Adventure motorcycle tyres
R1200GS, Africa Twin, KTM Adventure, knobbly, trail, green lane, touring, off-road. These are the things we think of when we think about Adventure motorcycling.
Here at Two Tyres, we’re Adventure motorcycle specialists and we hold over 300 tyres in stock.
Adventure motorcycle tyres come in three main types. There are tyres for road riders who never leave the tarmac (or if you do, it’s on a dry trail that you could ride any motorcycle along). A good example of a tyres for this category is the Michelin Pilot Road 5 Trail, which is a road tyre available in the 19-inch Adventure bike front wheel sizes. They’ll help give the bike a planted and comfortable ride on the road and you’ll get the best mileage from them. Other good examples are the Bridgestone T31 and Continental Road Attack 3 which also have compatible sizes. If you want a slightly more off-road capable tyre, the Continental Trailattack 3 and the Bridgestone A41 are the next step in slightly off road looking tyres within this category
Then there are the road tyres with a ‘knobbly’ look and a bit of ability when it comes to green laning. Most adventure motorcycles are supplied with these types of tyres as they look the part. They’ve got tread blocks and they look rugged. They’re still a road tyre but they’ll be a better bet for trail riding than a pure road tyre. However if the trails get wet or muddy, even these rugged-looking tyres won’t be up to the task of getting a 250kg Adventure bike up a muddy forest track. A typical tyre here is a Michelin Anakee Adventure, an Anlas Capra R or a Metzeler Tourance.
Then there are the ‘proper’ off-road capable tyres. These are the ones with the big tread blocks that look like they’ve come from a Monster Truck. A typical tyre here is a Continental TKC80, a Michelin Anakee Wild, Anlas Capra X or a Heidenau K60 Scout and Bridgestone AX41
They’re not great if you’re going to do lots of road miles; the big tread blocks will make the bike wander at speed, the side grip won’t be that good, the ride comfort will be terrible and they’ll wear out in no time at all (think 1,000 miles and you’re doing well).
These aren’t the first choice for road riding. These are the tyres that will help get your Adventure bike up that wet steep incline, over those slippery tree roots and into lands unknown. If you’re riding on wide gravel trails, these are the tyres that will help the bike get purchase and give you lots of confidence when the going gets loose.
If you want to learn more, check out our guide to the best Adventure bike tyres – it includes our recommendations and handy tips to help you pick the right tyre.