Michelin Supplies Harley-Davidson OE
In the US Michelin is to supply Harley-Davidson with the new Michelin Scorcher 31 tyre, Michelin’s first original equipment fitment for Harley-Davidson. Available exclusively as original equipment on four 2010 Harley-Davidson Dyna models, the all-new tyre was unveiled today at the Harley-Davidson summer dealer meeting in Denver. The new tyre carries both companies’ trademarks on its sidewalls and the signature Harley-Davidson logo carved into the shoulder.
“Michelin has specifically engineered this innovative and durable tyre to meet the high expectations of Harley-Davidson owners,” said Gary Midkiff, vice president of Michelin North America’s two wheel division. “Michelin is excited to build upon our successful relationship with Harley-Davidson as we launch this historic first original equipment fitment.”
According to company literature, Michelin research and development teams used aramid belts under the rear tread to stabilize the contact patch. In addition, the carcass plies are made from polyester to provide exceptional ride comfort. The tyre is also said to have particular good mileage characteristics. As well as being offered as original equipment on 2010 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide, Super Glide Custom, Street Bob and Low Rider models, the Michelin Scorcher 31 tyre can also be fitted on a variety of 2006-2009 Dyna models.
Michelin began offering replacement tyres for Harley-Davidson motorcycles in 2007 when select sizes of the Michelin Commander and Macadam 50 tyres were first tested and validated by Harley-Davidson for fitment on a wide range of Sportster, Dyna, Softail and Touring motorcycles. The introduction of the MICHELIN Scorcher 31 tyre marks the first exclusive Michelin original equipment fitment on Harley-Davidson motorcycles.