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2012 Touring & Sport-Touring Tire Buyers Guide


Chances are you’ve been in the dating game at some time in your life and, if so, you’ve likely experienced the frustration of having several choices. You’ve dated a number of people and none of them is perfect, but you really like certain aspects of various individuals. Wouldn’t it be great if you could combine these traits into a single ...

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Erasing Doubt: Car Tires on Motorcycles

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The forces placed on a car and its tires during cornering are primarily lateral forces that try to push the car and the tires sideways across the pavement. Conversely, as a motorcycle leans into curves, the cornering force is what is known as camber force. In other words, the force comes at an angle down through the bike and into ...

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Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart II Motorcycle Tires Review

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(This review was published in the June 2012 issue of Rider Magazine.) Ask any group of serious sport-touring riders what their main gripes are, and right after monkey butt and nature calling too often, you’ll most likely hear something about tires. These are savvy, demanding motorcyclists whose bikes range widely, from naked middleweight standards to large, powerful supersports, to luggage-laden ...

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Michelin Pilot Road 3 Tires Review


Among all of the different types of motorcycle tires out there, those we have the highest expectations of are certainly sport-touring tires. If a sport tire wears out quickly or a street-legal knobby squirms a bit in corners, no one is taken aback. But sport-touring tires are expected to stick wet or dry, handle well, wear like iron, run quietly ...

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Dunlop Roadsmart Sport-Touring Tires Review


[This Dunlop Roadsmart Sport-Touring Tires review was originally published in the April 2011 issue of Rider] About three years ago the folks at Dunlop took on the seemingly impossible challenge to develop a tire that would meet the unreasonable demands of us sport-touring types. We said, “Give us a tire that helps us feel like Ben Spies on dry pavement. Make sure ...

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Avon AM24 Gripster Tires


[This Avon AM24 Gripster Tires gear review was originally published in the February 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Last year a friend asked me what sort of tires he should get for his Kawasaki KLR650. His approach to dual-sporting is about the same as mine—80 percent or more on the pavement, the remainder on the dirt. Another friend had recently put Avon ...

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Pirelli Scorpion Trail Tires


[This Pirelli Scorpion Trail Tires gear review was originally published in the January 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Some riders choose dual-sport and adventure bikes because they want to ride both on and off the pavement. Others appreciate the upright seating and plentiful aftermarket luggage options such bikes offer. That’s what led me to my Suzuki 650 V-Strom, which I’ve ridden off ...

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Shinko Tour Master 230 Tires Review


by James Parchman [This Shinko Tour Master 230 Tires review was originally published in the August 2011 issue of Rider magazine] If you own a motorcycle manufactured in the 21st Century, there’s probably a wide variety of replacement tires for your machine. But for those rides referred to as “classics,” tire selection can be a bit more challenging. Stock tires ...

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Michelin Pilot Road 3 Sport-Touring Radial Tires


[This Michelin Pilot Road 3 Sport-Touring Radial Tires review was originally published in the September 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Michelin’s Pilot Road 3 is a new line of sport-touring radial tires for 2011 that is designed to deliver enhanced wet grip, even wear and long tread life. The Road 3s are available for a wide range of bikes and incorporate Michelin’s ...

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