What are the best motorcycle tyres for cornering?

By Julia Freeman

Motorcycle tyres come in an array of sizes a tread styles, and having good tyres makes a significant difference to motorcycle performance. Whether on a straight road or going round bends and corners, having the right tyres is important.

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Safe and smooth cornering is one of the most valuable features for a rider, and as you might suppose, the best profile for cornering grip is generally a ‘round’ shape. This shape gives the most contact with the road at all angles and allows for predictable cornering because there is no sudden transition at the ‘shoulder’. Some of the best motorcycle tyres for cornering are the following.

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The Bridgestone Battlax RS10

This tyre was designed for use on the track and then adapted for street use. The RS10 is the OE of choice on several of the leading sport bikes. It features new compounds and a re-engineered tread design that helps it deliver outstanding line-holding precision, braking stability and steering response. Additionally, it offers fast and smooth acceleration out of corners, high-speed stability, and improved dry braking and handling.

The Bridgestone Battlax S22

The new Battlax S22 can be used on both road and track and offers excellent grip whilst maintaining reasonable levels of wear. It also excels in wet weather conditions.

The Metzeler M7RR

This tyre is reputedly the fastest tyre that can be fitted to a road-biased bike. That means the tread pattern is optimised for dry weather performance and low rolling resistance, but the M7RR still copes reasonably well with wetter and cooler conditions. This could be a good tyre choice for bikes like the Suzuki GSX-R100, BMW S1000RR, Aprilia Tuono or Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade. Tyres optimised for speed are often poor on durability, but many users are reporting hey have been able to get in excess of 5000 miles out of them - which isn’t bad for a tyre in this class.

The Pirelli Diablo SuperCorsa SP

The Diablo SP is designed for track use (although it is street legal) and provides excellent performance in dry/warm conditions. This is another tyre designed for speed and is made from a bi-compound that gives a great combination of grip and stability, but also pretty good mileage. The Diablo Supercorsa SP rear tyre has a carcass made from Pirelli’s own highly-innovative high module fibre which results in a considerably lower deformation ratio and gives extra resistance to the stress caused by aggressive cornering.

The Michelin Commander II

The Michelin Commander II is a wide and squat tyre designed for cruisers like Harley Davidsons or the new Indians from Polaris. It is one of the best cruiser tyres on the market offering reliability, performance, and longevity. It gives riders of big bikes confidence when cornering, braking or accelerating, and can last up to 20,000 miles.

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When it comes to motorcycle tyres, Protyre garages offer a good range of options at various price-points, including many premium tyres from leading makers such as Pirelli, Michelin, and Bridgestone. All Protyre garages are staffed by experienced and qualified fitters who will be happy to help if you have any questions about tyres or general motorcycle maintenance. Find your closest Protyre garage by simply entering your postcode in the search function on our website, then use the online contact form to send an enquiry or book in for a completely free tyre check-up.

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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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