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10 Motorcycle Tires and Tire Accessories

Track Tires
Racing tires are specially designed to grip the track and prevent slipping.
Racing tires are specially designed to grip the track and prevent slipping.

Track tires are high performance. So why not just slap 'em on your aggressive street bike? Because track tires aren't street tires, that's why. Simply, a track tire makes you slower on the road.

Here's why:

First, track tires are designed to grab like gecko's feet to the road. They do this with soft, treadless rubber -- great for a smooth, dry track, but the tiniest bit of rain puts you up the creek -- and say goodbye to your gas mileage. Second, track tires generally have a high arch and high crown, allowing them to flip from left to right like a coin on its edge and ride smoothly in an aggressive lean -- great for high-speed cornering, but at the expense of stability. Also, despite sticky rubber, the track tire itself is more rigid, built to stand up to the increased load of high-speed cornering -- but this can make it chatter on street bumps. Finally, and this is a little more esoteric, a track tire is designed for fewer heat cycles. You heat it up, ride it, then you cool it down, as opposed to a street tire that's going from cold to warm with every stop. Track tires take longer to warm up, and until they do, riding a cold track tire is like riding a rock.

If you're trailering your bike to the track for a sunny day's ride, pick up a pair of slicks. Otherwise, stick with street tires, or at the very least, a sport crossover tire with enough tread to keep you alive in a drizzle.