Let’s be honest – tires are one of the least sexy things about a motorcycle. We’d all much rather talk about capacity, horsepower, torque – even how many pistons the front brake caliper has than really give a huge amount of thought into what rubber wraps around the wheels. But alongside your brakes, they quality of the tires you use is the main factor in not only how quickly you stop but how you grip the road in corners.
Michelin has announced that it will be revamping its performance motorcycle tire range starting in May this year with six new tires aimed at the track. The range goes from full racing slick to performance orientated tires you can use on the street as well. Michelin creates what we think is the best general riding tire – the Pilot Road series – so we don’t doubt that their track tires are among the best as well.
As per the press release, the tires (which will initially be available in the USA and Canada) are as follows:
- MICHELIN Power SuperMoto
Developed in collaboration with the best riders, this range turned in a winning performance at the 2014 FIM SuperMoto World Championship.It features a new 16-inch version and innovative rubber compounds that significantly and simultaneously improve feedback from the front tire, handling, grip and longevity.
- MICHELIN Power Slick Ultimate
Designed for experienced racers looking for quick lap times, this range is directly derived from the latest technological advances tested on the circuit.
- MICHELIN Power Cup Ultimate
This tire is a treaded version of the MICHELIN Power Slick Ultimate.
- MICHELIN Power Slick Evo
The MICHELIN Power Slick Evo is intended for the track and is ideal for weekend racer. Easy to handle, it features MICHELIN Adaptive Casing Technology (ACT) and a new highly versatile rubber compound that avoids having to make difficult tire choices related to weather and track conditions.
- MICHELIN Power Cup Evo
This tire is the treaded version of the MICHELIN Power Slick Evo.
- MICHELIN Power SuperSport Evo
The MICHELIN Power SuperSport Evo is designed for both road and track use. It delivers excellent longevity combined with wet and dry performance due to a combination of new rubber compounds and MICHELIN Adaptive Casing Technology (ACT).
Having officially announced its return to MotoGP in 2016, Michelin is gearing up for a new challenge in this premier motorcycle racing championship where bikes deliver up to 250 hp. A continuously evolving showcase of advanced technology, MotoGP is set to adopt the 17-inch wheel size which is the market standard for sports and road motorcycles which means more than ever we’ll begin to see MotoGP inspired and developed rubber available for sale.