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Shinko SR999 Long Haul Motorcycle Tires | Gear Review

Shinko SR999 Long Haul motorcycle tires are designed for V-Twin cruiser and touring motorcycles, and they handle as good as they look. The tread...

Shinko White Wall SR777 Tires | Gear Review

Whitewall tires like those offered by companies like Shinko were not the first thing that came to mind when I considered new tires for...

Continental RoadAttack 4 Tires | Gear Review

The Continental RoadAttack series are sport-touring tires that strike a balance between performance and longevity. They’re ideal for sport-tourers, standards, street-biased adventure bikes, and...

Shinko 003 Stealth Radial Tires | Gear Review

After purchasing Yokohama Tires in 1998, the Shinko Group built up an impressive tire portfolio for the motorcycle and scooter aftermarket. The Korean company...

Dunlop American Elite Tires | Gear Review

Touring tires for heavyweight bikes need to be made of tough stuff. They are expected to last a long time and perform well in...

Dunlop Mutant Tires | Gear Review

Mutant tires. Just the name makes you want to try them. But what exactly have they mutated from or to? According to Dunlop, the...

Avon Storm 3D X-M Tires | Gear Review

Constructing a motorcycle tire is complicated, but the important aspects for me are durability and handling. How long will it last, and how does...

Michelin Road 6 Tires | Gear Review

Michelin has been making motorcycle tires since 1892. For context, that’s 11 years longer than Harley-Davidson has been making motorcycles. Now, it is out...

Continental TKC 70 and TKC 70 Rocks Tires | Gear Review

Adventure-touring tires are usually rated in terms of their ratio of intended use on-road and off-road. Many are 90/10 tires, designed for roughly 90%...

Dunlop D404 Tires | Gear Review

I’ve worn out a lot of tires in the last 66 years of riding, and I have no real memory or record of what...

Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart IV Tires | Gear Review

“Twisty roads are life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.” Steve McQueen mighta said that, so I just went ahead and...

Shinko SR777 Tires | Gear Review

When I tested Shinko E804/E805 adventure tires on my Triumph Tiger 800 XCx a few years ago, I was impressed with their performance, mileage...

Dunlop Roadsmart IV Tires 10,000-Mile Test

Darrell Penning rides a 2016 BMW R 1200 RS. He rides a lot and has tracked the mileage of the tires he’s used from...

Bridgestone Announces Battlax Sport Touring T32/GT Tires

Bridgestone has announced the all-new Battlax Sport Touring T32 and T32GT motorcycle tires, and as the name implies, these tires are aimed squarely at...

Dunlop D605 Tire | Gear Review

As anyone who runs knobby tires on their dual-sport will tell you, they don’t last long. The knob blocks that do their job by...

Bridgestone BT-45 Tires | Gear Review

If you’ve got an older sportbike with 16-inch rims, your tire choices nowadays are rather limited. Yet the right tire can make all the...

Dunlop Trailmax Mission Tires | Gear Review

Adventure-bike tires are always a compromise, so they’re often categorized by their intended “mix of usage,” e.g. 50/50 for a tire that is good...

Tech Q&A: Switching to Tubeless Wheels

Q: I want to purchase a 2004-2006 Honda 750 Aero, with driveshaft and spoked wheels, or a 2004-2006 Yamaha 650 V Star, with driveshaft...

Shinko 700 Series Dual-Sport Tires | Gear Review

When it comes to dual-sport tires, there’s a sliding ratio based on their intended on-road vs. off-road use. Most adventure touring bikes are fitted...

Continental TrailAttack 3 Tires | Gear Review

For most adventure bike riders, choosing the right tires boils down to a thoughtful assessment of the types of riding you actually do versus the extremes...

Michelin Scorcher 31 Tires | Gear Review

Touring tires on large bikes undergo a torture test every summer. Weighing 900 pounds or more fully loaded, these behemoths of the two-wheeled world...

Michelin Anakee Adventure | Tire Review

Adventure bikes have been gaining traction in recent years, with numerous offerings from BMW, KTM, Ducati, Triumph, Honda and Yamaha, to name a few....

Continental ContiGO! Tires | Gear Review

My 2006 Triumph Bonneville T100 gets a good deal of use in the local area, putting on quite a few miles every month. And...

Mitas E-07+ Adventure Tires | Gear Review

Adventure tires, like the motorcycles they're designed for, are a compromise. Most adventure bikes come with 90/10 tires intended for 90-percent street riding and...

Michelin Road 5 Tires | Gear Review

Almost 20 years ago I learned from two riders with extensive experience at Seattle and Portland raceways that one can go much faster in...

Bridgestone Battlax A41 Adventure Tires | Gear Review

Our July issue included my review of Bridgestone’s new Battlax T31 sport-touring tires based on a one-day test ride in Morocco. Bridgestone’s Battlax press...

Dunlop Elite 4 Tires | Gear Review

According to Dunlop, the Elite 4 is for riders who like to cover miles. Lots of miles. The E4 is designed to cover as...

Metzeler Karoo 3 Tires | Gear Review

If you walk remote hiking trails, you don’t wear running shoes. If you point your motorcycle onto dirt roads, it’s best not to wear...

Avon TrekRider Adventure Sport Tires | Gear Review

Before heading to eastern Oregon for the solar eclipse, I updated my BMW F 800 GS rubber with a set of Avon TrekRiders. Motoring...

Dunlop Sportmax Q4 Tires | Gear Review

As the only motorcycle tire manufacturer that designs and develops product specifically for the American market (unlike other brands that market tires in the...

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