Touring and Sport-Touring Tires Buyers Guide

(This article was published in New & Cool in the August 2014 issue of Rider magazine.)


  1. Nice advertisement, but I’m running a tire on my Goldwing that lets me run it like a sport bike in the mountains, stops faster, grabs traction in sand, gravel, and leaves better…and I expect to get at least 30,000 miles out of it. Better yet, it won’t disintegrate like the run-of-the-mill motorcycle tire.

    I’m running a Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3 ZP, a nice run flat CAR tire. It is safer than any motorcycle tire. It is tougher. And if I get a puncture, I can ride at least 50 miles at 50mph. Well, that’s what it will do for a car, on the bike I might make it twice as far. And considering that this limit was placed on the tire by lawyers, I might get four times as far.

    Then, when my OEM front tire is due to be replaced, I’ll install a rear tire sized for the front, giving me a thicker tread depth to start out with. Motorcycle tires keep getting more and more expensive, without any real improvements.


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