Understanding ADV Motorcycle Tires
By Ron Lieback
Photos by Donni Reddington
Let’s give the ADV tire engineers a break. These fine individuals are tasked with one of the most difficult jobs in the two-wheel industry: creating safe and sticky tires that don’t work in not just one, but all conditions.
Take a second to think about what is required to build a successful adventure motorcycle tire. These rubber shoes must have enough grip to conquer canyon twisties, but enough tread to slay muddy back roads.
The compound has got to be soft enough to conform to the roads, but hard enough to survive cross-country adventures.
Oh, and they must be offered at a price that the market is willing to pay. As you see, it’s a tough gig in the ADV tire industry.
Because of the several (and not always the same) needs of ADV riders, engineers have developed various types of tires for your adventure motorcycle. The thing is, it’s a game of giving and take for the consumers. One option may perform better for road riding, while another is superb off-road.
There’s selection, and understanding which you need is vital to successful adventuring.
Here, we will jump into the options the market has to offer, and how to choose the proper tire for your riding.