As motorcyclists, our prime directive is to spend as much time in the saddle as possible. But with endless hours of seat time fun comes the consumption of the tires that tote us around safely. And how or where you decide to spend that saddle time is directly related to which tire you choose.

There are plenty of options to choose from, and in fact it can be a bit much, rowing through the features, benefits and claims of tire manufacturers. Well fear not, we're here to help you sort through the marketing speak and give you the picks we think are the best tires for 2022, based on riding style.

How did we come to these conclusions you ask? It’s pretty simple, really. We ride motorcycles. We have the same obsession with motorcycles our customers have and the J&P staff throws down the miles on different bikes and tires to get you the best feedback we can when it comes to your motorcycle shoes. Let's take a look at our top tire picks for 2022.

Best Budget Cruiser Tire: Shinko 777

If your priority is to keep some of your hard-earned money in your pocket, then the Shinko 777 should be at the top of your list. Coming in at around $250 for a set (depending on size), they are solid option for the budget-conscious rider.

Shinko 777 tires.

For the price, they are solid-performing tires with commendable wet grip. The tradeoff for the affordable price is longevity. Expect 4,000 to 8,000 miles out of rear tires, depending on conditions. The weight of the load you’re putting on the bike, whether or not you keep your tire pressures optimal and how aggressively you ride your bike will be prime factors in determining if you are on the 4,000-mile or 8,000-mile side of the longevity equation.

Best Touring Tire: Michelin Commander III

If you are the type of rider who is looking to put down some big mileage numbers without having to change tires often, then the Michelin Commander III is going to be right up your alley.

Michelin Commander III tires.

The Commander III comes in two flavors, the Touring and the Cruiser. The Touring tires come in 12 different sizes and are aimed at the heavier cruisers, specifically baggers and touring machines. Michelin claims in testing the Touring tire averages 25% longer tread life than competitors.  The Cruiser range is available in 15 sizes, including sizes for smaller cruisers, like Sportsters, and boasts not only longevity but also better wet grip. Part of Michelin's secret recipe is the “Amplified Density Technology” that creates a denser compound that you can expect to last up to a mind-blowing 25,000 miles. A set of Commander IIIs will cost you from $300 to $450 a pair, depending on application.

Best Performance Cruiser Tire: Metzeler CruisTec

As cruiser riders have become more focused on performance, it was refreshing to see a tire manufacturer step up and produce a performance-based tire for the cruiser market.

Metzeler CruiseTec tires.

While most cruiser tires focus on getting the absolute best mileage, so performance can often be lacking in a corner. If you are the kind of rider who is more interested in putting your cruiser through some twisty canyon roads with the best available grip, the CruisTec is the only choice. Even with the improved performance, the mileage is quite respectable. You can expect 12,000 to 15,000 miles from a rear tire, even with the sticky corner grip it provides. This is accomplished via a hard center compound while a softer edge compound is used on the outside of the tire. A wide range of sizes is available and a set will cost you in the $300 to $400 range.

Tires for the Pan America and FTR Rally

With American manufacturers Harley-Davidson and Indian dipping their toes into the ADV space recently, it opens up a new segment of tire choices that purchasers of American motorcycles didn't usually pay attention to in the past. The Pan America has definitely surged to the head of the class in not just the American ADV segment but the ADV segment in general, and the Indian FTR Rally puts its own unique spin on the American ADV space. We put together our tire recommendations for these American ADV bikes based on riding style.

Best ADV Street Tire: Michelin Road 5

If you are an ADV rider who enjoys your ADV bike entirely on paved surfaces, our pick for you is the Michelin Road 5.

Michelin Road 5 Tires 

Specifically designed for larger ADV bikes, the Road 5 takes an all-purpose approach to an all-weather sport-touring tire. While you may not see much time in the dirt if you are touring on your ADV bike, you will undoubtedly see some wet conditions. The Road 5 is made to handle both sunny and rainy days. In wet conditions, we tend to change the way we ride, using less lean angle on wet pavement, while on dry pavement we can be more aggressive. The design of the Michelin Road 5 Tires takes this into account with deep, water-evacuating sipes on the sections of the tire that see the most use. Meanwhile, the edges of the tire, which are only called into action during aggressive riding on dry pavement, are uninterrupted expanses of a softer tread compound. A set of these will run you about $450 and you can expect around 5,000 miles from a rear, depending on riding style.

Continental TKC70 tires.

Best On-Road ADV Tire: Continental TKC70

A good portion of ADV riders spend a majority of their time on paved surfaces but jump at the opportunity for a dirt backroad or potential impromptu two-track adventure. If you fit the aforementioned criteria, then our choice for you is the Continental TKC70.

These tires provide a great balance of off- and on-road performance that is directly in line with how today's ADV bikes are used. They start to reach their limits in sand and muddy conditions but are surprisingly surefooted in most dirt situations. The Continuous Compound Technology from Continental delivers a tire that handles highways and curvy blacktop with complete competence and that makes the TKC70 a staple in the ADV community. And they can last up to 10,000 miles with proper tire pressures maintained, which is an added bonus. A set will run you $300 to $400 and sizes are available for most ADV and dual-sport machines. If you are looking for more dirt performance then our next selection may be more your speed.

Best Off -Road ADV Tire: Continental TKC80

ADV riders looking for better off-road capabilities won’t be disappointed by Continentals TKC80 tires.

Continental TKC80 tires.

The burlier relative of the TKC70, it is well suited for off-road duties in dirt, sand and mud. The TKC80 is considered a true 50/50 tire. If you are the type of rider who is seeking off-road thrills via the two-line highways, then the TKC80 is the choice for you. The TKC80s are a tried-and-true option for ADV machines over the last few years and nothing really comes close in versatility, in our experience. The mileage is respectable, too. You can expect about 4,000 miles out of a rear on the street and 2,500 off-road. A set will cost you from $275 to $425 a pair and will be the perfect choice for all but the most aggressive ADV rider.

That does it for our guide to the best cruiser tires for 2022. We're already wrapping our wheels in new rubber to test for the next Gear Guide as we continue to bring you the latest in motorcycle parts and accessories. For now, these are the favorite picks from the J&P crew. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any tire questions you may have about the picks in this guide or maybe what you felt we left out. Make sure you check out our other Gear Guides for all that's best in motorcycling.