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.
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.
Affordable and comes in at a solid overall value
Very good grip on dry road surfaces
Comfortable riding tire
Winter weather traction may be an issue for more spirited drivers
Road noise becomes more noticeable as tire wears down
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.