Find the right motorcycle tyres

By Julia Freeman

There are many kinds of motorcycle tyre and a wide variation in price, so choosing new ones may seem like a daunting prospect but we have designed out website to make it easy to compare them and our tyre professionals are always here to help.


To find the right tyres for your bike, you should consider the following things:

  • The type of bike you have

  • The size tyres you need

  • Where you use your motorbike

  • How much you can afford to spend

The main types of tyre

Like motorcycles, bike tyres broadly fall into four main designations; cruiser/touring, dual-sport/ADV, everyday road tyres, and off-road or dirt bike tyres. Knowing which category your machine and riding habits fall into makes your decision much easier. Some bikes, and their riders, fall between two stools but fortunately so do some tyres.
Cruiser/touring tyres are designed to give long mileage and good traction in wet weather. Cruiser bikes include Harley-Davidson Softails, the Yamaha Bolt and Kawasaki Vulcan. Touring bikes include the Harley-Davidson Street Glide, the Honda Gold Wing and the Yamaha Venture. Tyres intended for these bikes generally have stiff sidewalls, greater tread depth and use harder compounds.
Dual Sport/ADV tyres are designed to handle some off-road use. Examples include the Africa Twin, and KTM Super Adventure 1250. Examples of matching tyres include Continental’s Trail Attack 2, the Dunlop D606 and Michelin Anakee Wild. Each tyre offers a different balance between on and off-road optimisation.
Tyres optimised for normal road use have harder rubber and longer durability, combined with good grip in all conditions. Examples include Dunlop Roadsmarts, Michelin Pilot Road 2 and the Pirelli Angel STs.
For use on rough and unpaved terrains including mud, dirt, gravel, and sand, you need rugged tyres with great traction, so dirt and off-road tyres have deeper tread and reinforced sidewalls. Examples include the Maxxis Maxxcross range, the Michelin Starcross 5 Soft, Medium, Hard or Mini versions, and the Pirelli Scorpion XC.

Buy Motorcycle Tyres

If you are serious about bikes there is little point in blunting your enjoyment by compromising. Choose a premium brand known for the great handling they provide. If biking is primarily a way of getting from A to B on a daily basis, consider a brand offering high durability, fuel economy or a more budget price point.

Bridgestone motorcycle tyres

Bridgestone Battlax tyres are world-class. Versions are available for tourers, racing bikes, motorcycles big and small. Among the best are the Battlax S22, Battlax T31, and the Battlax A41.

Avon motorcycle tyres

Avon make highly-regarded motorcycle tyres, they have been supplying them for over 100 years and are still based in the UK. Some of their most popular include the 3D Storm X-M Sport Touring, the Cobra Chrome, Roadrider MKII and the TrailRider.

Continental motorcycle tyres

Continental are a well-known tyre maker, especially in racing, but they make tyres for all types of motorcycle. Popular examples include the ContiRaceAttack, ContiRoadAttack and ContiSportAttack series, and the TKC 70.

Dunlop motorcycle tyres

Dunlop motorcycle tyres are popular across the globe. They offer tyres for street, off-road and track use. Some of the most popular Dunlop tyres for motorcycles include the RoadSmart III, GP Racer D212, Geomax AT81, and the D952 Motocross. They offer good durability.

Maxxis motorcycle tyres

Maxxis offer many affordable tyres that get good reviews. Popular models include the SuperMaxx ST, Promaxx M6102/M6103, and the Presa Detour MA-PD.

Metzeler motorcycle tyres

Metzeler is a German manufacturer that has been making motorcycle tyres since 1892. They offer reliable, high-performing, and safe tyre choices. Some of their main offerings include their Racetec, Sportec, and Cruisetec series.

Michelin motorcycle tyres

One of the most recognisable brands, Michelin make tyres for a several types of motorcycle including rally bikes, motocross bikes, cruisers, and street bikes. Some of their most popular tyres include the Power 5, Pilot Road, Commander III, Starcross, and Bopper.

Pirelli motorcycle tyres

Pirelli is a name associated with high-quality performance. They offer tyres for on-road and off-road use as well as for track. Some of their most popular motorbike tyres include the Diablo Rosso, Diablo Supercorsa, Scorpion, and Angel GT.

The local garage you can trust

Why not pop-in to your nearest Protyre garage for a free motorcycle tyre check? All Protyre garages are manned by experienced and qualified fitters and our tyre professionals are always happy to help with any queries. You can find the contact details of your nearest Protyre garage by entering your postcode into the search facility on our website.

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By Julia Freeman
Julia is Head of Retail Marketing for Protyre and loves engaging with customers and the business as a whole to make sure Protyre is more than just a local garage.
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