DEALER EXPO, Indianapolis, Ind. - The café racer craze runs into one big problem: older bikes are stuck running low-tech running gear.
Creative frame builders and suspension companies can update much of the chassis, but these bikes are still forced to run bias-ply tires that are ill prepared for more aggressive riding.
Continental (Booth 4563) is prepared to fix that with the new Conti Classic Attack tire. The new tire brings Continental’s up-to-the-minute radial tire technology to retro bikes and promises better tire life, wet weather performance and vastly improved levels of grip and cornering stability.
According to sales/marketing manager Greg Reich, the Classic Attack is the pet project of head engineer Thomas Zoeller, an admitted fan of café racers and owner of custom TT500 supermotard. A track version of the new tire is also available, the Road Attack 2 CR, for AHRMA or similar classic racing events. The new tires offer retro bike fans the chance to ride in style without sacrificing the safety and performance of modern tires.
Also new from Continental is the new Trail Attack 2, an updated adventure-touring tire focused aimed at 90/10 street/dirt riders and featured as OE fitment for the new 2013 adventure bikes from both BMW and KTM. In addition to Continental’s Continuous Compound, the Trail Attack 2 features the patented Traction Skin technology, which basically eliminates the need for break-in miles on the new tire, minimizing the risk of an accident on “slippery when new” tires.
Posted by Bruce Steever and Dennis Johnson