As official tyre supplier to MotoGP, Michelin has a wealth of racing knowledge to draw on for its tyres which has now culminated in the Michelin Power motorcycle tyre range for large displacement motorcycles. Aiming to provide a safe but performance oriented experience for motorcycle riders, Michelin Power comes in four different versions.
Designed for the rider who spends more time on the road, the Power 5 delivers both grip and tyre longevity on tarmac, especially in wet conditions. This is reflected in the tread void ratio of 11% – the difference between the amount of rubber and the gap between the tread blocks – which allows for better water dispersion.
Sizing for the Power 5 is 120/70-17 for the front tyre, priced at RM 423. For the rear, sizing starts at 160/60-17 for RM530, up to 200/55-17 at RM659.
For the sportier rider, the Power GP is a balance between a road and track tyre. For performance during hard cornering the Power GP features shoulders that are slick for grip and stability at extreme lean angles and a tread void of 6.5% for water dispersion when upright.
Pricing for the Power GP is RM439 for a 120/70-17 front tyre. At the back, pricing starts at RM549 for a 180/55-17, with the 190/50-17 and 190/55-17 costing RM627 and RM643 respectively, these being the most popular rear tyre sizes for performance oriented motorcycles.
Going up the performance ladder, the Power Cup 2 is designed for the track day enthusiast with a dedicated sports bike. Meant for 90% track duties with occasional road use, the Power Cup 2 is essentially a road-legal track tyre.
Sizing choices for the Power Cup 2 are 120/70-17 for the front, at RM471. For the rear tyre, there are three choices – 180/55-17 at RM565, 190/55-17 at RM643 and 200/55-17 at RM659.
At the top of Michelin’s Power motorcycle tyre range is the Power Slick 2, a dedicated track-only tyre designed for fast riding. Fast warm up time is a key feature of the Power Slick 2, with both the Power Cup 2 and Power Slick 2 shown to improve lap times and offer better tyre life during testing.
For the front, the Power Slick 2 retails at RM518 for a 120/70-17 tyre. There are only two choices for the rear tyre, a 190/55-17 at RM675 and 200/55-17 at RM706.
All four of Michelin’s Power motorcycle tyres share technology taken from the race track translated to the road, with dual-compound treads, ACT+ tyre architecture as well as tread designs derived from computer modelling. Also featured is Michelin’s ‘Premium Touch Technology’ giving the Power range of tyres aesthetic contrast and a velvet effect in shades of black.
Coming with diverse and extensive experience in heavy engineering, Mohan enjoys making anything with wheels go fast, especially motorcycles. His weapon of choice is the Desmoquattro engine, and he has a penchant for anything with a dash of Italian design. Strangely enough, he insists he’s a slow rider.