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Shinko Tour Master 230 Tires Review

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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 Review

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[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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Continental Road Attack 2 Tires Review

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[This Continental Road Attack 2 Tires review was originally published in the December 2010 issue of Rider magazine] Greg Drevenstedt Using the aggressive language popular in motorsports marketing, Continental high-performance radials go by the name “Attack,” the idea being that a set of these tires is the perfect black-rubber weapon to lay siege to the racetrack, road or trail. Its latest ...

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Dunlop Roadsmart Sport-Touring Tires Review

[This Dunlop Roadsmart Sport-Touring Tires Review was originally published in Rider magazine] About three years ago the folks at Dunlop Motorcycle Tires 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 it delivers enough ...

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Bridgestone Battlax BT-023 Sport-Touring Tires Review

Following the introduction of the new Bridgestone BT-023 sport-touring tire line in Japan and my factory tour and tire review from that trip (Rider, August 2010 issue), for a real-world follow-up I sent two pair of BT-023s to my buddies Dick and Bryar, who own identical 2005 Yamaha FJR1300s and ride like demons. In addition to sizes for everything from 600 ...

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Continental ContiRoad Attack 2 Tires Test at the Contidrom

Greetings from Germany! Continental is holding the press introduction of its new ContiRoad Attack 2 tires on its home turf. Today we rode a variety of bikes shod with Continental’s “hypersport touring” tires at the Contidrom, the company’s proving grounds located about 35km from Hanover. Continental has been around since 1871 and it made its first motorcycle tires in 1907. Although it ...

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Avon Storm 2 Ultra Tires Review

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[This Avon Storm 2 Ultra Tires Review was originally published in the September 2010 issue of Rider magazine] I enjoy sport riding but find that tire life suffers when I ride hard with my buddies into the mountains for breakfast, or when we go sport touring on a long weekend. As a result, I have been searching for a sport-touring ...

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Pirelli Angel ST Motorcycle Tires Review

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[This Pirelli Angel ST Motorcycle Tires Review was originally published in the January 2010 issue of Rider magazine] Dualism is the dynamic struggle between opposing forces. Good and evil, positive and negative, yin and yang, that sort of thing. Pirelli clearly understands the concept of dualism since its new Angel ST (sport-touring) tires replace the Diablo Strada, diablo being Spanish ...

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Continental Tire ContiTrail Attack Dual-Sport Radials Review

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[The Continental Tire ContiTrail Attack Dual-Sport Radials Review was originally published in the January 2010 issue of Rider magazine] Choosing the right tire for a dual-sport tour isn’t easy. You need good cornering traction and high mileage for the paved stretches, and good dirt grip and durability to get you into—and out of—the backcountry. The test trip for the ContiTrail ...

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Dunlop Sportmax Q2 Motorcycle Tires Review

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[This Dunlop Sportmax Q2 Motorcycle Tires Review was originally published in the October 2009 issue of Rider magazine] I love Dunlop’s tag line, “Accelerate your soul.” Motorcycles do just that, what with astonishing power-to-weight ratios and an ability to lean that makes cars feel like air-conditioned grocery carts. What connects every motorcycle to the road is tires, those mysterious workhorses ...

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