Michelin India launched its high performance MICHELIN Pilot Road 2 and MICHELIN Pilot Street Radial motorcycle tyres. MICHELIN Pilot Road 2 is targeted at the 500cc and above segment of Super Bikes and MICHELIN Pilot Street Radial is compatible with the 250cc to 500cc range of motorcycles.
Pradeep Thampy, Commercial Director of Motorcycle & Scooter tyres, Michelin India, said “Biking is rapidly becoming an extension of the personality for the young at heart, which is escalating growth of the Premium Bike Segment in India. There is a gradual shift of usage for bikes, from utilitarian to leisure and recreation. Industry analysts predict this segment's annual growth at 25%. MICHELIN Pilot Road 2 and MICHELIN Pilot Street Radial will cater to the needs of this growing market and will provide the consumer with a fitting product. Over the years, Michelin has constantly demonstrated its commitment to make motorcycle riding enjoyable in all situations and to develop tyre ranges that deliver the best performance across the board, in terms of dry or wet grip, feel and steering accuracy, and total mileage”.
The MICHELIN Pilot Road 2 has been designed for the 500cc+ motorcycles. It uses an innovative 'dual-compound' technology that has been derived from Michelin’s MotoGP experience which offers dual performance capabilities in one single tyre, softer rubber on the shoulders for grip and harder rubber in the centre patch to enhance fuel economy. The MICHELIN Pilot Road 2 offers best in class wet-road grip as well as improved longevity; whiole also satisfying other parameters like dry braking and steering agility for quick direction changes.
The MICHELIN Pilot Road 2 is available in sizes ranging from 120/70 ZR 17 (58W), 180/55 ZR 17 (73W) and 190/55 ZR 17 (73W); prices spread over Rs. 8,772 to Rs. 12,808. This tyre is an appropriate fit for the Ducati Monster, Honda CBR 1000R, Suzuki Bandit, Kawasaki ZZR, Yamaha FZS & Fazer, Yamaha MT-01, Triumph Speed Triple & BMW R1200 ST.
The new MICHELIN Pilot Street Radial has been designed with two High Modulus Low Shrinkage (HMLS) Polyester carcass plies thus offering required rigidity for optimal handling performances as well as increased endurance. It is supported by a specific circumferential belt made of Aramid material for an optimized contact patch.
The MICHELIN Pilot Street Radial is available in sizes ranging from 110/70 R17, 130/70 R17 and 140/70 R17; prices spread over Rs. 4,502 to Rs. 5,927. The MICHELIN Pilot Street Radial can be used as a fitment for Kawasaki Ninja 250, Ninja 300, Honda CBR 250 & Honda CB 300R.