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TYRE TESTING ANOTHER

TYRE TESTING ANOTHER GRIPPER MITAS SPORT FORCE + “SPORT FORCE+ is a safe, dynamic and rider friendly tyre. It ensures immediate grip, fast and easy steering and high corner stability. It also helps to steer the bike and provides consistent performance through its lifetime.” That’s the official blurb from Mitas themselves about their Sport Force + tyre – a tyre aimed at sportbike riders for the road. We decided to put them to the test around the track – the perfect and easiest way to put mileage and test the capabilities of the tyre. While they are not track focused tyres by any means, the Mitas Sport Force + felt solid out on track, exactly what one would/should expect from a good sport road tyre. Front end steering was easy and agility was in abundance. The rear, at full lean angle, was a bit more resistant but never let go unsurprisingly. As you can see by the pictures, grip was not a real issue, decent amounts of lean angle were reached. Heading into the corners was solid and confidence inspiring, it was only at full lean angle for a while where the tyres did suffer a bit. But again, these are not track focused tyres and you won’t be finding yourself at full lean angle for long periods out on the road. As with all good sport road tyres, the Mitas offer huge mileage with a harder center, while the side walls are a slightly softer compound offering grip in the turns. The tyres heated up really quickly and held the heat well. Stability under braking was for sure the tyres best attribute out on track, which is a good sign as that’s ultimately what you want out on the road - A good solid feel from the tyres. We clocked up over 200km of track riding and the tyres wear was phenomenal. Typically, harder road pressures had to be run to get the best out of these tyres so we found them best set at 2.3 cold at the front and 1.8 at the rear. Mitas has a full breakdown of the best pressures to be set for different use on their website - www. mitas-moto.com. We were left impressed with the Mitas Sport Force + tyres, having never heard about them we were very hesitant heading into this test but they performed admirably on the track which is not their home ground. They are tyres aimed at the road sportbike rider looking for grippy, long-lasting tyres that are affordable and that’s exactly what they are. AT only R2857 for a set of the 120 front and 190/55 rear that really is a bargain and well worth a look next time you in the market to replace your sportbikes tyres. Mitas SA - 041 822 3344. “Stability under braking was for sure the tyres best attribute out on track, which is a good sign as that’s ultimately what you want out on the road” E X C L U S I V E S P E C I A L F E A T U R E 2020 BIKES REVEALED ‘Naked’ is the new black for 2020! There seems to be a theme ahead of the 2020 season. Big, powerful, supercharged naked bikes with wings seems to be the in-thing, with Kawasaki and Ducati taking the covers off their 200hp plus hyper-naked machines. While there a host of other machines recently released it was very much the two big naked bikes that stole the show. Ducati also revealed a host of new and updated models for 2020, including a new V2 Panigale and their new range of V4 superbikes which now come standard with wings - as if they needed any more updates! Over the next few pages we will bring you unrivalled coverage of all the 2020 machines released from the past couple of weeks. This is part one of our 2020 bikes special, next month we will bring you all the latest releases from the EICMA Show, where hopefully we will be showing off the new Honda CBR1000RR, amongst others. 20 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2019 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2019 21