Michelin introduces Power Pure tires

Michelin has unveiled the new Power Pure, what it calls the lightest premium sport motorcycle tire

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Mar. 09, 2010
Michelin has unveiled the new Power Pure, what it calls the lightest premium sport motorcycle tire.

According to Michelin, Power Pure tires weighs two pounds less than Bridgestone’s BT-016, Dunlop’s Sportmax Qualifier II, Metzeler’s Sportrec M3 and Pirelli’s Diablo Rosso tires. Michelin claims saving two pounds from tires offers the same advantage as reducing the weight of wheels by six pounds or brake discs by eight pounds because of inertia.

Michelin says the lighter tires do not come at the expense of safety or mileage. Michelin says the tread on Power Pure tires are just as thick as its previous tires.

Power Pure tires also use a new version of Michelin’s Two-Compound Technology, with a higher proportion of soft compounds. Both front and rear Power Pure tires have more soft rubber than found in Michelin Pilot Power 2CT tires. According to Michelin, the rear tire contact patch is 100% soft rubber at lean angles greater than 24 degrees, compared to just 72% for rear Pilot Power 2CT tires at 50 degrees.

Michelin Power Pure tires will be available with two sizes for front tires and four for the rear.