Sportbike Race Motorcycle Tire Ranking

    Race motorcycle tires are listed separately from track and sportbike tires because there are specific differences. It can actually be dangerous to use dedicated race tires at track days because unless you run fast times it can be difficult to keep heat in full-on race tires. In this case you would be better off using a highly rated track day tire.

    There aren’t many reviews of motorcycle race tires. At many race levels the tire brand and manufacturer is set, with tire hardness being the main choice. However, in instances where you have a choice of race tire, we wanted to provide some recommendations.

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    # 1 Michelin Power Cup (DOT)

    The top spot is very close between the Michelin Power Cup, the Dunlop UK NTEC KR106/KR108 and the Pirelli Diablo Superbike. The main thing that put the Michelin Power Cup on top is price. Approximately $150 cheaper per set compared to Dunlop UK NTEC. The Power Cup front is also rated the best front by a number of reviewers. If you are looking for a full-on race tire start with the Michelin Power Cup, Dunlop UK NTEC and Pirelli Diablo Superbike and see which best suits your riding style.

    # 2 Pirelli Diablo Superbike (Slick)

    The top spot is very close between the Michelin Power Cup, the Dunlop UK NTEC KR106/KR108 and the Pirelli Diablo Superbike. The Pirelli has a more flexible carcass than the Dunlop NTEC. Some feel this provides more road feel and others feel less confident on the bike because of the flex. If you are looking for a full-on race tire start with the Michelin Power Cup, Dunlop UK NTEC and Pirelli Diablo Superbike and see which best suits your riding style.

    # 3 Dunlop UK NTEC KR106/KR108 (Slick)

    The top spot is very close between the Michelin Power Cup, the Dunlop UK NTEC KR106/KR108 and the Pirelli Diablo Superbike. The Dunlop UK NTEC is a fairly expensive tire. If you are looking for a full-on race tire start with the Michelin Power Cup, Dunlop UK NTEC and Pirelli Diablo Superbike and see which best suits your riding style. Dunlop has a stiffer carcass than other slicks.

    # 4 Bridgestone Battlax Racing (Slick)

    The Bridgestone Battlax Racing Slick is a long wearing tire. It lasts longer than the Dunlop D211 GP-A. The Michelin Power Cup front is preferred over the Battlax Racing Slick.

    # 5 Dunlop USA NTEC KR448/KR449 (Slick)

    While the Dunlop UK NTEC KR106/KR108 is more expensive than the USA NTEC KR448/KR449, many riders say the UK NTEC is worth it because of the increased tire life compared to the USA version. Lap times of the USA NTEC is approximately 1 second slower compared to the UK NTEC.

    # 6 Dunlop D211 GP UK NTEC (DOT)

    The D211 GP is the UK DOT NTEC version. It is slower than either the UK KR106/KR108 or US KR448/KR449 slick.

    # 7 Dunlop D211 GP-A NTEC (DOT)

    The GP-A improved from 2011 to 2012. So, if you rode the D211 GP-A before 2012 you might want to try it again. The UK D211 GP performs and is rated more highly than the USA D211 GP-A. There is a second or less difference between the GP and GP-A.

    # 8 Metzeler Racetec K1, K2 (Slick)

    The Metzeler Racetec K1, K2 slick was rated lower than the Dunlop NTEC and Pirelli Superbike slicks. There were few positive comments about the tire.  buy now Sportbike Race

    # 9 Bridgestone R10 (DOT)

    The Bridgestone R10 gets mixed reviews as a race tire. When hot some feel the grip matches the Dunlop NTEC. When cold the tire performs worse than the D211. Other pure race tires last longer and handle heat cycles better.