The Michelin TPMS – Bike is a ‘plug & play’ retrofit kit that comes as standard with a magnetic display mount, inductive charger and two sensors, replacing the original valve caps. It brings the same direct TPMS technology already launched for the passenger car and commercial vehicle markets to two-wheels for the first time.
Designed to detect a tyre in distress through loss of pressure, fast leakage or an increase in temperature – often the sign of an impending blowout – the display provides a highly visual alert and identifies the wheel affected.
Fit2Go TPMS says it could significantly reduce the number of motorcycle accidents for which illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres are a contributory factor. The Department for Transport (DfT) has recorded 130 such accidents* in Britain between 2015 and 2017, making it the second most common vehicle defect contributing to accidents after defective brakes.
The wireless system, which does not need any programming, features a compact LCD screen which fits into a magnetic mount placed on a prominent part of the bike. The fully sealed and buttonless device can be easily removed for security when parking unattended and is small enough to fit in a pocket.
The display offers a battery life of up to three months, with the addition of a USB-powered inductive charger making it simple to top-up when the battery is running low. Once fitted, it displays the pressure of both tyres, with the option of switching from psi to bar, while toggling between front and rear at set intervals, eliminating the need for riders to carry a separate pressure checker.