Michelin, the world's leading automotive tyre manufacturer, has launched its high performance tyres namely - Michelin Pilot Road 2 and Michelin Pilot Street Radial, in India. Michelin Pilot Road 2 is targeted at the 500+ cc segment of sports and super bikes like Ducati Monster, Honda CBR 1000R, Suzuki Bandit, Kawasaki ZZR, Yamaha FZS Fazer, Yamaha MT-01, Triumph Speed Triple and BMW R1200ST. While, Michelin Pilot Street Radial focuses on 250cc - 500cc segment of motorbikes which includes Kawasaki Ninja 250, Ninja 300, Honda CBR 250 and Honda CB 300R. With this Michelin, pioneers of radialization in tyres, introduce ISI Marked Radial tyres in India for the segment.
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 fueling 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 customer 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 riding enjoyable in all situationa 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 Perfromance. Michelin tyres delivers safety, riding enjoyment and total mileage", he added.
The Michelin Pilot Road 2 is manufactured with the 2-compound technology borrowed from Michelin's learning from MotoGP technology. This technology offers dual performance capabilities in one - softer rubber on the shoulders for grip and harder rubber in in the center for increased mileage. The Michelin Pilot Road 2 in addition to its best in class wet grip and longevity, offers excellence 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 piles, 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 190/22 ZR 17 (73W) and its price starting from Rs. 8,772 to Rs. 12,808. The Michelin Pilot Street Radial is available in sizes of 110/70 R17, 130/70 R17 and 140/70 R 17 and price ranging from Rs. 4,502 to Rs. 5,927.