Sport-tourers include a variety of designs from large technology-laden models such as BMW’s K1600GT, to Kawasaki’s more traditional Ninja 1000 to Ducati’s long-travel Multistrada and Yamaha’s FJ-09. With some luggage and a willing disposition you can, of course, set out for a far away destination aboard your new Yamaha R1 and call it sport-touring. And if you do, the tires in this Buyer’s Guide will certainly be a better choice than the sticky hoops you’d normally install on a sportbike.

For a look at the current crop of sport-touring bikes on which to install the tires in this Buyer’s Guide check out these latest shootouts:
2014 Heavyweight Sport-Touring Shootout
2014 Sport-Touring Final SmackDown
Middleweight Sport-Touring Shootout



According to Avon, the company’s Storm 3D X-M sport-touring tires deliver 15% to 20% more mileage compared to the current Storm range. The Storm 3D X-M features single and multi-compound super rich silica (SRS) tread for increased wet grip, and interlocking three-dimensional points hidden in the sipes to improve stability and grip. These high-performance tires are intended for bikes such as Hayabusas and Kawasaki’s Concours. Best of all, Avon includes a road hazard warranty. Prices range from $193 – $210 for fronts, and $233 – $287 for rears. For more go to



Bridgestone lists seven different sport-touring tire models on its website, including radials as well as bias-plys for both current and not-so-current sport-touring motorcycles. The company’s newest offering are the BT-023s. The tires feature silica plus an RC polymer for increased wet-weather performance and tire life. Rear BT-023s features 3LC dual compound technology. Fronts are available in five sizes ranging from $163 – $178, while rears come in two sizes ranging in price from $197 – $251. For more information go to



Continental offers four versions of its RoadAttack tires: ContiRoadAttack, ContiRoadAttack 2, ContiRoadAttack 2 EVO and ContiRoadAttack 2 Gran Turismo. The company also has the ContiMotion, a “new premium brand all-season Sport-Touring radial for the price conscious rider.” Continental also claims the 0° steel-belt construction on the rear provides excellent stability and ride comfort. Rear sizes range from 150s to 190s, and in price from $115 – $138, while fronts come in 110 and 120 sizes between $87 and $99. For more information go to



Sport-touring tires from Dunlop consist of one model, the Sportmax Roadsmart II. The dual-compound rear tire incorporates a long-wearing compound in the center of the tire and a lateral-grip compound on the tire’s shoulders. A special silica additive is said to enhance wet grip, while micro-sized carbon particles improve dry-weather grip. “Cosecant-curve tread design with deep and long grooves helps evacuate water in both straight-line and cornering conditions.” Four sizes of front tires range in price from $167 – $178, while eight sizes of rear tires range from $204 – $247. For more information visit



Metzeler claims the Roadtec Z8 Interacts offer the best wet performance in the Sport-Touring segment. A bold statement, backed up by technologies such as three-zone-tension, a high-silica compound with nano particles, and a profile shape inspired by the Greek letter “Pi,” all of which conspire to deliver performance and safety in all weather conditions. Tire sizes are numerous and prices range from $200 – $222 for fronts, and $241 – $318 for rears. For more check out



For Michelin, sport-touring tires are all about the sipes. The company lists five sport-touring tire models, Pilot Road 2, Pilot Road 3, Pilot Road 4 GT, Pilot Road 4 Trail, and Pilot ACTIV. Michelin says its X-Sipe technology in the company’s latest-generation 2CT dual compound tires creates unbeatable wet-weather grip and tread life. Michelin makes a special 180/55-17 “B” version rear specifically designed for loaded sport-touring rigs or riding two-up. The two front sizes retail for $248 – $251, while the four rear sizes retail for $308 – $358. Check out Michelin’s sport-touring hoops at



For sport-touring tires from Pirelli you get a choice between Angel, Angel GT, Sport Demon and MT 75. The sportier choices are the two Angel models, while the others lean more toward the touring side of the equation. According to Pirelli, the Angel GT is “stretching the concept of Sport-Touring into Gran Turismo, bringing the sporty attitude to a wider range of conditions and for longer distances. We call it EMS Extended Mileage Sport.” The bi-compound tire is said to have excellent performance consistency throughout its life. Angel GT rears come in a variety of sizes ranging in price from $236 – $303, while fronts range in price from $200 – $209. For more insight, check out Troy Siahaan’s review of the Angel GT or go to



Shinko offers four sport-touring tires: Podium, Raven, Verge and Verge 2X. The Verge 2X is Shinko’s newest offering for sport-touring rigs, featuring dual-compound construction and revised siping for improved traction in wet weather and tire longevity. The front tire is an aramid belt construction while the rear is steel belted. The four rear sizes range in price from $199 – $212, the two front sizes are only separated by a dollar, $116 – $117. Check out these and Shinko’s other sport-touring tires at

Vee Rubber


At $96 for a front and $155 to $162 for a rear, Vee Rubber’s VRM-387R Traveler tires are certainly more affordable than other sport-touring tires in this list. Vee Rubber says the ZR-rated Travelers feature a specially formulated deep-tread design for dispersing water and extending mileage. The center and sidewalls feature compounds for even wear throughout the tires’ life. The VRM-387R Travelers, as well as all of Vee Rubber’s motorcycle tires, can be found at

  • Jack Meoph

    I’m trying out a pair of Pirelli sport demons on the Ninjette, they are obviously better for grip than the OEMs. If they work out I may just start putting them on all my bikes.

  • boo thang

    love my bridgestone t30s.. but its the only sport touring tires i’ve bought.


    I have tried just about every brand there is and keep coming back to Michelin, Road 4 GT for me. Thats what I am currently on.

  • John B.

    Very informative article Tom; I emailed it to myself for future reference. I have had great results with Pirelli Angel GT’s on my Kawasaki Concours. I got 10,623 miles on my first set (several long distance road trips) and felt confident in all weather and riding conditions. Road debris punctured the rear tire on my second set of GT’s after about 700 miles, but that was a fluke (I glided safely to a stop). In North Texas we have to ride several hours to get to anything remotely twisty or inclined. As such, a dual compound tire that provides durability on highways and and extra grip in the twisties works well.

  • George Erhard

    I had a set of Avon touring tires on my K75RT, great tires, but the Triumph Sprint 1050 is a bit more sporty, right now I’m running Dunlop sport tires on it. I’m in the same situation as John B, in that N. Texas has a distinct lack of anything with curves in (and trying to canyon-carve on cloverleafs is … well, suicidal in Dallas traffic). So something with straight-line longevity coupled with grip in the corners would be ideal.

  • Rob Alexander

    I have the Pilot Road 4s on my KTM 990 SMT and love them, great feel, they don’t seem to care about road irregularities and they’re wearing well so far. I have to admit, I probably don’t ride it as hard as some will.

  • Blackxjr

    I have Pirelli Angel GT’s on my Yamaha XJR1300, only got a couple of thousand kilometres on them but they still look new, they work very well.

  • novemberjulius

    New rider here. How important if at all is tread pattern? I’m not an aggressive rider, but I occasionally have unusual road conditions.

    • Tom Roderick

      The function of a tire’s tread pattern is dispersing water. All these tires claim excellent wet weather grip. Preferences among tires differs between individuals. Not sure what you mean by “unusual road conditions,” but as long as you ride smart in adverse weather conditions, you’ll be fine.

      • novemberjulius

        Thanks Tom. I live in Utah, so we have potholes, asphalt patches (the kind that aren’t flush with the surrounding pavement), warped asphalt, sinkholes, debris, gravel, rocks. snow, edge traps, roadkill, banana peels, etc. That’s what I mean by unusual conditions. Of course, somethings you can’t do much about like mattresses, 2×4’s, snow, and black ice.
        Again, thanks for the recent tire guides you MO had put up recently. Very helpful for a new guy like me.

      • Tim Kern

        …and every one will aquaplane if you go too fast or if you’re not paying attention. So feel what the bike is telling you, and if you don’t KNOW, then slow down.

  • MrOrangeVest

    The Bridgestone entry appears to be incorrect. The BT023 is not the newest and has been replaced by the T30 model. Some of our resident fast guys claim they are good enough for trackday duty in the street and intermediate classes, so I would take that to mean they stick pretty good when not vertical.

  • Andrew Capone

    Nicely done, Tom. I’m looking to go from the stock Scorpions on my Tiger 800 to a more road- biased ST tire. I’m thinking the Pilot Road 4 might be the ticket, and I understand the ‘Trail’ moniker isn’t really about dual purpose, but a slightly different compound for ADV-esque bikes.

  • Y.A.

    Wish you guys actually compared em on a bike. I had to replace the rear on my 06 ER6 and I changed the front as well as they were original to the bike. I got Pilot Road 4s. They are nice. They feel weird for the first 100 or so miles but now they are great. Slightly more steering effort but that’s paid back in tons more steering stability. It was pretty much a crapshoot though. I’d love to be able to compare tire profiles and other data, there’s little to no comparative data available for motorcycle tires.

    • Paul M Edwards

      I agree; I was hoping for a comparison, not a single page listing all the MSRP and marketing crap from the manufacturer’s brochures.

    • Tim Kern

      It’s just a compendium of manufacturers’ specs and claims, the same thing you could get yourself if you took the time to read the tire makers’ websites.

      • Y.A.

        Tire Rack has some great comparison tests of tires. Noise, grip, lap times, dry/wet measurements, the works. Wish CW could do the same for motorcycle tires but they may be too dependent on that ad revenue

  • Tim Kern

    So, you wonder why so many bikes have rotted or bald tires, when a mounted pair of new hoops costs upwards of $500?