Michelin Releases “Lightest Sports Motorcycle Tyre Ever”
Michelin has announced the world premiere of its Power Pure, which the French manufacturer says is the lightest sports motorcycle tyre in its category. As a result of the decreased weight, Michelin says the Power Pure tyres offer “unmatched handling with greater responsiveness and enhanced riding pleasure.” They are available now.
To research the tyre’s lowest-weight claim, Michelin compared the weight of a set of Power Pure tyres in sizes 120/70 ZR 17 and 190/50 ZR 17 with the weight of competing tyres in the same category produced by four major-brand manufacturers; the company says the new tyres came out two pounds lighter than the other unnamed tyres, making it the lightest dual-compound tyre ever approved for road use. The front and rear tyres are available in two and four sizes respectively to fit a broad range of sports bikes. It is available now.
The Michelin Power Pure also offers benefits in terms of safety and longevity, according to the French giant. Safety has been improved by the application of second-generation, dual-compound technology developed specifically for the Power Pure. The soft layer of rubber on the tyre’s shoulders has been widened to provide more traction when the bike begins to lean. Michelin has continued to make longevity a key aspiration in its development of the new tyre; the Power Pure owes its longevity, says the manufacturer, to the depth of its tread, which is the same as that of previous-generation tyres.
With the amount of rubber used remaining the same, the decrease in weight has been achieved through the company’s “Michelin Light Tire Technology”. The new sports motorcycle tyre has been labelled a “good illustration of the Group’s strategy”, which is, it says, “never to sacrifice one performance characteristic for another.” This has meant the integration of several “cutting-edge technologies developed by Michelin for high-performance motorcycles” to develop the Michelin Power Pure.