Can you get puncture-resistant tyres for big bikes?

Author: Bike Social Posted: 06 Dec 2014

Michelin's new City Pro puncture-resistant tyre

Following our story on Michelin’s new puncture-resistant tyres, Alan Barker got in touch to ask whether we thought we’d ever see puncture-resistant tyres for bigger bikes.

We thought we’d go one better than answering it ourselves and put the question to James Dimmock, Michelin’s Marketing Manager for the UK, ROI, Nordics & Russia.

ALAN ASKED:

“It’s great seeing puncture-resistant tyres but at the moment they only seem to be for small city commuters. Will we ever see them for big bikes?”

MICHELIN ANSWER:
I suppose the answer is, we kind of already do - or at least we use technologies in bigger bike tyres that maximise riding time and minimise issues! We use a special rubber liner of Butyl improve to the seal in a tubeless tyre - it doesn't contribute to the robustness - but what it does do is ensure that the seal is as good as it can be.

“Moreover, ZR series tyres are Tubeless (which provide real added value in terms of safety during pressure loss). In terms of the puncture resistance, radial tyres with a 0 ° belt contain aramid (Kevlar - the belt is actually made from this material) which is particularly resistant to damage.

So, many technologies are already deployed for larger bike tyres, and as ever we keep pushing forward with new technologies as the market demands - but don't forget two key points 1) A Michelin motorcycle tyre is puncture repairable, so if the worse does happen there is still an option to gain maximum life (subject to local legislation / area and impact of damage) and 2) Punctures are a rare occurrence!”

So there you have it! We might not have labelled puncture-resistant tyres for bigger bikes but at least you can sleep well knowing existing rubber has similarly robust qualities to the puncture-resistant tyres available for smaller machines.  

 

Latest Advice
  • The wheel bearings on your motorcycle are vital to good handling and safety, so knowing how to check, remove and replace them is vital. We show you how…
    How to remove and replace motorcycle wheel bearings
  • How to sell your bike with ease and avoid scammers
    Riding Advice: My first… eBay Sale
  • What is the speed limit in the UK and how can you know what it is on each road? A law passed in 1935 makes it simple, so never get caught speeding again…
    What is the speed limit in the UK? The easy way to remember
  • Thousands of motorcycles, scooters, cars, caravans and other vehicles are listed on eBay through a hacked account scam. Here’s how to spot the fraud…
    eBay fraud: How to spot the hacked account scam