Motorcycle Tyres


Two bits of rubber separate you and your bike from the road. Our customer review and ratings may be able to help you when it’s time to choose your next set of motorbike tyres.

* 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 September 2016, published in September 2016.

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2016 Award for Motorcycle Tyres

Most Satisfied Customers | Pirelli

This is the second year we have run motorcycle tyre customer satisfaction ratings. We’re pleased to announce that in 2016, Italian manufacturer Pirelli took out top-spot for motorcycle tyres, achieving five-star review in most areas.

Pirelli tops the ratings for motorcycle tyres

Getting the best handling out of a motorcycle doesn’t just rest on buying the latest sportsbike. Tyres are also a huge proponent to a bike’s performance – that horsepower is essentially going to waste if you can’t even plant rubber on the ground. That’s why Canstar Blue has sourced the opinion of Aussie motorcyclists to determine which tyre brand reigns supreme in giving you peace of mind on the road.

Although, there was a slightly worrying response from those surveyed about what it takes to ensure tyre safety. Just over one in ten (11 per cent) surveyed revealed that they delay tyre purchases for as long as possible, even when they think the tyres should be replaced. 12 per cent also said they drove on tyres thought to be below the legal minimum standard. 15 per cent of respondents also felt they had been ripped off when buying tyres. Overall this represents a significant proportion of bike riders that lack knowledge about bike tyres.

Though, you can feel some sympathy for motorbike riders and their tyres. Our survey revealed that the average spend nationwide was $239.75 per tyre. With this in mind, a significant 30 per cent of bikers revealed they feel wary about being ripped off when buying tyres. This can fuel the rise of low-cost motorbike tyres; just less than one in ten respondents (Nine per cent) admitted to buying the cheapest tyres available. Though, more expensive tyres don’t always equal better quality. However, it’s necessary to do your homework on a vital component of your bike; your tyres could save your life, and you can’t put a price on that.

In the second year running this survey, we are pleased to announce that Pirelli took out the customer satisfaction ratings for motorcycle tyres. With a near faultless score, Pirelli earned five stars overall.

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Value for money

It’s hugely important to buy new tyres whenever your current ones dip below the legal depth standards. Though, we get it – tyres can be expensive. It’s also important to get value for money – none of us like being ripped off! Out of the brands surveyed, it’s good to know most achieved five stars for value for money – Pirelli, Bridgestone and Dunlop all achieved this score. Michelin was not far off, however, scoring four stars.

Life of tyre

No tyre is going to survive endless vicious skids, but it’s still important to try and eke the most out of your tyres. Tyres with poor life can land you in hot water faster – both with the boys in blue, and for handling sticky situations. In 2016, Pirelli was the only brand of those rated to achieve five stars in this category. Michelin and Bridgestone scored four stars, and Dunlop scored three.

Wet weather handling

Riding in the rain flat out sucks. Hopefully you’ll never have to endure days of riding in the rain, but chances are there’ll be the odd occasion when you get caught out. Beyond waiting under a bridge, the best tool you can have while riding in the wet is a set of tyres with good wet weather capabilities. This goes for more than just grip; good wet weather tyres have superior anti-hydroplaning technology as well as a softer compound to stick better to the road. Both the Italian and French giants – Pirelli and Michelin – scored five stars in this regard. With four stars apiece were Bridgestone and Dunlop.

Dry weather handling

Hopefully you’ll be doing the bulk of your riding in dry-weather. As such, this is an important category that indicates all-round performance. Besides Antarctica, Australia is the driest continent on the planet, so your tyres need to cut the mustard. Pirelli was the only brand to score five stars in this category. Michelin and Dunlop each scored four, while Bridgestone was awarded three stars.

Stopping ability

As some wise men once said, it’s not how fast you’re going that’s the problem; it’s how you stop and what you stop into that’s the bigger issue. Having tyres that don’t pull up in time can literally mean the difference between life and death; motorbike riders often dance on a fine line here. Knowing you’re sitting on a set of tyres with great stopping ability can give you peace of mind. In this instance, only Michelin scored five stars here, while Pirelli scored four, and Bridgestone and Dunlop fell behind with three stars each.

Frequently asked questions

Canstar Blue commissioned I-view to survey 1,079 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 new motorcycle tyres in the last 18 months (not retreads) – in this case, 377 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.

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