In this week’s edition of Motorcycle News, Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves has been putting the latest crop of hypersport and sport touring tyres through their paces to see how they stack up against the competition, with Continental products getting some very positive reviews.
First off, Michael tested the latest hypersport tyres on his 2015 BMW S1000RR Sport at the superb Aragon circuit in Spain in cool but dry conditions.
Included in the test was the brand new ContiSportAttack 3, which is now available in the majority of sizes in the UK following recent deliveries. Outscoring the likes of the Bridgestone Battlax S21, Dunlop SportSmart 2 and Michelin Pilot Power 3 our latest hoops came 3rd overall with a score of 7.6/10 from Michael.
In MCN he commented:
“These are the only tyres where the evaluation score doesn’t tally up with the lap time. They might not allow as fast a lap as the Bridgestones manage once they’re up to temperature, but the Contis warm up faster, give instant confidence and let you have fun on a 196bhp superbike. The Continental SportAttack 3 feel more like dedicated trackday tyres than everyday sports rubber, which is an impressive feat, and they gave the BMW nice light stering and a racy feel.”
For the sports touring test, Michael switched to a 2015 BMW R1200RS and completed a 17.5 mile test route around the Alcaniz in Spain, in conditions very much like an English spring – variable!
The ContiRoadAttack 2 EVO is our very latest sport touring tyre, featuring all of our core technologies. With an overall score of 7.5/10, they beat the well-regarded Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT with Michael commenting:
“The Contis brought out the best of the BMW’s touring side. Their plush construction gives the bike a lovely comfortable feel, which would suit cross-continental riding. The front squashes nicely under braking, giving confidence, and they have lots of grip in the wet. But the RoadAttack 2 Evos take longer to warm up than the front-runners and, although ultimate dry grip is more than you would need in normal riding conditions, we found the limit of rear grip easily when pushed hard in the dry. A great tyre for long trips and winter riding.”
For more information on Michael’s test you can pick up the latest issue of Motorcycle News and turn to page 66.