Our review compares motorcycle tyres on customer satisfaction, so you can find out what other Aussies think about the compared brands before you go ahead with a purchase. Think of it as like asking hundreds of your closest mates which motorcycle tyre they think is best!
Canstar Blue surveyed 257 Australians for their feedback on the motorcycle tyre(s) they’ve purchased in the last three years. Note: this does not include retreads.
The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.
Find more detailed information on our Most Satisfied Customer methodology.
French manufacturer Michelin is a popular option for two-wheel enthusiasts, whether you’re looking to head off-road or stick to the streets, with plenty of options available for Aussie riders to choose from. Its online range is divided into motorcycle type or riding experience to help narrow down what type of tyres may best fit your needs, along with a number of product types if you know what you’re after.
Product types include the City Grip range, ideal for those who stick to the city streets for the majority of their riding, along with Road and Power tyres for those with a bit more grunt to their bikes. Micheline also offers Scorcher tyres made specifically for Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Commander tyres for cruiser bikes and Anakee, StarCross and Enduro tyres for those who prefer dirt roads over paved roads.
Like cars, motorcycles may require a certain size tyre to operate safely and effectively, meaning it’s important to look at the size of a tyre in addition to the brand and type. On the side of your tyre, you’ll see a few numbers and letters, like in the image below, of all which have a corresponding meaning.
Photo credit: Tyre Size Calculator.com
This code relates to requirements necessary to choosing a motorcycle tyre, which are explained below:
In addition to different sizes, you can also choose between narrow and wide motorcycle tyres, but what’s the difference, and which one is better? Wider tyres generally provide more grip due to the higher surface area, and can handle higher horsepower as a result – which is why you’ll generally see them on cruiser or sports motorcycles – while narrow tyres are lighter and are generally more manoeuvrable, performing better on dirt roads than its wider counterparts.
While you’ll be able to choose what type of tyres you want on certain types of motorcycles, you won’t be given the option on all models, as wide and narrow tyres also have different weight bearing loads and power compatibilities. If your motorcycle has a high CC engine, you’ll need wider tyres to accommodate the power and torque coming through the wheels, with your local tyre retailer able to help if you’re looking for a new set of wheels to safely get back on the road.
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Site Editor, Dean Heckscher. He’s our resident expert on all things automotive, health & fitness, streaming and more. Dean is also one of Canstar Blue’s customer research report producers, helping to turn complicated subjects into easily-digestible information for our readers. He’s passionate about helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services.
Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.
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