Maxxis Supermaxx ST

The Maxxis Supermaxx ST is a Touring Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Motorcycles.

Dry Grip 82%
Wet Grip 73%
Road Feedback 72%
Handling 73%
Wear 31%
Comfort 73%
Buy again 38%

Tyre review data from 13 tyre reviews averaging 63% over 39,700 miles driven.

The Supermaxx ST is ranked 3rd of 3 Summer Touring tyres.

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Top 3 Maxxis Supermaxx ST Reviews

Given 57% while driving a Ducati 1098s (180/55 R17) on mostly country roads for 2,100 average miles
After reading review I thought I would give them a go. Bought a pair from MyTyres at a very good price and fitted them myself. First impressions were very good, smooth and good stability but after only 1,800 miles I noticed the rear was well worn and now after 2,100 miles it is down to the legal limit of 1.6mm and this is supposed to be a sport touring tyre! I don`t think so.
Helpful 95 - tyre reviewed on June 8, 2017
Given 79% while driving a (225/45 R17) on track for 2,000 average miles
i had these fitted two years ago due to the appeal of the cost. although i don't typically do much mileage on my Gsxr these have been used for commuting, weekend rides and occasional track use first impressions was the more sporty nature of the profile for a sports touring tyre, they seem to hold up well even on a wet novice trackday at Outlon park. i believe these were the original choice of tyre for the Chris Walker track school and its easy to see why as these seem to offer good consistent grip in all conditions. the only downside is they seem to take time to generate heat. in terms of wear im roughly 2,000 miles into these and wear seems consistent (however as mentioned i do a lot of novice track days on these)
Helpful 33 - tyre reviewed on April 12, 2022
BMW R1200RT (190/55 R17) on a combination of roads for 3,000 spirited miles
Like most riders, if I was loaded I would have replaced the excellent Michelins on my GTR1400, not loaded, I found a YouTube video with (I think) Chris Walker and his mates testing the ST tyres on a circuit on several bikes, including an equally heavy / powerful ZZR1400. Well these guys tried their best to get the bikes moving, and regardless of what they did, the tyres held up. The following day journalists who were at the track to the bikes on the roads with the used tyres, they loved them too. I invested £130 in a pair, scrubbed them in, and on Scottish Highland roads (where I now live) pushed them more and more to see if I done the right thing or sell them off and go back to the dealer tyres. Shouldn't have doubted myself, great in the dry and equally confidence 'making progress' in the wet. All I can say is blòody great tyres and will put a pair on my new bike R1200RT for my NC500 in under 24hrs in June 2021. Definitely money well spent.
Helpful 35 - tyre reviewed on May 17, 2021
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Given 54% while driving a KTM 790 Duke (180/55 R17) on a combination of roads for 3,100 spirited miles
Dry Grip - really impressive for the price point. Never any drama and very consistent grip all the way to the edge of the tyre.

Wet Grip - again, incredible for the price. Great feel of grip levels and never sliding all over the place for as long as you're sensible with that right wrist.

Road Feedback - while the road feedback was great in the wet due to the low grip threshold, this completely changed in the dry. Whilst I had a rough idea what was going on, it was never a feeling of complete security especially when pushing the tyre. While grip levels to the edge of the tyre was never an issue, feel was. It almost felt like you would hit a barrier where the tyre would just stop communicating what the front end is doing, leaving to a constant feeling mid corner of "oh sh*t am I about to lose the front?" For proper spirited riding on the road, this can be almost scary at times.

Handling - while the handling wasn't bad, it also wasn't great. Tip in was incredibly sluggish, and this is what makes it lose points big time. Once it is tipped in, mid corner adjustments are easy and actually quick pleasant, but quickly flicking back and forth on these tyres feels like more of a workout rather than fun. I find that a real shame.

Wear - the worst point of this tyre, and downright embarrassing for how Maxxis advertise it. A sport-touring tyre, that gets mileage as if it were a hypersport tyre, terrible. While sure it has a lot of grip for what is a sport-touring tyre, I'm 3100 miles in and at the rear it's at the wear bars and it is incredibly squared off. When much nicer (but also far more expensive) hypersport tyres get similar mileage whilst also being far far more enjoyable to ride, I seriously expect better. Not only that but at this point of wear levels, the poor road feedback only gets worse. The front is still doing alright though, it seems like the typical 2x rear for every 1x front.

Comfort - actually quite a strong point of this tyre, it feels wonderfully comfortable over harsh bumps given its decent mid corner support.

Buy Again - absolutely not, while the £175 price for a pair of 120/70/17 180/55/17 tyres is great, you can also get Maxxis' Supermaxx Sport MA-SP tyres for the same price, which are a far more sporty offering whilst having a duel compound tread, likely leading to even better performance at the same sort of mileage. However, for just £100 more or even less if you can get a good deal, you can find the likes of Metzeler M9-RR's or Pirelli Diablo Rosso 3's. Far better tyres which will also should get you more miles both front and rear. I've personally (now that I have worn out the rear) picked up a cracking deal on a pair of Avon 3D Ultra Evo's for just £175, I'm not even going to bother saving some money and buying another rear to make the most out of the front tyre, I really feel these Maxxis tyres are spoiling my bikes handling.
Helpful 5 - tyre reviewed on February 7, 2024
Given 36% while driving a Suzuki TL1000R (180/55 R17 W) on mostly country roads for 3,000 miles
Good in the dry, wears very quickly in the centre for a sports touring tyre. As soon as it squares off its horrible picking up any imperfections on the road. In the wet absolutely no feel & if it's cold as well the front slips, rear slides & if neither of these are happening the you've no idea what they're doing. They're cheap but cheap doesn't make up for how they feel in the wet
Helpful 24 - tyre reviewed on November 17, 2020
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Given 76% while driving a Triumph Sprint RS (180/55 R17 W) on mostly country roads for 5,000 spirited miles
This was my second st of Maxxis St. After the last set I was going to buy something more premium, but I was skint; and these only cost £130 a set.. If anything my opinion of these tyres is even better than the first set, Grip and handling at this price, or anywhere under £200 is unbeatable. These were fitted to the review bikes at the launch of the KTM 790, and non of those hacks had anything bad to say about these tyres, despite some initial reservations. They are honestly the best tyres I have ever used in the wet that are not just purely wet focused. They were developed with the assistance of BSB legend Chris Walker, and he did a great job. However, they are only a single compound tyre, and they wear like buggery. My bike has just got an MOT advisory for the rear after less than 5000. You can tell they are a soft compound by the tearing on the edges after any enthusiastic cornering ;-) I would highly recommend these tyre if you don't do a high mileage, and ride anything under 130HP I am going to try Avon ST, next.
Helpful 26 - tyre reviewed on November 4, 2020
Given 60% while driving a (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 0 spirited miles
Standard Oe tyres on ktm 790 duke works well once the heats in the tyre and between 12-20 works best have had them break traction a few times. Super hard carcass tread pattern old tech. Wear rate looks quick. Will switch over asap
Helpful 33 - tyre reviewed on July 18, 2020
Given 61% while driving a (180/55 R17) on mostly country roads for 3,500 average miles
Decent tyre in warm weather, gives you good feel and feedback when there are nice and warm. Tends to step out on me in colder weather and made me lose a lot confidence in the tyres. Got 3500miles on the back and it's almost done for, tyre wear could be a lot better! There better tires price/quality wise on the market in my opinion.
Helpful 37 - tyre reviewed on March 6, 2020
Given 100% while driving a Suzuki GSF 650N (160/60 R16) on mostly country roads for 1,000 average miles
I bought these tyres to test them.
Th tyres are excellent with very very good hangling. These are more sport tyres than touring tyres. The curving and leaning are more natural and easy than with my old Bridgestone bt 20.
In wet condition the tyres are perfect. They are very soft and have excellent grip. I expect to last enough (10 - 15 K) is good for me. I prefer new tyres more often.
Helpful 39 - tyre reviewed on March 18, 2019
Given 70% while driving a Triumph Sprint RS (180/55 R17 W) on mostly country roads for 5,000 spirited miles
These are very stiff tyres, and quite hard to fit by hand. Once bedded in they are superb on the road, very precise and grippy. They are far superior in the dry to Michelin PR 3, and at least as good in the wet , and at less than £130 a pair they should be my first choice for replacement. Unfortunately the rear is squared off and almost down to the wear bars at less than 5K despite avoiding motorways. Like someone else says a 2CT version is needed to make these a serious touring tyre. If you can get them cheap and don't do a huge milage they are recommended. And don't rule them out for novice trackday use.
Helpful 31 - tyre reviewed on June 17, 2018
Given 63% while driving a Kawasaki ER6F (160/60 R17 W) on mostly motorways for 5,500 spirited miles
These Tyre's offer plenty of grip in the dry and aren't to shabby in the wet either. I commute all year round on mainly dual carriage ways so the middle of the Tyre takes a hammering. My only gripe with this Tyre is its not dual compound. I've manged just 5500 miles out of the rear and its shot, if I compare it to my last Tyre a Bridgestone BT023 which is dual compound I got 10,000 miles out of the rear.

I fitted these Tyre's as a bit of the an experiment to see if the budget sports touring Tyre could compete with the big boys , Unfortunately in my case with the type of riding I do it doesn't, it's false economy for me to go for a cheaper Tyre, half the mileage but not half the cost. If spend a few quid more upfront and get almost double the mileage its dual compound all the way for me!

Good tyre but as I say Maxxis would need to bring out a dual compound sports touring tyres if I was to consider fitting them again.
Helpful 28 - tyre reviewed on March 15, 2018
Given 54% while driving a Ducati St4s (120/70 R17) on mostly country roads for 4,000 average miles
After 4000 miles it has gone out of shape and rubbing on the front mudguard with 2mm of tread left. Very poor.
Helpful 29 - tyre reviewed on August 20, 2017