Apollo Tyres showcasing motorcycle tyre at EICMA – European Vredestein range on its way
Apollo Tyres will present its new radial motorcycle tyre at the EICMA show in Milan, which opens to the public tomorrow. Although the Apollo Alpha-H1 is currently only available in India, it is nevertheless of interest to us as Apollo Tyres confirms that “preparations are now underway to further develop and tune the technology for Europe.” Furthermore, the introduction of two-wheeler tyres in Europe will be facilitated by new development and test facilities within the region.
“We are at the beginning of further rolling out our motorcycle division worldwide,” says Alberto Vigano, general manager two-wheel tyres at Apollo Tyres. “We have a very good product for the Indian market, but will soon also come with an interesting product for the European market under the well-known Vredestein brand that has been operating in the premium and ultra-high-performance car, bicycle and agricultural sectors since 1909. With this in mind we are currently setting-up a dedicated R&D department for motorcycle tyres in the Netherlands and a testing facility in Italy.”
Riders in India are able to purchase the Apollo Alpha-H1 in 110/70 R17 and 150/60 R17, sizes suited to fitment on small-displacement sports motorcycles such as the KTM 125, 390 Duke and BMW 310. The Alpha-H1 is the first radial motorcycle tyre with 0° steel belt technology to be produced in India.
The Apollo Alpha-H1 will be showcased at EICMA in partnership with the SST Group, a major player in the development of technical solutions for motorcycle companies and distributor of components for two-wheel vehicles. The SST Group is currently working with Apollo Tyres on the integration of the latest technological innovations into GPS systems.