Posted on January 03, 2022

New Michelin Road 6 Tire Raises Bar for Sport Touring Motorcyclists

  • Latest generation pushes already legendary performance further  
  • Tire improves performance for a range of riders across disciplines
  • Improved wet grip and tread life give riders confidence over more miles

The MICHELIN® Road 6 tire brings enthusiasts multiple new features designed to improve wet grip, longevity and appearance on a range of motorcycles.

The new tire, available now, is designed to improve performance for roadster, trail, sport and GT motorcycles and is available in the standard MICHELIN Road 6 tire range, as well as the MICHELIN Road 6 GT tire range for larger, heavier touring motorcycles.

Technologies from Michelin’s research centers around the world, coupled with the class-leading technology of the tire’s predecessor, the MICHELIN® Road 5 tire, leverage two decades of innovation to bring riders the following benefits:

Wet grip: The MICHELIN® Road 6 tire has 15% more grip than its predecessor in wet conditions thanks to silica technology tread compounds and a new tread pattern featuring MICHELIN® Water Evergrip Technology™.1

Longevity: The MICHELIN® Road 6 tire delivers 10% longer tread life compared with the previous generation.2

Tread design: An optimized ratio of grooves to rubber, known as the void ratio, gives improved grip performance in both wet and dry conditions. This ratio is not compromised when cornering, so riders have constant and accurate feedback from their tires. The MICHELIN® X-Sipe Technology™ combined with MICHELIN® Water Evergrip Technology™ ensures the tire has consistent grip throughout conditions and maintains its grip even as the tire wears – giving riders confidence in the tire from the first mile to the last mile. There are also new groove and sipe angles with longer edges that cut through water film and maintain road grip.

Tire compounds: MICHELIN® Silica Rain Technology™ improves the tire’s grip in colder conditions and on wet roads, promoting continuous performance and longer tread life. New for the MICHELIN Road 6 tire ranges is MICHELIN® 2CT+ Technology applied for the first time to the front tire, giving riders more stability entering corners.

Tire architecture: MICHELIN® Amplified Density Technology™ is a highly dense, rigid tire casing that gives riders excellent feedback and handling. Aramid tread plies resist centrifugal growth at speed, reduce weight and provide stability.

Improved aesthetics: MICHELIN® Premium Touch Technology™ is used in the design of the sidewalls, a feature originating from ultra-high-performance tires for sportscars. This exclusive technology uses micro geometry on the sidewalls to create texture, which in-turn allows it to modulate contrast and create shades of gray to highlight the tire markings and give an attractive finish.

The new tire range comprises six front and eight rear sizes, while the GT tire range is available in one front and three rear sizes. This complete range provides fitments for everything from small roadsters such as the KTM 390, through trail bikes, and up to GT machines such as the BMW K1600 GT/GTL.

Michelin Road Tire History

The MICHELIN® Road 6 tire follows a long line of Michelin firsts in this tire category:

2002 - MICHELIN® Pilot® Road – the first road tire range
2007 - MICHELIN® Pilot® Road 2 – the first road tire range featuring MICHELIN 2CT Technology
2011 - MICHELIN® Pilot® Road 3 – the first road tire range featuring sipes
2014 - MICHELIN® Pilot® Road 4 – the first road tire range with a dedicated GT version
2018 - MICHELIN® Road 5 – the first road tire range using MICHELIN Water Evergrip Technology
2022 - MICHELIN® Road 6 tire is launched, brining industry-leading performances to a variety of motorcycles


1. Based on internal lap time testing conducted in 2020 in Fontange, France on wet surfaces using a 2018 SUZUKI 1250 Bandit S fitted with 120/70 ZR 17 front and 180/55 ZR17 rear tires comparing MICHELIN® Road 6 and MICHELIN® Road 5 tires. Actual results may vary.

2. Based on external wear testing conducted in 2020 by Dekra in France using a 2014 BMW K1300R fitted with 120/70 ZR 17 front and 180/55 ZR17 rear tires comparing weight loss of MICHELIN® Road 6 and MICHELIN® Road 5 tires after 2500 miles. Actual results may vary.


Ed Parker | May 16, 2023 @ 1:55PM
Would you recommend the Road 6 GT tires for use on a 2010 HD Heritage Softail Classic and a 2008 HD Softail Deluxe? And if so do they come with Wide White Walls?

Aira | December 21, 2022 @ 2:07AM
Your work is very good and I appreciate all your effort in sharing this. Hoping for some more informative posts in future as well. Thank you for sharing great information with us.
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Andrew Evans | January 4, 2022 @ 3:10AM
Having fitted Road 5,s to my Aprilia 1000 and my Yamaha R1 can't believe these can be improved on, will be fitting the new 6 when my current tyres expire.

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About Michelin North America

Michelin, the leading mobility company, is working with tires, around tires and beyond tires to enable Motion for Life. Dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility and sustainability, Michelin designs and distributes the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its customers’ needs. Michelin provides digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences. Bringing its expertise to new markets, the company is investing in high-technology materials, 3D printing and hydrogen, to serve a wide variety of industries — from aerospace to biotech. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Michelin North America has approximately 22,500 employees and operates 34 production facilities in the United States and Canada. (michelinman.com