Michelin Power RS £247
Brand new for this year, the Power RS replace the Supersport Evo in the French firm’s range and are available in a wide range of sizes, to suit everything from 300cc A2 licence machines to supersports, superbikes and the fat-tyred Ducati Diavel.
As you’d expect from a new evolution of tyre, profiles, construction and compounds have been tweaked and honed. The slightly lower-spec, but solid allrounder Pilot Power 3 sports tyre will continue in the range.
What are they like?
Although the Power RS is designed for sporty road use and the occasional trackday, Michelin let us try them at the Cartagena circuit in southern Spain on a BMW S1000RR – an aggressive machine that’s demanding on tyres.
Michelin brought along a pair of Metzeler’s M7 Sportec RRS (set to Metzeler’s recommended track pressure) for us to compare the Power RS against. The Germanmade tyre has been at the top of MCN’S tyre tree for the past two years and was always going to take some beating. But the new Michelins are a step ahead for ultimate grip, feel and confidence on the track, which is an impressive feat.
The Power RS rubber takes a lap or two to scrub-in and come up to operating temperature from brand new. As soon as they’re good to go they feel like racing tyres compared to the Metzelers.
Front grip is outstanding and you can fire into corners at silly speeds, trailing the brake, and still neatly make the apex.
They let you carry competitionlevels of lean and on the way out of a corner the rear grip is superb, too. And when 200bhp eventually unsticks the Michelins, they drift with complete control and confidence. They’re agile, predictable and above all, make the BMW fun and easy to ride.
Such is the amount of grip available on track they’ll handle anything you’ll be able to throw at them on the road, no matter what bike you ride.
Front: 11/70 R17, 120/60 R17, 120/70 R17 Rear: 140/70 R17, 150/60 R17, 160/60 R17, 180/55 R17, 180/60 R17, 190/50 R17, 190/55 R17, 200/55 R17, 240/45 R17 Q Contact www.moto.michelin.co.uk