A dummy’s guide to choosing Michelin motorcycle tyres
If you’re looking at starting to give motocross/enduro/trial/greenlane/adventure riding or any of the other disciplines a go, browsing through a tyre site, such as Endurotyres.com, can seem like a bit of a minefield. What with so many different ranges to choose from, various numbers and sizes to look out for, and checking that the tyres fit your criteria (e.g are they road legal?) can be frustrating for all you newbies.
But we all have to start somewhere, and you’ll soon get to grips with it… In this article, we’ve outlined a quick guide to choosing your Michelin motorcycle tyres, what you should look out for, plus some links to steer you in the right direction.
Plus, did you know we’ve just launched our tyre finder? Whilst it won’t specify what size tyres you will need, it will give you an indication of the range we would recommend. Check out our tyre finder here, answer a few simple questions and you’ll be well on your way!
Understanding all those numbers
Don’t worry, you won’t need to get your calculator out for this one, but usually, most of the Michelin tyre ranges follow a similar pattern, which will consist of the following details:
Range Name (e.g Enduro Medium), followed by the width and height of the tyre (e.g 90/90) and then lastly the wheel size that the tyre will fit (e.g 21), this is measured in inches.
You will need to take into account the size and weight of your bike so that you get optimum performance and longevity from the tyres.
Whilst this may seem confusing at the beginning, you will soon understand your bike, and will get to know exactly what you are looking for. You’ll likely find there are some more popular sizes that most riders use too.
And, what’s with the letters afterward?
Not all tyres will have letters after the sizing, but with some tyres, such as the Michelin Anakee Wild, you will see a series of letters too. These also all have a meaning which will help influence your buying decision. Here’s a breakdown of what the letters mean…
- TL – this means that the tyre is tubeless-ready for road bike / adventure bikes with an airtight tubeless wheel, better suited for higher speed road riding
- TT – this means that the tyre will require an inner tube.
- F/R – this will tell you if the tyre is a front (F) or rear (R) tyre.
- M/C – this simply just means that it’s a motorcycle tyre.
What about the matching Bib Mousse?
You will need to look at 3 parts when choosing your Bib Mousse:
- The size – the first number.
- The wheel size it will fit – this will be the last number, we sell 3 sizes, 18”, 19” and 21”.
- Whether it’s front or rear – this should be quite obvious based on the tyre you are getting it for.
We recommend using Michelin Bib Mousse in race events, but must only be used in conjunction with Michelin tyres to ensure perfect fit. You can view all our Bib Mousse products here.
Buy your Michelin motorcycle tyres online from Endurotyres.com
Hopefully, this guide has given you some kind of insight into understanding how to choose your tyres, but if you are still unsure, we have some technical pages which you can read which will give you plenty of information on each of the ranges, plus some handy FAQs… here are some of our most popular ranges:
If you are still unsure, we are available Monday – Friday on our live chat system (just click the button on your desktop bottom right), you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call us on 01980 655555. Don’t forget about tyre finder as well >>
We’re sure you’ll enjoy being part of #teammichelin and don’t forget to stop by and say hi if you see us at any events!