First Look at Michelin Road 6 and Road 6 GT Motorcycle Tires [8 Fast Facts]
The Michelin Road motorcycle tire series celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and Michelin celebrates with the new Michelin Road 6 and Road 6 GT tires for sport-touring. We have been huge fans of the Road 5, so the new 6 piques our attention. Let’s review what’s new.
- Michelin claims better wet grip and better tire wear for the Road 6 compared to the 5. In numbers, that means 15% more wet grip and 10% longer tread life. Michelin claims this is accomplished without reducing dry grip or compromising handling characteristics. Stability would also be improved.
- The Road 6 has a new tread pattern to help keep water away from the tire. Michelin X-Sipe technology for tread sculpture is combined with Michelin Water Evergrip technology, which allows the tire to perform well in wet conditions after considerable wear.
- New compounds also help improve wet performance. Michelin calls it Silica Rain Technology. Like the new tread pattern, it is intended to improve the performance of the tire in the rain throughout its life.
- The Road 6 benefits from Michelin’s 2CT + technology, previously exclusive to rear tires. According to Michelin, this improves stiffness when cornering, including when braking hard or accelerating aggressively.
- The Road 6 GT is distinguished by an additional ply in the tire. Michelin calls it Reinforced Radial-X Evo Technology (formerly Michelin 2AT Technology), and that makes the GT a beefed-up version of the Road 6 that can handle heavier motorcycles. The standard Road 6 does it with Michelin Radial-X technology.
- The appearance of the new Road 6 is an upgrade. Okay, we all want our motorcycles to look good, so we can’t complain that Michelin is putting R&D in the form of its tires, as well as in function. Michelin likes to name its technology, and there is even a name for it. “Michelin Premium Touch technology is used in the design of the sidewalls, a feature derived from ultra high performance sports car tires,” according to a spokesperson. “This proprietary technology uses micro-geometry on the sidewalls to create texture, which in turn allows it to modulate contrast and create shades of gray to highlight tire markings and provide an attractive finish.”
- The new Michelin Road 6 is available in a wide range of sizes, including two 19-inch front tires for ADV-style sport touring motorcycles. There are six front tire size choices and eight for the rear. All rear tires are 17 inches with widths from 140mm to 190mm. The Road 6 GT only offers one front tire size: 120/70. GT rears are the big choices: 180/55, 190/50 and 190/55.
- We don’t usually get MSRPs for tires as they are often very discounted at the point of sale. Prices range from $ 171 for the 110/70 x 17 front to $ 369 for the Road 6 GT 190/55 x 17 rear. Unless there are supply chain issues, the Michelin Road 6 and Road 6 GT should be at your local dealership now.
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