Michelin Power Pure

    Ranking: #3 Sportbike Street Tire, #15 Sportbike Track Tire

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    Tire/Tyre Description


    • Light Tire Technology (LTT): MICHELIN® Power PureT tires are some two pounds lighter per pair* than other comparable sportbike tires, without compromising durability or performance. LTT reduces unsprung weight and rotating mass, benefiting acceleration, braking and grip.
    • Two Compound Technology (2CT): The center compound withstands aggressive acceleration and braking, while the softer shoulder compound helps ensure outstanding grip on road or track. Wider 2CT shoulders compared to other MICHELIN® tires mean that most or all of the contact patch is made up of softer, grippier rubber when the bike is leaned into corners.
    • Semi-slick tread design: Grooves cover only 12% of the tread surface, helping to maximize the contact patch. The resulting grip helps facilitate extreme lean angles. MICHELIN® Power PureT tread patterns were inspired by those of MICHELIN® racing rain tires.
    • New racing-derived tread compounds: Michelin enlisted the experience of its competition chemists and materials experts to develop three all-new tread compounds for Power Pure.



    • Tires warm quickly
    • Tire weight is less than competitor’s tires, benefiting suspension, braking, steering and acceleration
    • Turn in is progressive and neutral


    • Wet handling is not particularly good, abrupt sliding

    Overall Tire/Tyre Review

    The Michelin Power Pure is more of a street tire than a track tire. Dry handling is solid. Provides weight savings without having to buy expensive wheels. The claim is that a set of tires is two pounds less than the competition’s tires. Those would be the Bridgestone BT-016′s, Dunlop Qualifier 2′s, Metzeler Sportec M3′s and Pirelli Diablo Rosso’s. Overall the tire is average in formal testing.

    Reviews by Source

    www.motorcycle-superstore.com Rear

    32 reviews. 4.5 of 5 stars. On a 2006 ZX6R – got 9,000 miles, completely trust the tires. On a 2010 VFR1000 – got 7,000 miles, handling and wear are phenomenal. Another feels the Power Pure beat out the Diablos. Another rider in Colorado was at the wear bars at 2,750 miles, very stable at extreme lean angles.

    www.motorcycle-superstore.com Front

    20 reviews. 4.6 of 5 stars. On a 1999 CBR600F4 – neither tire needed weights, handle terrific. On a GSXR 1000 – confidence inspiring even in cold weather with loose gravel and dirt, stick well even in the middle. On a Buell 1125R – replaced OEM Pirelli Supercorsa IIIs with this tire, handling as good or better than more expensive Pirellis, great on street or track.


    Ducati Monster S4RS review with Power Pure tires. Couldn’t recommend more highly for track/canyon use. Very good overview of how decreased tire weight translates to improved handling, braking, etc on the bike.


    Liked dry handling but not wet.

    www.kneedraggers.com Rear Tire

    4 reviews. 5 of 5 stars. One rider reports they have awesome cornering grip, good straight line grip. Another reports they like these better than Bridgestone BT016′s, more confidence in the corners, can tell the tires are lighter. Another feels the traction is as good as Pirelli Corsa IIIs but cost a lot less. On a ZX-10R – on tight, twisty roads the bike handled the best it ever has, tires warm up very fast and inspire confidence.

    www.kneedraggers.com Front Tire

    3 reviews. 4.5 of 5 stars. One rider reports they like these better than Bridgestone BT016′s, more confidence in the corners, can tell the tires are lighter. Another says you can tell immediately the weight difference, especially when transitioning side to side, isn’t any slip when transitioning between compunds.

    www.revzilla.com Rear Tire

    9 reviews. 5 of 5 stars. On a Kawasaki ZX1200 – feels like a different motorcycle, corners better and comfort knowing will stick the corners. Another got 8,500 miles, like them better than stock Pirelli Corsa’s, have slipped a couple of times in the rain. Another used to run Pilot Power 2CTs, got 10,000 miles, have entered a corner too hot and simply lean more. Another likes these tires better than Dunlop Qualifiers, much smoother turn-in, handles much better in the corners.

    Motorrad Tire test

    In a 2012 Motorrad sport bike tire test for road use tires. Tested in Spain on a Suzuki GSX-R 600. Overall results: 1-Bridgestone S20, 2-Continental Sport Attack 2, 3-Michelin Power Pure, 4-Pirelli Diablo Rosso 2, 5-Dunlop Sportsmart (US Q2), 6-Metzeler M5 Interact.

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