The NS is Vredestein’s high-performance supersport radial. Again, like the ST, one can install it in a variety of motorcycles. Of course this wouldn’t make sense on a hardcore tourer, but otherwise, like the super sports, sports tourers and nude sports, these fit just fine. We even got to test the tire on a Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX, which is not a supersport but a sports tourer.
Let’s get one thing out of the way first. The NS is not a racing tire. It’s basically an aggressive high-performance street tire that, as we found out, was also excellent on the track.
It gives it a performance edge, it gets a dual compound technology, which basically means softer sections on the side for better cornering performance and a harder section in the middle for longer life. This along with new silica-based compounds, a zero-degree steel belt and a multi-radii profile all come together to provide an engaging riding experience.
Now that I get to the riding experience, luckily this session was relatively a lot faster. Now the Ninja 1000 is a big heavy motorcycle meant to cross continents and not scorch a racetrack. But nonetheless, it would be interesting to see how a sports tourer performs on supersport radials at the BIC.
A warm-up later we picked up the pace and it was immediately clear that the NS tires felt at home on the track. When chasing the lead bike, cornering speeds were high enough to gauge the large amount of grip. The Ninja in its sportiest setting was held on the least traction control setting and even then there was no drama when I cranked up the throttle on the exit from the corner. Even under hard braking, the tires showed no signs of stress and the bike managed to lose speeds quickly and confidently. I’m pretty sure these tires on a supersport or a naked sport would be insanely fun.
As I said for the ST, the track only tells us part of the story, for the other part we’ll have to see how the NS tires perform under normal road conditions, but I think that’s a story for another day.
All in all, the first impressions of the Vredestein Centauros are quite good. They will be available for a wide range of motorcycles and it’s great that these Indian made tires perform the way they do and most importantly you don’t have to lose an arm or a leg to buy one. Prices for the Centauro ST will be between Rs. 25,000 to 30,000, while the sportier NS will sell for less than Rs. 30,000. Now let’s hope we can try them in the real world and hope they impress us even more.