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Riken Raptor HR Tire Review & Rating

Who says you have to spend hundreds of dollars for a high performance tire? The Riken Raptor HR (Riken is a subsidiary of Michelin) has been designed with an H-speed rating to go with a budget friendly price.

The all-season computerized tread design uses a high-tech tread compound and directional pattern to give this model improved grip on both dry and wet road surfaces. Sidewalls feature a high modulus composition that increase cornering response, while a double strip-wound nylon overlay allows the tire to maintain its shape, even at higher speeds.

Riken Raptor HR

For wet surface traction, Riken has added four circumferential grooves along with a continuous center rib that plow through the rain and reduce the risk of hydroplaning.

The tire's carcass includes two steel belts that add more stability to the tire at high speeds, while also increasing tread life. You will also find a rim protector along the sidewall to help in protecting your wheels from accidental damage with curbs.

Pros

  • Affordable and comes in at a solid overall value
  • Very good grip on dry road surfaces
  • Comfortable riding tire

Cons

  • Winter weather traction may be an issue for more spirited drivers
  • Road noise becomes more noticeable as tire wears down

Overall Thoughts

The Riken HR is easily one of the better high performance tires for drivers looking for a less expensive option. It fills a need for those on a tighter budget, while also providing impressive performance on the street.

Handling and cornering grip is impressive and will put a smile on your face. The overall ride comfort is surprisingly good as well despite a little added road noise. Add in the 55,000 mile warranty and you have a tire that offers excellent value for the money.

What Vehicles Will The Raptor HR Fit?

Fits these vehicles and many others:

  • Acura TSX
  • Chevy Mailbu, Camaro
  • Chrysler LeBaron
  • Ford Mustang, Taurus
  • Honda Accord, Civic
  • Kia Spectra
  • Nissan Altima
  • Saturn SL2
  • Scion tC
  • Toyota Prius, Corolla
  • Volkswagen Jetta, Golf

15"

195/60R-15 88H BSW
195/65R-15 91H BSW
205/60R-15 91H BSW
205/65R-15 94H BSW

16"

205/55R-16 91H BSW
205/60R-16 92H BSW
215/55R-16 93H BSW
215/60R-16 95H BSW
225/60R-16 98H BSW

17"

235/55R-17 99H BSW

Price Range

Prices on the Raptor HR range from approximately $65 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discounts, coupons and special offers on this tire.

Click Here To Find The Current Lowest Price On All Riken Raptor HR Tire Sizes

Warranty

The treadlife warranty on the Raptor HR is for 6-years or 55,000 miles. There is also a first 2/32 inch of wear tire uniformity guarantee.

Materials and workmanship are backed for 5-years.


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Riken Raptor HR Reviewed by Tire Reviews And More Rating: 3.5