Wondering what different tire types are out there & what their differences are? Let's take a look!
These tires are designed to hold up to heavy bikes and deliver long mileage with good wet weather traction. Since they are intended for heavy motorcycles, cruiser tires have stiffer sidewalls that enable them to handle heftier loads such as two-up riding and saddlebags packed with a ton of gear. Another feature of these tires is that they have more tread depth than most other tires. The combination of deeper tread depth and harder compounds means less wear and more mileage. While this style might have a very sturdy construction they are also a bit heavier than most other tires of comparable size.
Intended for lightweight sport tires and high performance street bikes, sport tires in this category are designed to deliver superb handling from edge to edge. These tires are made of softer compounds that can provide excellent grip and allows riders to lay their bikes deep into corners. Some tires in this category may have a more pronounced center line that makes its quicker and easier for the rider to transition from side to side. A stiff carcass ensures stability and support especially in high speed cornering and braking when forces are greatest.
Many manufacturers use multi compounds in the construction of their high performance tires in an effort to provide a combination of both supreme traction and good mileage wear-although they won't last as long as cruiser tires.
The sport touring tire is made to blend super-sport grip and performance with mile-munching cruiser type wear and longevity – two opposite sides of the spectrum.
Sure, they don’t have anywhere near the outright traction of a pure hyper-sport tire, but sport touring tires have enough grip attack corners and last 6,000, 8,000, or even 10,000 miles. This balance is occasionally accomplished by using a multi-compound tread design that puts a harder rubber down the center of the tire for longevity and softer along the shoulders for grip.
With distinct soft rubber knobbies, dirt only tires are designed to provide maximum grip in mud, dirt, rocks and light sand. Most tread patterns are omni-directional; So when the knobbies wear down in one direction, you can flip the tire around and get some more life out of it! As they are purpose built for the dirt, that’s absolutely where they belong. Dirt tire are not only against the law to run on pavement, they are gonna get you hurt in the street with their excessively “squirrely” behavior! Off-road tires come in different categories depending on what type of terrain you are planning to ride on. Soft, intermediate and hard pack rock.
With distinct knobbies to provide grip in mud, dirt, rocks & light sand, these tires can nearly do it all and get you just about anywhere you want to go without giving up too much performance for the street! When looking into dual-sport tires in you'll find percentages like 80% - 20% (meaning 80% on road & 20% off road) The knobbier the tires, the more off-road capable they will be. Unfortunately the better the tire performs in the dirt, the quicker they wear in the street.For occasional dirt road excursions 90/10’s will usually do the trick. Heidenau’s K60 Scout is a true 50/50 tire, and somehow gets decent mileage as well.