Want as much "Harley" as possible on your ride? Michelin and Harley-Davidson joined forces recently to offer just that in the form of the all-new MICHELIN® Scorcher™ "31" tyre, which carries both companies' trademarks on its sidewalls and the signature Harley-Davidson logo carved into the shoulder. Available exclusively as original equipment on four 2010 Harley-Davidson® Dyna® models, the all-new tyre was unveiled on July 25th at the Harley-Davidson summer dealer meeting in Denver, Colorado.
"Michelin has specifically engineered this innovative and durable tyre to meet the high expectations of Harley-Davidson owners," said Gary Midkiff, Vice President of Michelin North America's Two-Wheel Division.
The MICHELIN® Scorcher™ "31" delivers superior performance in three key areas, providing sensational grip, impressive durability and excellent handling.
The exclusive deep-cut tread design improves grip and water evacuation capability. Grip performance, particularly on wet pavement, is also enhanced by the tyre's rubber compounds, which use the latest generation of MICHELIN® synthetic polymers.
The new tyre's particularly high mileage is a result of the premium-quality components used in its rubber compounds and Michelin's exclusive manufacturing process, which enables the new MICHELIN® Scorcher™ "31" to deliver truly outstanding durability. Michelin also wanted to ensure that the tyre would provide confidence-inspiring handling, so its R&D teams used aramid belts under the rear tread to stabilize the contact patch. In addition, the carcass plies are made from polyester to provide exceptional ride comfort.
As well as being offered as original equipment on 2010 Harley-Davidson® Dyna® Super Glide®, Super Glide® Custom, Street Bob® and Low Rider® models, the Scorcher™ "31" can also be fitted on a variety of 2006-2009 Dyna® models.
Michelin began offering replacement tyres for Harley-Davidson® motorcycles in 2007, when select sizes of the MICHELIN® Commander® and Macadam® 50 tyres were first tested and validated by Harley-Davidson for a wide range of Sportster®, Dyna®, Softail® and Touring® motorcycles. The introduction of the MICHELIN® Scorcher™ "31" marks the first exclusive MICHELIN® original equipment fitment on Harley-Davidson® motorcycles.