What tire size should I run?
For the most part a 4.25″ rim uses a 150/60-17 you can use a 140 when you have clearance issues.
The 5.0″ rim typically uses a 160/60-17
These are not set in stone but the tire manufactures recommend those sizes to be used.
What is the best tire for supermoto?
Tire choice is a preference. You need to look at where and how you ride. If your just using your bike to commute back an forth to work you need a tire that is a little harder in compound or a dual compound tire. If your speeding up and down the canyons you need a softer tire that has good grip and allows you to lean the bike for high speed turns. If you ride on dirt roads a dual sport or adventure style tire would be best.
Below we have listed some of the most common tires used for supermoto bikes.
Dual compound tires.
Michelin Pilot Power 2CT – dual-compound technology wear resistance in the center of the tread, and grip on the shoulders. The rubber compound in the center is harder to withstand aggressive acceleration and braking. The rubber compound in the shoulder is softer to maximize grip on the lean angle. Unprecedented lean angles 50.6 degrees dry and 41.9 in the wet. Rubber mix remains tacky even at low temperatures
Michelin Power RS – Incorporates ACT (Adaptive Casing Technology) developed from Michelin race tires for improved grip and unique feel. Front tire profile optimized to promote quick turn in and accurate feedback. 2CT compound used on the front tire to enhance corner grip without compromising longevity. 2CT+ compound on rear tire reduces sidewall flex at lean and increases corner exit stability. Outstanding grip in wet or dry condition. (W)-rated for speeds of 168+ mph
Pirelli Diablo Rosso II – Bi-Compound design gives long lasting mileage on the road and superb grip at full lean. Pirelli Enhanced Patch Technology (EPT) optimizes the contact patch for improved grip. Functional Groove Design (FGD) to optimize wet road riding behavior. Provides exceptional braking grip and feel
Pirelli Diable Rosso III – WSBK-derived profile for agile response, quick turn-in and transitions. “Flash” racing tread pattern promotes uniform wear for performance consistency throughout the tire’s life. Bi-compound design with a wide race compound strip offering full grip from mid-lean angle. High-performance silica compounds improve grip across a wide range of temperatures for optimal grip in all conditions. Large footprint area for improved adherence. W-rated for speeds of 168+ MPH
Single compound tires.
Dunlop Sportmax GPR-300 – Radial tire technology helps to provide enhanced grip in wet and dry conditions. Optimized construction to enhance handling and responsiveness for street-going sport riding. Advanced belt design and Jointless Band (JLB) rear tire construction utilizes a continuously wound belt for smooth performance and a consistent tire contact patch. Aggressive sport-derived tread pattern for enhanced on-bike appearance
Continental Conti Attack SM – Extraordinary light handling with outstanding grip curve stability. 0°-steel belt construction on the front and rear for higher stability and feedback when braking into and accelerating out of curves. Good cold grip and quick tire warm-up through a newly developed Black Chili tread compound, specially designed for supermoto riding. Approved Continuous Compound Technology ensures high mileage and maximum grip in extreme lean angles. Traction Skin provides an extremely safe and short tire break-in for the ContiAttack. This is possible due to the revolutionary raw tread surface, which is the result of a new mold coating technology which eliminates the need for tire-release agents.
Dual sport tires.
Avon Trailrider – 90% on-road, 10% off-road New Super Rich Silica Compound using the very latest compounding technology to enhance wet grip
Multi-compound treads on radial rears to enhance mileage and grip. Interlocking three dimensional points hidden in the sipes to improve stability and grip, limit tread flex and allow the tire to warm up quickly – 3D SIPES (radial tires). High tech carcass construction and next generation compounds deliver superb grip and handling.
Continental TKC 80 – 40% on-road and 60% offroad. Compound and wide block tread pattern deliver optimal on and offroad grip and performance. Excellent braking and traction on a wide range of surfaces from loose to hard pack. High cornering stability on soft terrain. Good self-cleaning properties
Pirelli MT 60RS Corsa – 60% on road and 40% off road. Radial tire designed for supermoto bikes, that ensures light handling. Optimized pattern design for street use. More grip with cornering pleasure provided by the Corsa supermoto compound. 160/60-17 only the 150 is not available.