Rs 5K Ralco tyres for Interceptor broke my "costly = better" perception

I thought I'd use them for 4-5k km or until I find a better alternative. But I had no clue that I was up for a pleasant surprise.

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After around 15K kms on the stock Pirelli tyres, the search for a new set of tyres began. Import ban on tyres has made it extremely difficult to find quality tyres in the 18" rim size. I had a small 2-day ride to Koyna (160km one way) planned on the 15th Aug weekend and was looking to install a new pair of tyres before the ride.

Pirellis available in the market were from old stock and atrociously priced. New Timsuns were available, but were 16k Plus and would have taken 2 weeks for reaching Pune from Bangalore. Since the rims on my bike are tubeless, so Ceats were not an option, as they are tube-type tyres.

A lot of people in my 650 riding group were already using Ralco Speed Blaster. I was trying to avoid them since Ralco as a brand does not really sound like they belong on a 650cc/48 Bhp motorcycle. But with no other option left, I had to go ahead with Ralcos.

They are around 5k a pair and come in the stock size for Inty. I thought, even if I don't like them, they are really cheap and I can use them for 4-5k kms or until finding another quality alternative. I had no clue, I was up for a pleasant surprise and costly = better quality perception was to be broken.

Found the tyres really confidence-inspiring, especially on wet and bad road surfaces. Felt more confident on them compared to the stock Pirellis, especially on wet roads. The dual-purpose design really helps on bad roads. The same suspension of Inty that felt mediocre before, felt a lot better on Ralcos. At 5k a pair they are such a bargain.

They are H rated (150 kph), compared to the P-rated Pirellis. I hardly ever do speeds exceeding 120Kph so it doesn't really matter to me. Also, I never do hard cornering, so I can't really comment on how will the Ralcos behave in those situations. For everything else, they work really well and are cheap too.

The only difference I could experience was that on smooth roads, the ride felt more confident on the Pirellis post 110 Kph compared to Ralcos, but the difference is only marginal and I am ok to live with the compromise given the fact that Ralcos felt superior on wet and bad roads. Also, the tread pattern doesn't really suit the retro looks of the Inty, but I am the kind of person who values function over form, so it doesn't really bother me.

Another pleasant surprise is that the wobbling issue at 80kph, which I was facing since I bought the bike has completely gone. Had numerous things done and many visits to SC but the issue persisted. With the new tyres, the bike is rock solid and there is no wobbling at any speed.

P.S. If you plan to go with Ralcos, make sure to install the front tyre in the reverse direction of rotation as marked on the tyre, since it is supposed to be a rear tyre as per the manufacturer and we are using it in the front.

Posting a few pictures from the ride below.

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