Main Motorcycle: 2011 Triumph Sprint GT
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Tampa, Florida, U.S.A.
Other Motorcycle: '08 Kawasaki Concours 14
Chinese tires have found a place in the market due to low price, but the reviews I have read usually have them at the bottom. Tread wear has often been reported as just OK, so that decreases their actual monetary savings.
I just read a big sport tire test in, I think, Sport Rider (I read so many bike mags I sometimes forget what I read where). They tested many different brands and models on a Honda CBR600 and Suzuki GSXR1000. Included was a Chinese tire which came in dead last - by a lot. Winner was the new Dunlop Q2, second Brigdestone's new S20. They did not test Michelin's new tires because they were not yet in production.
To combat the low priced Chinese tires, some manufacturers are keeping, or bringing back, the models that newer/better performance tires were to replace. For example, Dunlop just came out with the Q2 as their top sport tire. However, they are going to keep the Qualifier in their line as a lower priced sport tire. So you may find it worthwhile to buy an older model from a reputable company rather than a compromised Chinese tire.
Last edited by JohnD; 11-18-2012 at 08:57 AM.