First to be levered on to each test bike was a set of 3D Ultra Sport tires. Track conditions in mind, I gave the Sport almost a full lap before I put much load on either the front or rear tire. I was surprised even still at how quickly the tire came to temperature and how I had zero “exciting” moments. According to Pete McNally, Head of Avon Motorcycle Tire Design, this is a direct benefit of the 3D sipes, which he claims “aren’t there to clear water, but only to help the tire warm up.” As the track dried and speeds increased, the Sport tire began to squirm a bit through the middle of the corner, exhibiting its street-oriented design brief. Nevertheless, the tire proved it could get the job done by offering great braking performance and adequate grip in less than ideal conditions.