Road tyres for motorcycles : A Giant Pricing Guide With Dozens of Examples

Written by Garry Stephens

Motorcycle road tyres review

Working out the best choice of tyre for your motorcycle can be a tricky, expensive and confusing decision. Tyres can be critical for safety, the competitive edge and buying the wrong tyre can have a dramatic effect on your fuel efficiency.

To save you some time and set you on the right line, I have put together a comprehensive list of motorcycle road tyres, so that you can make an educated choice for the right tyre for your motorcycle.

  1. Metzeler Roadtec 01
  2. Michelin Commander ii
  3. Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart iii
  4. Michelin Pilot Road 4
  5. Pirelli Night Dragon
  6. Pirelli Diablo Rosso ii
  7. Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart iii
  8. Pirelli Mt60 Rs Corsa
  9. Dunlop Sportmax Qualifier
  10. Pirelli Angel City
  11. Continental CONTIROADATTACK 2 
  12. Avon Spirit ST
  13. Pirelli Diablo Rosso III
  14. Bridgestone Exedra Max Bias
  15. Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa
  16. Continental CONTILEGEND 

To clarify, the tyres above aren’t in price order or order of popularity, however they do all have their own unique qualities and range in price. So hopefully we can help you make a decision that is right for your situation and your budget.

Before we get to far into pros, cons, tyre treads and traction ratings, I find that a little bit of insight into the specialist world of motorcycle tyres will help you to understand “What size tyre do I need?” but also it will probably help to understand what our tables below mean.

Trying to get your head around tyre manufacturers codes can be extremely frustrating. Deciphering the numbers on the side of the tyre is key to purchasing the right tyre.

Firstly, there are a number of different types of tyre, so you need to understand your tyres purpose and what the majority of your riding will entail; i.e. it’s not very good putting racing slicks on your tourer, if you are looking to cross the Alps.

If in doubt, can I please recommend looking up in your owners manual the essential size information and recommended tyre type. It is critical to stay within your manufacturers guidelines for type and usage to prevent fuel waste and rider safety.

To determine the ideal motorcycle tire sizing their are 5 main designations to be found on your tyres wall: Width, aspect ratio, speed rating, tyre construction and rim diameter. 

  • 100 = width (millimeters)
  • 90 = aspect ratio (cross-section height is 55% of the width)
  • Z = speed rating (149mph or more)
  • R = radial construction.
  • 18 = diameter (inches)

However be sure to watch out for other critical codes such as

M/C = Motorcycle

73 = Load

Load & Speed index

RatingKm/hMph
B5030
C6037
D6540
E7043
F8050
G9056
J10062
K11069
L12075
M13081
N14087
P15095
Q160100
R170105
S180113
T190118
U200125
H210130
V240150
W270168
Y300186
ZR240+150+

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