Dated: 17 February 2010
New Progressive Sipe Technology on New Scooter Tyres
There was good news for scooter enthusiasts yesterday as Michelin announced the launch of their first ever ‘Progressive Sipe Technology’ (PST) Siped Scooter Tyre – the ‘City Grip’. This is the first tyre to feature Michelin’s PST, which has been designed to primarily enhance the safety when travelling in wet conditions.
Progressive Sipe Technology’s main characteristic is a set of sipes that run the full depth of the tread. Their purpose is to slice through any film of water that is present on wet road surfaces – maintaining the maximum contact possible with the road. Tyres with PST also have a larger number of sipes along their shoulders so that when a scooter leans the grip is greatly increased therefore improving the safety of the rider.
The new scooter range is said to balance the need for good grip and longevity with its specially designed tread pattern which boasts a slick centre and heavily grooved shoulders. This also means that customers can be assured that they are receiving good value for their money as well as a high level of safety from their tyres.
The City Grip tyre has already been accepted as original equipment by a variety of scooter manufacturers including Aprilia, Gilera, MBK, Peugeot, Piaggio and Yamaha.