Michelin today announced the MICHELIN Road 5, its newest motorcycle tire, designed specifically for sport touring motorcycles with patented technologies that provide riders with enhanced grip, comfort, and stability, particularly in wet conditions.
Available in January, the MICHELIN Road 5 incorporates patented MICHELIN XST Evo siping and ACT+ technology to add a new dimension of confidence in wet and dry conditions over the life of the tire. Even after 5,000 kilometers , a MICHELIN Road 5 tire stops as short as a new MICHELIN Pilot? Road 4 tire when braking in wet conditions.
“The MICHELIN Road 5 tire represents a breakthrough in motorcycle tire technology,” said Ross Shields, Michelin Two Wheel Commercial Director for Asia. “With design and technology DNA incorporated from Michelin’s leading research and development team, we are able to set a new benchmark for the effects of tire wear and performance over time.”
The MICHELIN Road 5 tire builds on the innovative designs of two distinct predecessors, the MICHELIN Pilot Road 4, and Michelin’s leading automobile tire, the MICHELIN Premier A/S.
Superior Wet Grip
The wet grip of a worn MICHELIN Road 5 tire is as good as a new MICHELIN Pilot Road 4 tire thanks to Michelin’s revolutionary patented MICHELIN XST Evo water drop sipes, which grow wider mile after mile.
In 2011, Michelin revolutionized motorcycle tire design with the patented MICHELIN XST sipe design which was enhanced again in 2014 with XST+ siping technology found in the MICHELIN Pilot Road 4. Designed to evacuate water efficiently, which helps increase confidence during wet conditions, this technology now leads the segment for wet grip performance.
MICHELIN XST Evo represents a new iteration of siping in the MICHELIN Road 5 tires. This technology is borrowed from the tiremaker’s Evergrip tread design, first introduced in the MICHELIN Premier A/S tire in 2014. The Premier A/S for passenger cars introduced the breakthrough concept of maintaining wet-braking performance as the tire wears.
Impeccable Dry Grip, Stability and AgilityIn addition to optimizing wet grip, the MICHELIN Road 5 tire is designed to ensure outstanding grip on dry roads and superior stability compared with its predecessor, thanks to a combination of all new tread compounds and revolutionary adaptive casing technology called MICHELIN ACT+.
The design of the casing ply, introduced in MICHELIN Power RS tires, incorporates high angles and overlapping cross plies, which allows for exceptional cornering stability while maintaining the high-flexibility in the crown for straight-line stability.
Mr. Shields also revealed, "This year, we will strategically focus more on the motorcycle tire market in Thailand. In doing so, we have appointed Ek Paiboon Yang Yont Limited Partnership, which has over 40 years of experience in its field of expertise, as our new authorized distributor for Michelin big bike tires. With Ek Paiboon Yang Yont’s exceptional service and comprehensive network of tire shops nationwide, we are convinced that product distribution as well as before- and after-sales services will be brought to another level that ensures optimum customer experience and satisfaction."
With price ranging from 12,000 to 14,000 Baht per tire, the new MICHELIN Road 5 is now available in 2 front and 5 rear sizes, offering fitments for a broad range of popular and premium motorcycles designed for safety and driving comfort. For more information, please visit www.michelin.co.th, call MICHELIN Hotline at 02 700 3993, or contact authorized dealers nationwide.
Michelin, the leading tire company, is dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its clients’ needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences; and developing high-technology materials that serve the mobility industry. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in 171 countries, has more than 114,000 employees and operates 70 production facilities in 17 countries which together produced around 190 million tires in 2017.