Continental Tires for Winter Use
Riding year round comes with a unique set of challenges, with winter being the most challenging. Aside from the cold that can cut through your gear and the unpredictable behavior of drivers, the varying conditions of winter produce the most nerve-wracking challenge. In winter, rain can turn to ice on a single ride and snow brings a whole other level of risk.
When riding your motorcycle, every bit of traction is of the utmost importance, especially when conditions can change at a moment’s notice. In addition to fluctuating tire pressure, you must always make sure that your tires are ready for the trip and able to handle whatever conditions come your way. That’s why your tire choice for winter riding is one of the most crucial decisions you can make.
First and foremost, if the situation is extreme, it is best to stay home and wait for the effects to subside. But if being on the road is an absolute must, there are tires designed to provide us with enhanced security and the most amount of grip when riding in less than optimal conditions.
Continental ContiRoadAttack 4
Here at Continental, we have several options able to offer excellent performance in the winter season (and the rest of the year). At the top of the list is the ContiRoadAttack 4, which is designed for sport touring motorcycles, no matter the size. This latest tire in the ContiRoadAttack family improves on the award-winning performance of the ContiRoadAttack 3, with improvements in every aspect of performance.
This tire is designed for performance with better drainage and increased wet grip and prepared to take on cold or rainy conditions thanks to technologies like RainGrip, putting down a lap time 3 seconds faster than the previous ContiRoadAttack 3 during testing. Grip and stability is also improved with our MultiGrip and ZeroDegree technologies and an even faster warm-up time than our previous tires, an aspect of utmost importance when riding in freezing temperatures. Making it easier to turn and minimizing risks in urban driving, this tire also comes Continental’s EasyHandling technology, which makes the tire more agile at low speeds.
Another all-year-round option capable of performing well under adverse conditions is the ContiTrailAttack 3, a road-focused tire for powerful adventure tourers, with capabilities for light trail-riding and off-road use. One of its main characteristics is its super short warm-up time, reaching optimal temperature within the first 2 miles. The ContiTrailAttack 3 also has additional tread depth and compound over a standard touring tire, giving riders even more mileage and top tier performance with our PerformanceOverTime technology. Like the ContiRoadAttack 4, these tires also feature our MultiGrip, RainGrip, ZeroDegree and EasyHandling technologies.
M+S tires, a solution for snow conditions?
So, what happens when the weather and road conditions are extreme? As always, the top priority is your safety and sometimes the best thing you can do is to stay at home and let your bike get cozy until road conditions improve and the snow and ice melts. But if you’re faced with changing weather conditions during a ride, sporadic snow, or a part of your journey that requires you to cross roads in poor condition, there are tires labeled “M+S” that are suitable for ‘mud’ and ‘snow.’ As these acronyms indicate, these tires have been developed to serve under conditions of complicated adherence, and they do so thanks to the design of the tread pattern and its deepness.
Here at Continental, we have several M+S options, which can be the best option in snowy or muddy conditions:
- TKC 70: This tire is the preferred option for adventure riders, since it is capable of offering great performance both on and off-road.
- TKC 70 Rocks: The more aggressive evolution of the TKC 70, this rear tire option comes with a pattern and greater depth, which is recommended to combine with the front TKC 70, and that provides a plus in off-road performance.
We hope this guide helps you choose the best tire for your winter riding and that you all have fun and stay safe this winter. Find out more about the complete Continental Motorcycle Tire line and visit the Continental Fitment Guide to match up your bike with these tires.