: BRIDGESTONE : DUNLOP
: METZELER : MICHELIN
Azaro SP Pro Series
Best lap 49.63s
Av lap 50.43s
£81.66 front, £112.94
31 psi front & rear
"These tyres take several laps to give me confidence
- maybe they're just warming up, or maybe I'm just
getting used to the way they feel.
"Feedback from the front end is poorit tucks
in a couple of times in the early laps, so I have
to build up slowly. The bike also needs effort to
change direction and it won't hold as tight a line.
As for outright grip, the back end is not so much
sliding as moving around under power. It's telling
me what's happening - it's not out-of-the-blue stepping
out - but there's definitely less
grip. I don't feel so confident braking into turns,
either. I have to get braking done upright -I can't
push into the corner.
"I stick in a few quick laps at the end, but
the bike needs more input and commitment to do it
and doesn't feel happy. These tyres aren't as sporty.
Best lap 49.315
Av lap 49.615
£92.99 front, £128.99
33psi front, 31 psi rear
"First thing is this is a light-steering tyre.
It warms up ever-so quickly and bingo - it's straight
there. And it feels good: there's plenty of grip,
especially at the front. I get lots of feedback
braking into turns, and I can still turn while pushing
"Getting on the power is good - it never steps
out at all. The only area these tyres are lacking
in is when you want to get it turning tighter -
you can't adjust it too well mid-turn. Stability
is good - they never get upset over the bumps.
"Overall this is a nice sports tyre, it's still
a good choice for a trackday. It's not the best
here, but it has no bad habits."
Best lap 48.845
Av lap 48.995
front, £100.99 rear
31 psi front & rear
tyres feel slippery and a bit tricky. They need
the full four laps to get them right. I'm not so
sure - maybe they aren't so sporty. The steering
is a bit heavy and they need a lot of input.
"But then I realise these are very good. I
can go harder and harder, pile up to the turns,
get the bike on its side... they just need a bit
more effort to do it. There's plenty of grip - tons
of it. I get one kick exiting the hairpin, but I'm
just teasing it and it's so predictable. It feels
like my hands are connected directly with the road.
The front end is so planted, and I can brake later
and feather off into the turns. I trust the front
end. Stability is great - no qualms or faults -
and there's enough grip to let you do anything you
"Overall, these are almost as good as the first
set (Pirelli Diablos) and, if they're cheaper, I'd
take these. Recommended."
Best lap 49.425
Av lap 49.745
£79.99 front, £107.99
31 psi front, 30psi rear
"First thoughts are these tyres are slightly
heavy on the steering again. They warm up well,
with lots of confidence early on. I can quickly
tell these are not a dedicated sports tyre - they
won't carry on turning into a corner. I get to their
limits more quickly than the other tyres.
As for grip, these let go a couple of times and
I get the feeling they're a bit unpredictable. They
grip, grip, grip... then I get a big slide without
warning. In that sense they don't have a lot of
"The front feels good. I can brake as late
and as deep as I want - the only limit is that slight
restriction in the rate of turn.
"One curious thing is I feel like I'm leaning
over a lot further on these tyres than the others,
as if the profile is higher. To sum up, I'd say
these are a good all rounder, but slightly lacking
in their ability to turn and hold a tight line."
Best lap 49.80s
Av lap 50.04s
£86.63 front, £118.80
31 psi front, 29psi rear
"This set warm up
and feel confident right away. The first thing I
notice is they feel light on the bars - these are
not heavy tyres to steer, they're nice and light.
"In the corners they track well. I can pick
lines and they stay there, right where I want them.
They turn in well too - I can go as deep as I like
on the brakes.
"Outright grip still doesn't match the first
set (Pirelli Oiablos), but I can go straight onto
the footrest no problem. Like the second set (Avon
Azaros) they move around a bit firing it out of
the hairpin, but feedback is good and they don't
feel like they'll suddenly let go.
"Stability is good - these certainly aren't
unstable tyres - but there's just a hint of nervousness
"Overall, a good, sporty tyre. Nothing wrong
with these on a trackday. They suit the Blade well."
Best lap 48.95s
Av lap 49.65s
£78.99 front, £104.99
31 psi front, 30psi rear
"These tyres warm up quickly; four laps is
enough to get scrubbed-in and ready for action.
The first thought is these lyres are stable - they've
no nervousness or twitchiness. And the general feeling
is very good too. The bike goes from footrest to
footrest with no worries.
"We've got plenty of grip here as well. Even
when I try to aggravate the rear to unhook, there's
no spinning or losing grip.
"Overall, good feedback, plenty of stability
and tons of grip mid-turn. I wouldn't have a problem
fitting these to my bike; I'd be happy.