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Bridgestone Battlecruise H50 Tires – Review

Bridgestone Battlecruise H50 tires on a Harley-Davidson Sportster. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

Bridgestone has rolled out its first tire created specifically for American V-twin cruisers, the Battlecruise H50. Bridgestone has an extensive racing background, having provided the spec tires for the Formula One and MotoGP series, and is currently the official tire supplier of the Indy 500 (under the Firestone brand, which Bridgestone acquired in 1988). With that in mind, despite being ...

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide


A Few of Our Favorite Things… It’s that time of year again! To assist you in the search for that perfect gift, three of us on the Rider staff each assembled a few of our favorite things to review for this special Holiday Gift Guide. Every one is a much better gift for your favorite rider than a leopard-print Snuggie, ...

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Motorcycle Tire Buying Tips (and 8 Tires to Try)

Sport-touring tires aim to deliver great mileage and handling performance for today’s high-tech sport-touring machines. The Metzeler RoadTec 01 has a tread pattern that improves grip on wet or dry surfaces, with a dual compound that offers cornering confidence and long life. The Shinko 016 Verge features an Aramid front tire for high-speed stability and strength, and a supersport-derived rear for performance. The Bridgestone Battlax T30 EVO uses new compounds to improve traction and control, especially on wet surfaces.

Some riders like to justify their hobby to non-riders by bragging that motorcycles are cheaper to ride and maintain than cars. But it doesn’t take too long to discover the flaw in that argument—tires. Unless you’re a hopeless farkle addict, tires probably represent the biggest ongoing expense of motorcycling. While the tires on your car might last 50,000 miles, the ...

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Dunlop Elite 4 Tires


Dunlop’s new Elite 4 tire promises extended mileage, a quiet ride and great handling. Unique Multi-Tread (MT) technology uses a long-wearing center compound along with special lateral compounds on the edges for cornering grip, and its tread is designed to provide even wear and limit road noise. An innovative depth indicator incorporated into the pattern disappears when tread depth reaches ...

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Tales From the Dark Side: Putting Car Tires on Motorcycles


From the Dark World of Nonconformity They Emerged…On Car Tires. Have you ever found yourself unwittingly in the middle of a heated religious or political debate between two vehemently opposed participants? Not since the dispute over conventional oil vs. synthetic oil have I seen such polarized and passionate opinions in the motorcycle world. The question is, unlike the face off ...

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Avon TrailRider Tires Review

Avon TrailRider Tires

How many tires have I changed over the past 60 years? Too many. The Avon Gripsters on my Suzuki DR650 were getting down to the end of their useful life, with almost 4,000 miles on the rear, normal life for those semi-knobbies. Avon had just announced its new TrailRider, an “adventure” tire with longevity in mind. Let’s give ’em a ...

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Michelin Anakee Wild Tires First Impression

The new Michelin Anakee Wild is a first-of-its-kind radial DOT knobby designed to offer both on- and off-road handling and stability. (Photos: Stephen Gregory)

General wisdom among adventure riders holds that when it comes to tires, you can have off-road grip or you can have on-road stability and decent mileage, but you can’t have all three. Even tires billed as “50/50,” or equally proficient at both on- and off-road scenarios, tend to fall toward one side or the other. So common is the conundrum ...

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Pirelli’s Night Dragon GT Tire

Pirelli’s Night Dragon GT tire for touring/cruiser motorcycles

Pirelli’s Night Dragon GT tire for touring/cruiser motorcycles offers the same performance of the Night Dragon with 20 percent more mileage. Using an advanced “Full Carbon Black” compound and new carcass materials, the Night Dragon GT provides an even longer lasting ride, with enhanced feedback and handling. The GT provides better traction and grip than the average cruiser/touring tire can ...

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Michelin Scorcher Tires

Michelin Scorcher (rear)

Michelin’s Scorcher tire line was designed and engineered specifically for use on Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Scorchers offer superb tread life and durability, while Michelin’s ADT technology delivers excellent feedback and handling. Scorchers can now be found at both Harley-Davidson and Michelin dealerships. Offered in three versions: Scorcher 11 (original equipment on some Sportster and V-Rod models), Scorcher 31 (Sportster and Dyna) ...

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Continental TKC 70 Motorcycle Tires Review

Continental TKC 70 Tires

I’ve worn out my fair share of Continental’s popular TKC 80 street-legal knobs over the years, much of the rubber left behind on long pavement runs to the back roads I want to explore. In choosing a tire that would carry me 900 miles from Southern California to ride the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route and bring me home with rubber ...

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