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Old 22nd January 2016, 11:51   #1
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Michelin has marked its entry into the Indian scooter tyre market. The brand has entered the segment by launching the Michelin City Pro tyre range for scooters and motorcycles displacing up to 150cc.

Michelin has entered the segment, in light of the growing popularity of scooters and low-displacement commuter motorcycles. The City Pro tyres have a speed rating of up to 150 km/h and can be used for scooters and motorcycles such as the Hero Pleasure, Hero Maestro, Honda Activa, Suzuki Swish, Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS / 150, Bajaj Discover, TVS Star City and Suzuki Hayate (among many others).

Michelin City Pro tyres are available nation-wide at Michelin premium dealerships - Michelin priority partners, the Tyre Plus network and Michelin retailers.

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Great news. A good news for scooterists like me. Finally we have some options for Vespa, Activa, Dio etc.

Will definitely take a look at them in the nearby Michelin shop.
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Can a scooter owner please shed some light on the pricing strategy?

Michelins are usually priced on the premium side. Having used many of their tyres, they are my favourite brand (along with Yokohama).

However, I'm not sure if that strategy will work in the price-sensitive scooter segment?
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Seems like my wish to get Michelin tyres on scooters was fulfilled! MRF & Ceat Scooter Tyres cost between Rs 1200-1500 and last for 10000-15000 kms. I hope that the pricing would be sensible and not too high because nobody would spend much on a scooter tyre since it won't do high speeds and running would be mostly restricted in the city.

Will wait for reviews and definitely fit Michelin scooter tyres in my Hero Maestro.
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I had bought MRF tyre for Honda Unicorn size 100/90 R18, which had costed me 2,000. I think scooter / bike tyres last more than 20k kms.
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Can a scooter owner please shed some light on the pricing strategy?

However, I'm not sure if that strategy will work in the price-sensitive scooter segment?
The scooter tyres are priced at 1100+ taxes ( from a quick Google search). MRF and ceat are priced around 900-1500. If the Michelin's offer superior grip, I'm sure many scooterist will pick them up.

The one thing that I'm always scared of while riding is a patch of water/ or a similarly slick surface. The CVT will quickly cause a wheel spin in such a case if given some throttle. Also, it's quite easy to fishtail under hard braking. So premium tyres will definitely sell.

Also the 125cc scooters are not that cheaper that their commuter bike counterparts. In some cases they have quite a premium. So I feel that these owners might give Michelin a try. I'm definitely buying these to replace the MRFs on my Vespa.

The Michelin should price them slightly higher than others, but not too high. A premium of 10-25% over the current options seems reasonable.

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any reviews on these - saw them online for 2.75-17. Couldnt find many options - wondering how they compare to the other michelin offerings
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Any reviews of the Michelin tyres for the scooter as I am in the market for replacing the tyres of my Activa which have aged more than 5 yrs and are showing signs of losing grip. Are the rates still Rs 1100 as mentioned in the above posts? Any ownership review would be really helpful.
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I would advise people to wait for real world reviews of these tyres before they purchase them, especially if they are looking for superior dry and wet grip compared to others. The reason being, the Michelin 2 wheeler tyres manufactured in India are kind of customized to Indian conditions by making them hard compound leading to long life which most people want,thereby compromising on grip ,especially in wet!

I am speaking this out of experience wherein i purchased a Made In India 'Pilot Sporty' since i earlier had an awesome experience with Made in Thailand 'Pilot Sporty' for my Pulsar. I realized within a few thousand kms and couple of rides in the rain that these were no where close to the grip that was offered by the Made in Thailand versions. They were especially pathetic in wet where the Thailand ones were really good!

So until then, i would suggest the MRF zappers that are tried and tested and offer better grip compared to the competition.
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I was searching for tubeless tyres in 18" & found these. Michelin had tubeless only in 17" (Pilot street radial), with these City Pro they have tubeless in 18" as well now. Will post feedback about these in motorcycle tyre thread after 1000Kms.

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The ceat tyres on my wife's Swish had to be replaced, they had done around 19K. I wanted to go tubeless, found out that Michelin had launched scooter tyres in India, a quick visit to a nearby shop, the guy had the stock. Changed the tyres, it has been close to 2 months I don't exactly recall how much I paid. The following are +ves and -ves.

Positives
  • Superb ride quality comapred to the stock Ceat tyres.
  • Braking has improved massively, over the ceats.
  • The scooter leans nicely into corners no nervousness

Negatives

None.

Once the tyres are changed it needs some getting used to, the handle turning feels very different, the hands just need to get used to the feel of the Michelins. Corner carvers will love these tyres
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The ceat tyres on my wife's Swish had to be replaced, they had done around 19K. I wanted to go tubeless, found out that Michelin had launched scooter tyres in India, a quick visit to a nearby shop, the guy had the stock. Changed the tyres, it has been close to 2 months I don't exactly recall how much I paid. The following are +ves and -ves.

Positives
  • Superb ride quality comapred to the stock Ceat tyres.
  • Braking has improved massively, over the ceats.
  • The scooter leans nicely into corners no nervousness

Negatives

None.

Once the tyres are changed it needs some getting used to, the handle turning feels very different, the hands just need to get used to the feel of the Michelins. Corner carvers will love these tyres
Raghu, I believe we paid 1,600 for the tyre and 100 bucks as labour for replacing the tyre. My friend too is super happy with the tyres and says it feels way better than MFRs that was there on the Dio.
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