Entry-level sportsbikes are a new trend in the Indian market and people are buying these motorcycles at very large in number also they are admiring these motorcycles. Bikes like KTM RC 390, TVS Apache RR, BMW G310 R, Benelli 300 and Kawasaki ninja 300 is well-praised bikes in the Indian market.
Here come tires and tires are the most essential part of any vehicle and we need lots of components to build a tyre such as rubber, silica, oil, fabric, steel, carbon, etc with help of all these raw material a tire being prepared. Let’s come to the types of tires available in the market.
Actually, there are two types of tires Radial and cross-ply tires.
The fundamental difference between the Radial tire and the cross-ply (sometimes called as nylon) tires is the design of the tyre.
In radial tires, there are layers of tire materials with a layer of steel belt/ reinforcing belt between them. They are used in most vehicles today.
Cross-ply tires have fibers of nylon layered in a diagonal manner to provide high side-wall stability to the tyres. These tyres are used where there is heavy loading.
Today we will talk about Radial tire only because all entry-level superbikes, cars, bikes, and superbikes use this tire. And when we come to this tire, here also these are of two types and these are Fabric Belted tyre and Steel-Belted tyre.
Fabric belted tire
Michelin was the company that developed the first fabric belted radial tire in 1946 and in 1970s Ford introduced American made radial tire. Almost every company in India makes this type of tire only Appollo tyres have developed a steel-belted tire. We call it Fabric belted tire because there is the insertion of fabric in tread and sidewall (carcass of cords of polyester, nylon or any other textile material) in simple language we can say a tyre which is being made of fabric, rubber, and other essential materials are known as fabric belted tires.
Steel belted tire
Again, Michelin was the company that developed the first fabric belted radial tire in 1948. Companies like Pirelli, Michelin, Metzeler extensively makes steel-belted tires, this is completely difficult and new technology to insert steel cords in the tires. Here in these tires, there is the insertion of steel in tread and sidewall (carcass of cords of steel) in simple language we can say a tyre which is being made of steel, rubber, and other essential materials are known as steel-belted tires.
How steel belted tires are better than fabric belted tires
Steel belted tires are known for their build quality they are better built than fabric belted tires, penetration in these tires is a lot more difficult than the fabric belted tires. Steel belted tires has better friction and provides better stability at higher speed as well. Steel belted tires provide longer tread life, better steering characteristics and less rolling resistance than fabric belted tires. Also, you will get better mileage in steel-belted tires.
How fabric belted tires are better than steel belted tires
Fabric belted tires costs l5 to 20 percent less than steel belted tires. Fabric belted tires are way easier to maintain than steel belted tires. Fabric belted tires perform better in off-road conditions because of the fabric in tires provides more flexibility.
Tires for Indian entry-level super bikes
Here we come up three options of tires for Indian entry-level superbikes and the first tire is:
- Metzeler M5
This is a sportec tire which is actually one of the best tires for entry-level superbikes. The grips in the tire do excellent water evacuation which gives outstanding wet grip. This is zero degrees steel-belted tire and the best thing about this tire there is the numbering given on the tread and side of the tire as 1,2,3,4,5 which helps you let know that how you are riding your bike and in how much lean angle you are riding. The rear tire is a dual compound, the middle portion is medium hard compound and the shoulder portion is a soft compound that helps in outstanding cornering stability. Life of this tire: 10 to 16,000 kilometers and the price of this tire: Rs.10,000
- Pirelli diablo rosso ii
- Pirelli scorpion rally str
You will see aggressive tread designing in this tire which gives this good grip and better ride quality. Previously this tire was being used in racing bikes. The rear tire is being made in dual compound with EPC i.e. enhance pass technology, which gives maximum comfort and maximum grip. This tire gives the best stability and braking at a speed of 200 kph (tested). Life of this tire: 10 to 16,000 kilometers. Price of this tire: Rs.10,222
Most high-end and adventure bikes use this tire such as BMW GS1200, Triumph Tiger. This tire performs really well in touring and off-road conditions. The block patterns on this tire give the aggressive tread designing to the tire, this is also zero degrees steel-belted tire which also performs well in racing and in city riding. This is the best tire for Duke 390, Benelli 300 and Bajaj Dominar. Life of this tire: 10 to 15,000 kilometers. Price of this tire: Rs.9,000
- Apollo alpha h1
This is the first Indian steel belted tire. Yes, Apollo is the first Indian company that has made a first indian steel belted tire. The finishing of the tire is top-notch and the tread design is aggressive too which provides good grip and ride quality. This tire is best for touring and racing tested by German brand Metzeler. This is also zero degrees steel-belted tire also the company tested this tire at the speed of 270 kmph. Life of this tire: 10 to 16,000 kilometers. Price of this tire: Rs.8299.
Life and prices which we have given are for the rear tires of the bike.
These tires are suitable for: KTM RC 390, KTM Duke 390, Benelli 300, TVS Apache RR, BMW G310 R, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Bajaj Dominar.