February 17 2010.

Michelin has launched the new City Grip scooter tyre, the first tyre of it type to feature Michelin's latest Progressive Sipe Technology (PST) to improve safety on wet roads.

The City Grip replaces the Michelin Gold Standard range and covers a large percentage of the scooters 125cc and above.

As more than 80 per cent of scooter riders use their machines daily they have to be prepared for all weather conditions and this is where the City Grip excels with its advanced sipe design.

PST features sipes which run the full depth of the tread rubber and cut through the film of water on wet roads to maintain contact with the road surface. The number of sipes increases towards the shoulder of the tyre so that more of them are in contact with the road as the bike leans in corners, increasing grip and improving safety, even when riding over white lines and manhole covers.

In addition, the City Grip features a new tread design which gradually changes from slick in the centre of the tread to heavily grooved at the shoulders. This design provides the best compromise between grip and tyre life and ensures the tyre will offer riders exceptional value for money and high safety levels

The high level of performance offered by the City Grip is clearly demonstrated by the fact that the tyre has already been approved as original equipment by various manufacturers including Aprilia, Gilera, MBK, Peugeot, Piaggio and Yamaha.

The new City Grip is available in 25 sizes including two new dimensions: 100/80-16 50P and 120/80-16 60P.