If you’re looking for the best Supermoto tyres, you’ve come to the right place.
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This guide shows you all the tyres you can fit to your Supermoto. We’ve broken it down into two main categories: road tyres and racing tyres. Then further broken these main sections down into knobbly, fast road, road-legal trackday, non-road legal racing and Supermoto racing wets.
Supermoto tyres vs Motorcycle tyres
A Supermoto is a totally different beast to a normal road-going motorcycle and that’s why most of the major manufacturers have developed Supermoto-specific tyres. However a lot of the fitments for regular motorcycles work well on Supermotos. Modern tyres, especially the tyres designed for lighter bikes like 125s and middleweight Supersports will also work extremely well on a Supermoto.
Some of the major manufacturers also produce Supermoto specific versions of their tyres, that often have the letters SM in the tyre name to distinguish them. These tyres are often produced with a lighter carcass, a slightly different tread pattern or a modified compound to suit lighter Supermoto bikes.
Supermotos originate from motocross bikes that were converted to run 17″ wheels and tyres that are closer to road-tyres than motocross tyres. Built for racing, Supermotos are light and punchy and often run higher lean angles than road bikes. This is mainly due to the motocross riding style that most Supermoto riders adopt, where you push the bike down, rather than hang off it.
Of course not all Supermoto riders are racers and plenty of SMs never see a track but they are used to lark about on the road. The right tyre makes all the difference, to allow you to fully exploit the potential of your Supermoto. Even if you’re just an average road rider, you’ll probably find you get your SM leant over more than you would a road bike because the lack of weight makes them easier to flick around.
Choosing the best Supermoto tyres
This guide shows you all the Supermoto tyres you can buy in the UK but in order to choose the best tyres for your bike, you need to be honest with yourself about how and where you’re going to use them. It’s no good buying a sticky trackday tyre if 80% of your riding is commuting to work. Likewise if you’re going racing, a cheaper set of tyres that are designed to work well in all weathers and return good mileage won’t help you shave off those final tenths.
Do they make a Supermoto tyres that can win a club race, allow you to ride to work on a cold wet Tuesday and return 4,000 miles? Er… no. However they do make a tyre that’s great for each of those three different scenarios.
It’s about compromise but this guide is designed to help you make the right compromises, in order to fit the best tyres that allow you to enjoy your Supermoto to the fullest wherever you ride.
Every Available Supermoto Tyre
Below we’ve listed pretty much every tyre you can run on your Supermoto. We’ve broken down the list into five main categories:
Road Knobbly – for road riders who want a fast warm-up, plenty of grip and to be able to take on all conditions and all weathers.
Fast Road – tyres aimed at riders who want good grip but also decent mileage and wet-weather ability.
Road legal trackday – these are the stickiest tyres that will provide optimium grip on the road when conditions are perfect and will also be brilliant on track.
Non-road legal race tyres – which are essentially Supermoto-specific slicks for racing and trackdays.
Supermoto Wets – for racers who need to be prepared for any conditions.
If you ride in all conditions on all sorts of roads and you want a tyre that warms up quickly, gives you plenty of grip and feel and can handle a downpour, these are the tyres for you. They won’t necessarily last longer than the ‘stickier’ tyres listed in the next section down but due to their chunkier tread pattern they’ll maintain the tyre’s carcass and surface temperature better when you drop off the pace. These are great tyres for sunny Sunday blasts and the tread pattern will give your SM that ‘race wets’ look. Some riders like to fit a knobbly-looking front along-side the same manufacturer’s fast road rear, for that aggressive race-day look.
Avon’s Trailrider, an 85% road and 15% off-road based tyre. Lot’s of silica for the wet and M+S rated for the winter. These are the replacement for the Avon Gripster.
Do you want your Supermoto to look like a flat tracker or classic Scrambler? If the answer is yes the Bridgestone AX41S is what you need. With sizes to fit Suzuki’s tiny Van Van up to BMW’s latest R1250GS and covering pretty much every Supermoto. Fantastic wet weather performance and excellent mileage due to the rears 3LC dual compounds.
New in 2018 the Bridgestone A41 replaced the A40. With a huge choice of sizes and OE fitments available in sizes suitable for bikes as diverse as the 3 wheeled Yamaha Niken to Ducati’s Scrambler with its unusual 18″ front fitment along with all the common Adventure sizes. A great road/trail tyre.
If you need a tyre capable of a bit of mud bashing and tarmac mile munching the TKC70 could be the one for you. 70% street and 30% off road bias this could be the perfect choice for your adventure bike
Dunlop’s new Mutant is gaining a bit of a following because of, we think, two main reasons. Firstly, it’s a very good tyre, with fast warm up, lots of grip and it’s very good in the wet. Secondly, it looks like a Supermoto wet weather tyre, which makes your SM look the part, even if you’re not going to venture anywhere near a race track.
Metzler Tourance Next
The Tourance Next was the replacement for the Tourance EXP which superceded the classic original Tourance. These have never had the appeal of the original, we think partly because of the more road oriented tread pattern.
Pirelli Scorpion Trail 2
Replacing the original Scorpion in 2015 the Pirelli Scorpion Trail 2 comes with dual compound rear giving great mileage. Nice steering and turn in make this a good choice if you enjoy ‘getting it over’. BMW, KTM and Ducati all have bikes using this one as an original fitment.
Off road looks with on road performance with the MT60RS from Pirelli. Standard fitment on the Scrambler’s from both Triumph and Ducati. Available in the most common sizes of 120/70 ZR17 & 180/55 ZR17 if you fancy green-laning your Honda CBR600RR or similar. And let’s face it, who wouldn’t?
These are sportier tyres with a tread pattern more closely associated with a sportsbike. They’ll be a bit more precise than the knobbly tyres in the section above due to the lack of tread blocks. They’ll warm up fairly quickly and will be at their best when fully up to temperature or when the roads are warm and dry. They’ll handle a downpour no problem but if you’re riding in all weathers, they aren’t our number one choice. If you’re doing a trackday, they’ll handle it well but if you are looking for ultimate lap times, check out the next section down.
Anlas Viento Sport
New for 2020 from Anlas the Viento Sport offers outstanding performance at a incredible price. Perfect budget tyres for fast road riding and novice to immediate trackday riding.
Avon 3D Ultra Evo
Based on the original Avon 3D Ultra the new for 2020 Evo offers better grip and mileage. Still available in all the original sizes including the now hard to get 16″ front fitment for early Fireblades and Hornets.
Good enough for Jeremy McWilliams to get his knee down on it in the wet at the Jerez launch. Incredible wet and dry performance. This tyre can do it all.
Bridgestone BT-090 Pro
If you’re riding a Honda VFR400R NC30 I bet it’s fitted with Bridgestone’s BT090’s (or at least the rear is). It’s still made in the unusual 150/60 HR18 size along with the more common 17″ sizes. If you’re lucky enough to be riding a 250cc stroker or a 16000rpm 400cc RRRRRRRRSP these tick all the boxes.
Continental Conti Attack SM Evo
If backing it in and getting slightly muddy on your supermoto are your thing the Conti Attack SM evo is right up your street. They also come in the sizes suitable for Yamaha’s MT-03 and YZF125 and would work a treat on them and similar machines.
Introduced in 2015 as a replacement for the popular Sportec M5, the M7RR is a truly do-it-all sports tyre for riders who use their bikes in all conditions. We’ve trackdayed them, ridden them through downpours and commuted on them. The 7RR is a great choice for fast road riders
Michelin Pilot Power 2CT
A older tyre but Michelin still produce the 2CT because it’s so popular. It’s a great choice for road riders and one of the first dual compound tyres, with a firmer central compound and a softer shoulder for improved edge grip and tyre life. If you use your bike for commuting and weekend blasts, these are a great choice.
Pirelli Diablo Rosso 2
Superceding the original Rosso the Rosso 2 from Pirelli is a Sports tyre. With sizes suitable for 300cc bikes up to the mighty Ducati Diavel with it’s huge 240/45 ZR17 rear tyre. This one was very popular with my Triumph Street Triple Customers in London when it came out. A good all round sports tyre now at a very good price.
Track (day tarmac) road legal
These are sticky tyres that are designed to be at their best when fully up to temperature. Ideal for sunny Sunday blasts and well-suited to track action. However the rubber compounds and construction are designed to achieve ultimate grip and so these tyres are not at their best when cold and can drop out of their ideal operating temperature fairly quickly, i.e. while you’re rolling through an extended 20mph limit or when it rains. If your rides are short sharp blasts in the height of summer or trackday fun, these are worth a look.
Such a good tyre and a few of the boys here use them for road riding and the occasional trackday.
Continental Race Attack 2
Continental’s original RaceAttack had gained an enormously strong following within the club paddocks of the UK’s 2 wheeled race scene. The new for 2020 ContiRace Attack 2 takes all the originals good points and adds a large dose of improvement in all areas. Minitwin and SuperTwin racers can’t get enough of them.
Dunlop Sportsmart TT
Using Dunlop’s NTEC technology allows these beauties to have the pressure dropped significantly on track creating a huge foot print and unbelievable grip. If 19″ tyre warmers were available for the front you wouldn’t need them as these heat up really quick and Dunlop suggests you don’t need to use them on this tyre. Available in Adventure bike sizes too!
Metzler Racetec RR K3
If you are ‘old school’ and ride to trackdays rather than put it in the back of a van, these will work for you.
Michelin Power Cup Evo
The Power Cup Evo from Michelin is now only made in the smaller sizes suitable for bikes like Kawasaki’s Ninja 300. They are a road legal race tyre based on the Power Slick Evo. Tyre warmers can be used but are not necessary. Just don’t forget your kneesliders.
Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa V3 SC
If you want the most expensive treaded race tyre available in the UK this one is for you! The SC is the ‘racing’ tyre whereas the SP is the more road-orientated trackday tyre.
Goldspeed Precut Slick
Goldspeed Streetsport Ultra
Track only (not road legal) Slick
You might well wonder what tyres the top Supermoto racers use. The Supermoto World Championship, run by the FIM S1 GP has a contract with Michelin who are the sole tyre supplier. The riders use the full range of Michelin racing tyres; the Power Supermotos and the Wets. The British Supermoto Championship is run by Nora Sport and they run different rules depending on the class. In the majority of the Supermoto classes, there are no control tyres and the rules state that: “Standard fitment 17×3.50 Front / 17×4.25 Rear (no 16.5’’ or 16’’ front wheels will be permitted). Road legal tyres only. Tyre warmers are permitted.” If you want the ultimate trackday grip and are fortunate enough toh ave a second set of rims, you could run these Supermoto slicks on track and switch back to road tyres for your road miles.
Bridgestone V02 front + R02Z YCX rear
The longest lasting best performing slick on the market at the moment. The Bridgestone V02 is as capable at Cadwell Park as it is at Jerez, an awesome choice of a tyre.
Pirelli Diablo Superbike Slick
The tyre used by British Superbike (BSB) and World Superbike (WSBK) championships. They’re not cheap but if you want some of the stickiest rubber ever to be made for apex hunting fun, these are the ones for you. Available in four different compounds but the SC1 front and SC2 rear is the most popular combination.
Metzeler Racetec SM
Supermoto specific available in 16.5 inch and 17 inch front + 17 inch rear
Michelin Power Supermoto
If mud, dirt and tarmac is your thing these Power Supermotos from Michelin tick all the boxes. Lot’s of sizes including that hard to find 16″ front fitment. Supermoto specific available in 16 inch, and 16.5 inch front + 17 inch rear.
Dunlop KR106SM + KR108SM
The ultra-successful, multi-championship winning race tyres as used by world class riders, the KR106 is the premium winning race tyres for professionals. Designed for use with KR108 rears. Supermoto specific available in 16.5 inch front + 17 inch rear.
Supermoto specific available in 16.5 inch front + 17 inch front
Track only (not road legal) Rain
In World Supermoto, Michelin are the current sole tyre supplier and riders use their wet tyres. In UK Supermoto, if the race director declares a ‘Wet Race’ riders will have the option to use a specialist “wet” race tyre from Avon, Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Pirelli, Metzeler or Michelin only.
The W01 gives you the feedback and grip to feel totally confident at any lean angle in the wettest conditions.
Pirelli Diablo Rain
Ultimate wet weather grip.
Metzeler Racetec SM Rain
Supermoto specific available in 16.5 inch and 17 inch front + 17 inch rear
Michelin Power Supermoto Rain
Specifically made for the wet weather Supermoto racing the Michelin Supermoto Rain is the moist popular SM rain fitment in the UK today. Supermoto specific available in 16 inch, and 16.5 inch front + 17 inch rear.
Supermoto specific available in 16 inch, and 16.5 inch front + 17 inch rear
Dunlop KR189 + KR389
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Supermoto Tyres FAQ
Can I run cut slicks on the road?
Nope, they’re not road legal.
Is a Ducati Hypermotard a Supermoto?
Oh dear, this is a debate that could run on and on. Purists believe that a supermoto is a single-cylinder motorcycle, derived from a Motocross bike. Manufacturers never used to produce Supermotos; they were built by people who bought the MX bike and then fitted 17″ wheels. They rose in popularity and of course, manufacturers jumped on the bandwagon and produced factory Supermotos. Bikes like KTM’s 690 SMC and Husqvarna’s 701. However there are also Softmotos, bikes like the Suzuki DRZ400 and also 152 Supermotos like the Aprilia SX125 SM and these have blurred the likes somewhat. Is a Honda FMX650 more of a Supermoto than a KTM 950 Supermoto purely due to the fact the Honda is a single cylinder and the KTM a twin cylinder? If you’ve ridden both, you’ll know that the KTM has far more of a Supermotos aggressive get-up-and-go feel than the Honda.
So is a Supermoto defined by the bike’s engine, the bike’s roots, where it’s ridden or the way it’s ridden? Only you can judge.
Are 16.5 inch tyres better than 17 inchers?
16.5″ tyres were popular a decade ago due to the fact that top-flight motorcycle racing (World Superbike, etc) used to run 16.5″ slicks and so the best tyres manufacturer’s produced were of this size. However times have changed and now all top-flight motorcycle racing used 17″ tyres, the same as those found on your road-going motorcycle. And while some 16.5″ tyres are available, development has all but stopped and tyre technology continued to improve in leaps and bounds. So your super-sticky 16.5″ race slick is probably not as good a tyre as a track-focused road-legal 17″ tyre. Times move on and so should you.
Who makes the best Supermoto tyres?
Tough one to answer. For the road, we think that Bridgestone’s range is well suited to Supermoto riders but there is plenty of choice out there. For the track, Goldspeed have something of a cult following but we really rate the Metzeler range.
Can I run different makes of tyre on the front and rear?
Yes you can and despite what they say on the forums, you probably won’t fall off. However it’s always best to run the same make and model tyre where possible as the tread patterns have been designed to work together, especially when it comes to water dispersal.
Can I run a wet front and a slick rear?
On track, yes you can and believe it or not this is a fairly popular combination in Supermoto races but if you’re an average rider (like we are) and you run your SM on trackdays, just stick to a road-legal trackday tyre and you’ll have a blast.
What are the best tyres for my Suzuki DRZ-400 SM?
What are the best Supermoto tyres for off-road?
What pressures should I run my Supermoto tyres at?
Do I need tyres warmers on a trackday?
If you are running road-legal tyres you don’t have to have warmers but we always run them where we can as they ensure the tyre is good to go from the moment you leave pitlane, maximising your tracktime and minimising the risk of you crashing due to cold tyres.
If you’ve read this guide and you’re still not sure of the best Supermoto tyres for your riding style, give us a buzz on 0207 205 2205 and we’ll do our best to help. Here at Two Tyres we’re motorcycle tyre specialists and we’re passionate about those black round things that make all the difference to your enjoyment on two wheels. So don’t be shy, give us a call if you think we can help.