand them, one must recognize the series of ...

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Continental’s Latest Attack Series Motorcycle Tires Review

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Late in May, Continental Tires invited the press to its facilities near Hannover, Germany, to experience the latest in its line of new ContiAttack motorcycle tires, primarily the RoadAttack2 GT and SportAttack2. Continental also announced new sizes in its Conti TrailAttack and TKC 80 enduro tires for the North American market. In addition to the usual tech briefings, we also ...

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Pirelli Scorpion Trail Motorcycle Tires

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When fellow contributor Jerry Smith reviewed Pirelli’s Scorpion Trail tires in the January 2011 issue, he concentrated on their street performance. After testing the Scorpions on my BMW F 800 GS on local fire roads, I can now relate the “dual” side to Jerry’s “sport” review of these multi-purpose tires. ’Twas a dreary morn that I ventured to yon mountains ...

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