Miche­lin Power RS £247

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Tyre Guide -

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.

Sizes avail­able

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

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