The high-tech Sport Touring MICHELIN Road 5 tire
Four years on from the launch of the MICHELIN Pilot Road 4, incontestably one of the most popular Sport Touring tires available today with sales of 1.5 million units, Michelin has pushed the envelope further still with the MICHELIN Road 5.
Designed for road use and suited to most types of road bike, the fifth-generation MICHELIN Road 5 tire comes in a choice of two versions (Standard and Trail) and has plenty of arguments in its favour in its bid to win over customers in the highly competitive Sport Touring tire market.
To be sure of providing the most relevant response to the needs and demands of motorcyclists the world over, Michelin took a close look at how its customers used their motorcycles, from a means of travelling to and from work, to escaping the crowd for a weekend away. The result is a fundamentally new tire in terms of its architecture, tread pattern and rubber compounds to deliver even more grip on wet and roads alike, along with enhanced agility and stability.
The MICHELIN Road 5 tire packs recent innovations like MICHELIN ACT+, as well as optimised rubber compounds and MICHELIN XST Evo progressive sipe technology for improved water clearance capacity. Meanwhile, the use of metal additive manufacturing technology, which permits the making of highly sophisticated moulds, has allowed Michelin to not only deliver even better grip on wet roads but to keep ahead of the competition*, while at the same time offering long tire life. Indeed, with 5,000 kilometres on the clock, the MICHELIN Road 5 tire brakes as short as a new MICHELIN Pilot Road 4** tire, its predecessor, yet it still provides outstanding grip in dry conditions, as well as superior handling in comparison with its chief rivals*** and enhanced stability.
While not an end in itself, innovation is vital when it comes to moving forward in a way that is beneficial to customers and this is why it is such a core part of the Michelin Group’s strategy. To be able to anticipate the needs of customers and address them with real solutions calls for innovation that is inspired by real-world usages, mobility practices and climatic conditions.
Michelin sees the launch of the MICHELIN Road 5 tire as a means to reinforce its position as one of the radial Sport Touring tire market leaders in Europe and North America.
(*) According to the results of an independently-certified in-house test organised at Michelin’s test track in Fontange, France, in October 2017, which compared the performance of MICHELIN Road 5 tires (front: 120/70 ZR 17 / rear: 180/55 ZR 17) with that of similarly-sized METZELER Roadtec 01, DUNLOP Road Smart 3, CONTINENTAL Road Attack 3, PIRELLI Angel GT and BRIDGESTONE T30 EVO tires fitted to a Suzuki Bandit 1250.
(**) According to the results of an independently-certified in-house test organised at Michelin’s test track in Ladoux, France, in October 2017 which compared a front MICHELIN Road 5 having travelled a distance of 5,636km with a new MICHELIN Pilot Road 4.
(***) According to the results of a Michelin-commissioned test performed by MTE Test Center in October 2017 which compared the 1) handling, 2) stability and 3) grip performance in dry weather of MICHELIN Road 5 tires (front: 120/70 ZR 17 / rear: 180/55 ZR 17) with that of similarly-sized METZELER Roadtec 01, DUNLOP Road Smart 3, CONTINENTAL Road Attack 3, PIRELLI Angel GT and BRIDGESTONE T30 EVO tires fitted to a Kawasaki Z900.