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Are you wondering which motocross tyres (or MX tyres) would be optimal for your bike? You are right to investigate because the choice should not be made lightly. Tyre performance varies depending on the type of terrain you ride on. And beyond grip and handling, there are also considerations of longevity and comfort.
So how to choose your motocross tyres? Read our guide to find out.
1 - Motocross tyres for engine size >= 125cc
2 - Motocross tyres for engine size < 125cc
In this capacity category, the choice of motocross tyres will depend on the type of terrain you ride on. Whatever the terrain, we have the tyres that offer you excellent performance.
For sand, the MICHELIN StarCross 6 Sand is the ideal tyre as it has been specifically designed to offer optimum performance on this type of terrain. Developed with professional riders, this tyre is used in world and national championships. You can equip your motorbike with this tyre at the front and at the rear.
On muddy terrain, we recommend coupling the MICHELIN StarCross 6 Medium Soft at the front and the MICHELIN StarCross 6 Mud at the rear. This effective combination will give you excellent grip and exceptional handling in mud.
On grassy, harrowed or mixed ground, which offers no resistance when penetrated by the finger, there are two possibilities: the MICHELIN StarCross 6 Medium Soft or the MICHELIN StarCross 6 Medium Hard both provide an effective grip.
The difference is mainly in the feel. The Medium Hard is harder and therefore more responsive, especially when accelerating. The Medium Soft, on the other hand, offers you more comfort.
These two solutions are the most versatile for those who do not want to change tyres for every terrain.
We are talking about dry, compacted soil, with or without stones, a soil in which the finger does not penetrate. If you practice Supercross on this type of terrain, you should opt for the MICHELIN StarCross 6 Hard, which is perfectly suited to this environment.
On most MX tyres, the studs tear off one by one as you ride. They evolve as shown in the diagram below:
A - The stud when new
B - The stud cracks and tears off in an advanced stage of wear
With the MICHELIN StarCross 6, we have innovated by introducing a silica-based technology. This technology makes the studs more robust and their wear becomes much more uniform, allowing you to benefit from a long lasting grip.
B - The stud is maintained in its original shape at an advanced stage of wear
The MICHELIN StarCross 6 has not only been designed for longevity. We have also designed it to provide maximum grip and ideal handling at the front, and exceptional grip and traction at the rear. This is thanks to the specific positioning of the studs in 3 zones: central, intermediate and lateral with a specifically studied spacing.
As a result, the MICHELIN StarCross 6 Medium Hard increases grip efficiency by 7% when new, compared to the MICHELIN StarCross 5 Medium and by 19% when worn.
The comparative test results for the MICHELIN StarCross 6 Medium Soft compared to the MICHELIN StarCross 5 Soft are also conclusive: +16% grip efficiency when new, and +14% when worn.
It is important to note that for the MICHELIN Enduro and Desert ranges, the size designation is based on the width of the tyre measured at the widest point of the tread.
And for the MICHELIN StarCross 6 range, the size designation is based on the width of the tyre measured at the widest point of the sidewall.
For example : a 140/80-18 Enduro tyre corresponds to a 120/90-18 Motocross tyre (see our table below).
You can see the recommended pressures on this page.
What if it was possible to make your tyres puncture-proof during your Motocross races?
It is indeed possible if you equip your MICHELIN StarCross 6 with an alternative to a classic or reinforced inner tube: the MICHELIN Bib MousseTM.
With the MICHELIN Bib MousseTM’s foam technology, you no longer need to adjust the pressure and your tyre becomes puncture-proof. Lighter than a reinforced tube, the MICHELIN BIB MousseTM offers a pressure equivalent between 0.8 bar to 1.0 bar and allows you to indulge your passion for off-roading without ever having to worry about punctures.
To choose the best motocross tyre when your engine size is under 125cc, you will find the ideal tyre in our MICHELIN StarCross 5 range dedicated to the future stars of the competition!
Start by looking at the possible tyre sizes for your bike. Then, you can choose between the MICHELIN StarCross 5 Soft and MICHELIN StarCross 5 Medium, depending on the type of surface you ride on.
The Soft version is suitable for soft ground, mud and sand.
The Medium version is best suited for intermediate and hard ground.
For the smallest bikes (< 65 cc), you can opt for the MICHELIN StarCross 5 Mini which is very versatile.