2015 Motorcycle Tyres
Posted by Canstar Blue September 26th 2016
Keep your motorbike planted on the road with our guides and articles about tyre care, maintenance, and shopping.
* Overall satisfaction is an individual rating and not a combined total of all ratings. Brands with equal overall satisfaction ratings are listed in alphabetical order.
Canstar Blue research finalised in July 2015, published in August 2015.
Michelin speeds off with our customer satisfaction award for motorcycle tyres
There’s no point having a great motorcycle if you don’t have quality, reliable tyres to ride on. That’s why Canstar Blue has sought the opinions of Aussie motorcyclists to determine which tyre brands are living up to their expectations and keeping them confident on the roads.
Our survey findings revealed a worrying lack of tyre safety knowledge on the part of some motorists, however. A significant 27% admitted they are not sure what the legal tyre safety standards are, and 18% are not sure how to check if their tyres are too worn.
As a result, 27% have driven on tyres they suspect were below legal safety standards.
Of course, quality tyres can be expensive and we found the average spend of survey respondents to be $308 per tyre. A significant three out of five bikers told us they are wary of being ripped off when they go to buy new tyres, with 20% taking the cheapest options available.
Cost doesn’t always relate to quality, but it’s important to do your homework when buying something so crucial. As the only thing connecting your motorcycle to the road, quality tyres can be a life-saver – and you can’t put a price on that.
This is the first year we’ve produced customer satisfaction ratings for motorcycle tyres and we’re pleased to report that Michelin has stood out from the crowd with a near-faultless set of results. This adds to Michelin’s recent success in earning our Most Satisfied Customers Award for car tyres. In such a competitive space, holding both awards represents a fantastic achievement.
Value for money
It’s hugely important to buy new, reliable tyres whenever your old ones drop below legal safety standards. But nobody wants to pay more than they have to and any brand that can strike the perfect balance between affordability and quality is on to a winner. From our survey findings, Michelin and Bridgestone have done just that.
Life of tyre
It’s probably fair to say that most consumers won’t mind paying a premium price for an item if they know it’s a quality product that is going to last for a good length of time. Quality and longevity should certainly be on your motorcycle tyres wish list and our findings show that Michelin stands out from the crowd in this area.
Wet weather handling
Unless you’re really unlucky, chances are you’ll spend more of your time riding in dry conditions than wet. However, it’s hugely important your tyres are up to the job of handling well in the rain, should the heavens open on your travels. Our survey respondents have scored Michelin and Pirelli top marks for wet weather handling.
Dry weather handling
If you spend most of your time riding in dry conditions – this is Australia after all – then you’ll want your tyres to perform at their optimum level for as long as possible. For dry weather handling, Pirelli has been rated No.1.
Hopefully you won’t find yourself in a position where you need to slam down the brakes too often, but in the event that you do, you’ll want to be in safe hands, knowing your tyres are up to the job. When it comes to stopping ability, Michelin and Metzeler both rated five stars.
Frequently asked questions
Canstar Blue commissioned I-view to survey 882 Australian motorcycle riders in order to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased a motorcycle tyre in the last 18 months – in this case, 392 Australians.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then alphabetically. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.