Long-distance touring enthusiasts rejoice: Michelin had introduced a GT version of its Road 5. The tyre maker states that the Michelin Road 5 GT has been “developed in exactly the same spirit and to the same rigorous standards” as its 2018-launched sibling, but focuses on the specific requirements of touring bike riders looking for “safety, comfort, long life, stability and sheer riding enjoyment” in a range of conditions.
Imagine a motorcycle tyre tread that regenerates itself with evolving sipes. How is this possible? As you eat up the miles, grooves appear and the tread pattern on the tyre increases to maintain the best possible water evacuation. That’s what XST Evo sipes do. The sipes can be found on the Michelin Road 5, the first motorcycle tyre to utilise 3D metal printing technology.
After four years and more than 1.5 million units sold, at the start of next year a successor to the Pilot Road 4 – the tyre Michelin calls the “European sport touring tyre market’s undisputed benchmark” – will arrive. And despite having such big shoes to fill, with the new Road 5 Michelin says it has “taken the performance of its sport radial tyre range to an even higher level.”