Michelin Power One review

A Michelin MotoGP tyre for the likes of you and I

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By Rob Hoyles on Fri, 24 Jul 2009 - 12:07

The warm up is very impressive and happily, so is the level of feel, with a front-end feel not too dissimilar to Pirelli’s Diablo Supercorsa; plenty of warning when the front tyre screams enough and finally loses grip

THE SCIENCE PART: A lot of work has gone on in Michelin’s lab to make the road version of the Power One warm up quickly, grip well in the dry and work over a wide range of temperatures with decent grip in the wet. The race version is less versatile but gives more outright dry grip.

The slick is the most exciting tyre in the Power One range. While the range of compounds available is a little less generous than the one Yamaha MotoGP racer James Toseland got to choose from last year, we’re told the performance is very similar. The really clever bit is that after detailed research at more than 30 tracks around the world, the boffins at Michelin have been able to produce a triple compound tyre with a harder compound in the middle, a soft compound on one side and a super-soft “qualifier” type rubber on the other. The sides are denoted by a + and a - sign on the sidewalls, with + being soft and - being super-soft. This means riders can simply choose which way round to run the tyre. For example at Snetterton, where there are only two left-handers, neither of which put much heat into the tyre, the tyre could be run with the super-soft compound on the left hand side of the rear tyre.

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/product-features/tyre-launch-michelin-power-one-review/14262.html#ixzz2tgpsqfTW

THE SCIENCE PART: A lot of work has gone on in Michelin’s lab to make the road version of the Power One warm up quickly, grip well in the dry and work over a wide range of temperatures with decent grip in the wet. The race version is less versatile but gives more outright dry grip.

The slick is the most exciting tyre in the Power One range. While the range of compounds available is a little less generous than the one Yamaha MotoGP racer James Toseland got to choose from last year, we’re told the performance is very similar. The really clever bit is that after detailed research at more than 30 tracks around the world, the boffins at Michelin have been able to produce a triple compound tyre with a harder compound in the middle, a soft compound on one side and a super-soft “qualifier” type rubber on the other. The sides are denoted by a + and a - sign on the sidewalls, with + being soft and - being super-soft. This means riders can simply choose which way round to run the tyre. For example at Snetterton, where there are only two left-handers, neither of which put much heat into the tyre, the tyre could be run with the super-soft compound on the left hand side of the rear tyre.

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/product-features/tyre-launch-michelin-power-one-review/14262.html#ixzz2tgpsqfTW

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