Just under two weeks ago we had the pleasure of escorting some of the world’s top motorcycle journalists to Mallorca for the launch of the new ContiRoadAttack 3 sport touring tyre.
One of those journalists was the much respected Bruce Dunn of Motorcycle News, who opted for Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 S as his for our chosen route around the Ballearic island.
Now back in Britain, Bruce has had time to reflect on his initial experience on the new RoadAttack 3 and here’s some of what he had to say:
“MCN got our first taste of the new RoadAttack 3 in dry and warm conditions in Mallorca, and the roads there provided a range of different surfaces and conditions to test the tyres. Fitted to a 2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S, the RoadAttack 3 gave excellent feel and confidence straight from cold. Continental produce their motorcycle tyres with no release agent from their manufacturing process. They call this ‘Traction Skin’, and it means riders do not have to go through a running-in period in order to scrub off the slippery release agent from the surface of a new tyre, which makes them very safe from the start.
Once warm, the RoadAttack 3 performed superbly on twisty roads. Both the rate of turn and stability at speed were excellent, and clearly show the RoadAttack’s sporting potential. In terms of rear grip I found that they performed well. The only time I could get the rear to break loose was by turning the Ducati’s traction control off and really provoking the back end with large amounts of throttle, and even then the preceding slide was predictable. Meanwhile, the front gave faultless traction confidence, even on rougher surfaces.
The RoadAttack 3 is a tyre that is likely to be at least as good as other tyres in this segment of the market. Continental have progressively closed the gap on the other brands, and with the RoadAttack 3 it is likely to have risen almost to the top.”
Bruce and the team at Motorcycle News will also have the chance to test our much improved wet grip levels now they’re back in the UK, with a more detailed review coming later this year as the RoadAttack 3 goes head to head with rival sport touring tyres.
You can read Bruce’s full article on the Motorcycle News website.
The first sizes are now available in the UK – check them out here.