Sport-Touring Tire Buyers’ Guide Part 2

Metzeler Roadtec Z6 INTERACT

The Metzeler Roadtec Z6 has a new INTERACT™ technology guarantees a progressive and intelligent pressure distribution all along the profile ensuring performance exactly where needed for high adaptability to different riding styles. Flexibility of usage thanks to new highly efficient compound mixing technology designed to give maximum stability in all riding conditions. Increased silica / carbon black ratio improves total wet behavior for maximum confidence in every weather condition.


Michelin Pilot Road 3 ( NEW for 2011 )

This is a completely new upgrade to the existing Michelin Pilot Road II tires.  The new pilot road 3 tire uses their Revolutionary X Sipe Technology maximizes wet traction. Michelin’s newest technology delivers all-weather performance without compromising tread life or handling. Patented innovation resulting from years of research and development. Two Compound Technology combines tread life and cornering grip. 2CT incorporated into all tire sizes, front and rear. Wider soft-compound shoulders on the front tire, compared to its Pilot Road 2 predecessor. High performance and environmentally sound. 100% non-aromatic-oil rubber compounds.

So how do you know which Pilot Road tire to use?

During our extensive training with Michelin.  They told us the Pilot Road 2 or Pilot Road 3 are both great for the normal rider. ( Both have excellent grip and tire they both will have similar mileage ).  The key they said is the new Pilot Road 3 tires have even better wet weather traction.  So for the heavy user or commuter that routinely rides in the rain, the Pilot Road 3 is the better choice..  Otherwise save the money and get the lower priced Michelin Pilot Road 2 Tires.


Pirelli Angel ST

The Pirelli Angel ST  tire is built especially for addressing the needs of current sport-touring bikes and from a technical point of view it contains all the major product innovations developed by Pirelli in the last years. The Angel ST has a unique personality which is communicated through the tread pattern. In fact, its features clearly show the image of an Angel to inspire confidence and safety to the rider in any kind of riding conditions: during long journeys as in everyday riding. But after approximately 1000 kilometers (600 miles), the initial angelic image passes – unveiling the icon of a Demon, with its distinctive tail and the other unique features. The Angel ST is a tyre devoted to motorcyclists who like to travel in safety and comfort without sacrificing the thrill of the curve. The first tyre with a double soul.


Michelin Pilot Road 2

Michelin is launching a series-produced tire capable of reconciling longevity with optimum wet grip. This balance was achieved using Michelin’s famous MotoGP technology and its unique strategy of transferring solutions developed in competition to series-produced tires. All shapes and sizes of Michelin Pilot Road 2 tires, both front and rear, are made with Two-Compound Technology (2CT). 2CT combines different rubber types on the tread surface to optimize performance in each specific zone. Used on the Michelin Pilot Road 2, this technology provides excellent traction on wet roads owing to the soft rubber on the shoulders and less wear at the tread center where the rubber is more resistant. As a result, the new Michelin Pilot Road 2 combines qualities that were previously thought to be mutually exclusive. Its excellent grip on wet roads ensures a safe ride while its remarkable wear-resistance offers unprecedented longevity.


Shinko 005

A large block-type tread pattern makes the Advance an excellent all-around Radial tire, offering exceptional braking, cornering, and acceleration characteristics. Other features include a specially designed tread grooves help dissipate water efficiently on wet surfaces, Intermediate rubber compound, and Aramid belts enhance high speed performance.

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