Best motorcycle tyre warmers

Get the most from your track tyres with race-style tyre warmers

Motorcycle tyre warmers in use at a trackday

by Jim Blackstock |

Motorcycle racing fans will be familiar with ‘tyre warmers’, the electrically-heated blankets used to warm tyres up to optimum temperatures before the start of a race – but they’re now also widely available to the public for use on trackdays or amateur racing, too.

The principle, of course, is that tyres are designed to work best and offer the most grip when warmed up to operating temperature which, in normal use, takes a few laps of riding.

However, with warmers they’re optimised from the get-go, improving not only racing performance but also trackday safety, enjoyment and prolonging the life of your tyres.

But there’s also a wide variety of brands, prices and features out there, some from well-known names, others with sophisticated temperature controls and features.

Related: Motorcycle trackday essentials

So, what’s out there, what do you get for your money and which – if you’re a racer or committed track day addict – should you go for?

Here’s our pick of some of the current best to help you decide.

Racefoxx Basic Tyre Warmers

Racefoxx Basic Tyre Warmers
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Racefoxx is one of the specialists in motorcycle tyre warmers and its products are aimed at amateur racers. This, the basic offering, has no sophisticated temperature controller having a fixed setting of 80u00b0C and only fits up to a 160-section rear tyre.

It’s aimed more at Supermoto than superbike riders but is ruggedly built, has wide straps and an extended fixing tape, has sandwich thermal insulation and comes with either a carrying bag or hard case.

Pros:

Durable construction

Specialist brand

Well rated (among Supermoto riders)

Con:

Limited settings

Oxford Digital Tyre Warmers

Oxford Digital Tyre Warmers

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These warmers are designed for trackday riders and club-level racers, are from respected British clothing and accessories brand Oxford and come with a variety of appealing features at a reasonable price.

They are CE approved, come in a handy carry case, fit up to 120/70 x 17 (front) and 190/55 x 17 (rear) tyres, are made from a heat-resistant fabric reinforced with nylon and are super-easy to use by having a digital LCD display (held in a clear pocket), controller with three temperature settings and an automatic thermostat cut-off.

Pros:

Respected brand

Easy-use features

Decent price

Con:

Not as ‘snazzy’ as some

MPW Race Dept Analogue Tyre Warmers

MPW Race Dept Analogue Tyre Warmers
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These warmers are aimed very much at racers, are a proven, rugged design yet, by having a simpler, analogue controller, are great value too. Theyu2019re made in super-tough Cordura to ensure a long life, are pre-shaped to fit the tyre perfectly, then attached with Velcro straps and cords.

They use two red and green LED indicators to indicate when warming and up to temperature and, usefully, also come with an analogue, three-way temperature controller. They’re CE-certified, too.

Pros:

Rugged design

Three settings

Decent price

Con:

Less-known brand

MotoGP Pro Series Standard Tyre Warmers

MotoGP Pro Series Standard Tyre Warmers

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If you want to emulate your grand prix heroes either in racing or at a trackday, how better than to use some official u2018MotoGPu2019 tyre warmers? These are officially sanctioned by the sportu2019s governing body, come with pukka u2018MotoGPu2019 logos and although a more basic offering without an LCD digital display, are more than up to the job.

They come with either a UK three-pin or EU two-pin plug, fit all sportsbike tyre sizes, come with a storage bag, heat the tyres up automatically to 80°C with is then indicated by a green LED (red if getting up to temperature) which is then thermostatically retained until the warmers are removed or switched off.

Pros:

Great brand

Simple operation

Useful carry bag

Con:

Lacks sophisticated control

Oldbones Tyre Warmers

Oldbones Tyre Warmers
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A more budget, non-branded, non-digital set of tyre warmers but at a more affordable price making them appealing to occasional trackday riders or club racers. As with some other more basic designs, thereu2019s no digital display or controller, so only warms tyres to a pre-set 80u00b0C.

There’s also no fancy branding or extra features such as a carry case. But they’re well-enough made, come in a variety of colours and do the job for those not demanding the latest or flashiest.

Pros:

Great value

Straightforward design

Easy to use

Con:

Little sophistication

MotoGP Digital Tyre Warmers

MotoGP Digital Tyre Warmers

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Hereu2019s another set of tyre warmers from the MotoGP brand, but this time a slightly pricier, more sophisticated upgrade that features and LCD digital display. The tyre warmers themselves are effectively the same as MotoGPu2019s more basic offering, so are ruggedly built, comes with a useful carry case and so on, but this time they also feature a more sophisticated LCD digital display and controller.

This allows the user to specify the exact temperature required over a range of 40-99°C and displays the tyre temperature in real time so the user can tailor the temperature required according to weather or time constraints.

Pros:

Great brand

Accurate control

Well rated

Con:

Pricier than some

MPW Race Dept Digital Tyre Warmers

MPW Race Dept Digital Tyre Warmers
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Another set of tyre warmers from specialist performance brand MPW but this time being its more sophisticated (and slightly more expensive) digital version. As with the analogue versions, theyu2019re aimed at seasoned trackday fans and more serious racers, are made in the same, durable Cordura material and are pre-shaped to fit the tyre.

This time, however, there’s also a more sophisticated LED display and controller which allows you to choose your preferred temperature according to conditions and displays the tyre’s temperature in real time. They’re also being used by some of the UK’s leading race teams.

Pros:

Respected brand

Sophisticated control options

Durable construction

Con:

Steeper price

Racefoxx Pro Digital Tyre Warmers

Racefoxx Pro Digital Tyre Warmers
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As with other brands such as MotoGP and MPW, tyre warmer experts Racefoxx offer both analogue and higher-spec digital versions of its warmers, with this being its more premium offering u2013 and, yes, at nearly £300 they have the price to match.

That’s justified, however, by the spec: an LED digital display allows both bespoke temperature tuning and a continuous real-time display of temperature; they’re ruggedly constructed, fit all superbike tyres, come in a variety of colours and are highly rated as well. They also come with a two-year warranty and your choice of either soft or hard carry case.

Pros:

Great features

Quality reputation

Two-year warranty

Con:

Premium price

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