Michelin today launched its high performance MICHELIN Pilot Road 2 and MICHELIN Pilot Street Radial motorcycle tires in India. MICHELIN Pilot Road 2 is targeted at the 500+ cc segment of sports and super bikes and MICHELIN Pilot Street Radial focuses on the 250cc- 500cc segment of motorbikes.
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Pradeep Thampy, Commercial Director – Motorcycle & Scooter tyres, Michelin India, said “Biking is rapidly becoming an extension of the personality for the young at heart, which is fuelling the growth of the Indian premium bike segment. There is a gradual but sure shift from usage of bikes from utilitarian to leisure and recreation. This segment is only going to increase, with industry analysts pegging the 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.”
“With the introduction of these tyres in the market Michelin demonstrates its worldwide commitment to riders to provide new tyres, each of which delivers more performance – taking India to a higher plane of mobility. Over the years, Michelin has constantly demonstrated its commitment to make motorbike 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. Combining these qualities is the promise that underlies Michelin Total Performance. Michelin tyres deliver safety, riding enjoyment and total mileage”, he added.
The MICHELIN Pilot Road 2 is specifically designed for 500+ cc motorbikes. It is manufactured with the 2-compound technology borrowed from Michelin’s learnings from MotoGP technology. This technology offers dual performance capabilities in one – softer rubber on the shoulders for grip and harder rubber in the centre for increased mileage. The MICHELIN Pilot Road 2 in addition to its best in class wet grip and longevity, offers excellent performance in other handling parameters like dry braking, agility (steering) among others.
The new-size MICHELIN Pilot Street Radial has been designed with two HMLS (High Modulus Low Shrinkage) Polyester carcass plies, providing the required rigidity for optimal handling performances as well as expected endurance. It is supported by a 0o circumferential belt made of aramid material for an optimized contact patch.
MICHELIN Pilot Road 2 is available in sizes of 120/70 ZR 17 (58W), 180/55 ZR 17 (73W) and 190/55 ZR 17 (73W) and price ranging from Rs. 8,772 to Rs. 12,808. The MICHELIN Pilot Road 2 can be used as a fitment for Ducati Monster, Honda CBR 1000R, Suzuki Bandit, Kawasaki ZZR, Yamaha FZS Frazer, Yamaha MT-01, Triumph Speed Triple & BMW R1200 ST.
The MICHELIN Pilot Street Radial is available in sizes of 110/70 R17, 130/70 R 17 and 140/70 R 17 and price ranging from 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.