Your Triumph Bonneville, Scrambler, Thruxton or T100 needs new tires. So how do you choose the right ones? With a multitude of wheel sizes and both spoked and cast wheels (some of which even run tubes), picking the right set for you can be more complicated than you think. We’ve created a list of the best tire options for the Triumph Modern Classic range to help.
Triumph certainly doesn’t do owners any favors when it comes to easing the pains of tire selection. For instance, the OEM rear tire for the Bonneville and Thruxton is radial while the front is a bias-ply. Confused yet?
We asked Triumph specialist, Adrian Packett, of Canyon Motorcycles what the best tires for the Modern Classic range are. Adrian considers Dunlop’s GT501 to be the best all-around tire for the entire range of bikes and recommends the Avon Distanzias if you are looking for something a little more rugged for your Scrambler. If you are looking for a wider range of choices, below you’ll find the best options for your Triumph twin including Adrian’s recommendations.
Triumph Bonneville Base, SE and T100
The Bonneville is available in three models: the base version and the T100. The base and SE Bonneville have 17-inch, cast wheels while the T100 has a spoked 19-inch wheel in front and a 17-inch in back. The base Bonneville, due to its cast wheels, can accommodate more advanced, tubeless tires. The T100’s spoked wheels can, however, run tubeless tires so long as you equip said tires with a tube.
Dunlop GT501 - Available sizes vary costing $105.95 - $233.95
The GT501 is your best bet if you are looking for a non-radial, bias-ply sport tire. The GT501 gives you superior grip in dry and wet conditions while inspiring confidence through corners. A solid option across the entire Modern Classic range.
High Mileage: Avon AM26 Roadrider: Available sizes vary costing $87.95 - $167.95
This is a bias-ply tire for commuter riding. This tire has the everyday rider in mind. It has a large contact patch and an interrupted center groove to help prevent tracking when riding on uneven roads.
Dunlop Roadsmart II: F110/80-18 R150/70-17 costing $124.95 - $188.95
Dunlop Roadsmart radials have the longevity of a touring tire with the handling of a sport tire; just what you need on your Thruxton. Thanks to a special silica additive these are Dunlop’s best wet-weather tires, too (and among the best wet-weather road tires available today). In short, these tires will not let you down in wet or dry conditions and will last for miles and miles.
Michelin Pilot Road 3: F110/80-18 R150/70-17 costing $128.96 - $203.95
A sport-touring radial that provides all-weather performance, grip and longevity. A two compound technology makes these tires especially long lasting and provides exceptional grip in corners.
Avon Distanzia: F100/90-19 B130/80-17 costing $109.950 - $130.95 (Front) and costing $99.95 - $183.95 (Rear)
A rugged tire for large capacity dual-sport bikes, the Distanzia is an excellent option for the Scrambler. Made from a compound specially designed to combine excellent wet and dry road grip, these tires are long-lasting and will not disappoint. Available in both Bias-Ply and Radial.
Michelin Anakee 3: F100/90-19 B130/80-17 costing $111.95 - $175.95
Looking for something that provides a smooth ride on the street and is capable of handling light off-road riding? Look no further than the Anakee 3 adventure tire. A rugged tread pattern and silica compound provides long lasting performance in both wet and dry conditions. Available in bias-ply and radial, depending on size selection.