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Golden Tyre GT216AA Front Review
GT216 Tops Tire Comparison
It is not often that I come across something that I find so outstanding that I give it a universal recommendation. But that is where I am regarding the Golden Tyre 216AA. Frankly I have my picks when it comes to tires and terrain. But I also ride on so many different and worn out tires that I don’t consider myself very particular on the subject.
For the vast majority of the miles I ride, I use worn tires that have come off of customer rental bikes. They might look bad, but I know I can get many more miles out of them. I would not consider myself predisposed to like one tire so much as to say that it is far superior.
I was so impressed with the initial testing of the GT, I felt compelled to do even more testing, just to make sure I wasn’t missing something. I spent two days testing 6 different tires on one bike. I used one dedicated test loop with a wide mix of desert terrain; rock, deep sand, whoops, trail and high speed roads. For the test bike I used the 2006 KTM 450xc, no stabilizer and consistent fuel load. No other changes were made to the bike other than swapping front wheels.
In three distinct areas the GT216 out-shined the competition
It tracked best in the rocks
It was the most stable at speed, particularly in the deep sand
It gave the best overall ride comfort
While all the other tires used in the test were comparable to each other, with high and low points. The GT was significantly ahead in nearly every aspect. It went through the rocks as if they were not there. In the the high speed sand wash the bike would track straight with zero movement in the handlebars. Every other tire gave some movement through the bars, from mild wag to outright headshake.
The 216 had an almost pillow like feel. The oversize construction allows you to feel the slight compression and rebound of the tire. That is part of what gives it such a plush ride. I assumed at some point that feel would have a negative impact, like rebounding too much. But I could not find a situation where that was the case. I assume some faster riders might dislike the feel, but not me.
As you can see by the chart, the 216 is big. The one interesting thing to notice is that the circumference is not that much different. The Parker is actually bigger in that respect. I don’t know that there is too much to be gleaned from these numbers, but they are interesting for comparison. The numbers are from a mounted tire with 15 lbs of pressure.
So there you have it. This tire is really worth giving a try. By all means, send us your feedback too. Unfortunately, Golden Tyre distribution is up in the air for the US right now.
Zip Ty racing is importing this tire. Ty Davis is so enthused about them that he went out and made a deal to buy directly from Italy. He and Justin Morgan just finished 2nd overall at the Vegas to Reno race on a Husky. They ran this one front for the entire 530 miles of the race. But it isn’t just Ty, this is also the tire Graham Jarvis brought with him for King of the Motos this year. Need any more endorsements?