Matt Wildee switched his OE tyres for the Michelin Power RS and has ridden 2,000 miles, they worked on both road and track.
Introduced at the start of last year, Michelin’s Power RS is designed to be a sporty, grippy road tyre that can also handle reasonably-fast track use. Deemed to sit between the Pilot Power 3 sports road tyre and the Power Cup Evo race tyre, they have been designed to warm up quickly, offer good grip at road-going speeds, yet still perform on the track. From my first impressions, they work very well.
I fitted them to my tweaked BMW R nineT Racer last year and for my needs and in this specific application, they were better than both the conservative OE Metzeler Roadtec touring tyres and the very racy Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SPs I also tried. The Supercorsas are excellent, with far more grip than the BMW could ever use, but the more neutral steering of the Michelins suited the R nineT.
On the road, they gave the bike a lovely, progressive, rolling nature that complemented the chassis and allowed loads of feel. They also performed well enough in the wet and worked in the cool autumn conditions as well as I could want. Wear was good, too. I’d expect to get 4000 miles from a rear. On the track, they could handle everything the 110bhp BMW could muster and broke away progressively as I probed the limits of the bike’s ground clearance. They gave reassurance on the first lap without any tyre warmers, too.
Nothing. They are everything you’d want in a do-it-all tyre. Before giving them a 100% endorsement, I’d want to try them on a 150bhp+ bike in hot conditions, but on the R nineT they gave me everything I could possibly need.
Price £280 a pair (varies depending on tyre size)
What other rubber have we put to the test?
Our BSB Reporter, Oli Rushby, has ridden 2500 miles on his Suzuki V-Strom 650 in all sorts of weather, on the Pirelli Angel GT tyres and he's chuffed with them.
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