Author: Bike Social Posted: 06 Dec 2014
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.
“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?”
“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.