Michelin Tweel Technologies has introduced a new 26-inch airless radial tyre for UTVs.
Originally designed for military special operations on light-tactical vehicles, the Michelin X Tweel UTV 26x9N14 tyre serves as a single unit that replaces pneumatic tyres and removes the need for maintenance, spare tyres or repair kits.
“You bolt on that product and that’s it,” said Justin MacLanders, business development manager for Michelin Tweel Technologies.
Initially, the tyres will be sold as a fitment for the replacement market.
The Tweel tyre was introduced commercially in 2012 for skid steer loaders, and the airless radial tyres have since expanded to zero-turn mowers, stand-on mowers and golf carts. Now Michelin is turning to the UTV market, whose customers demand nonstop mobility, traction and freedom.
“UTV users operate these machines in arduous environ- ments and extreme conditions where vehicles are exposed to rugged, jagged terrain and other hostile elements,” said Olivier Brauen, vice president of Michelin Tweel Technologies. “The Michelin X Tweel UTV airless radial tyre is a solution that will provide unmatched traction and uninterrupted vehicle mobility during long journeys or in remote areas where a flat tyre can be problematic.”
The new UTV tyres are ideal for use in construction, landscape, quarry, mine, hurricane/tornado and other debris-laden areas where flat tyres can cause serious and extreme interruptions.
The spokes are designed to dampen bumps, improving operator comfort yet having the stiff- ness needed for cornering and side-hill stability.
The Tweel tyres have a 37mph speed rating and can handle a maximum gross vehicle weight of 2,860 pounds.
The tyres are available online or through the Michelin Tweel dealer network.
Customers can choose from three hub configuration that will fit two bolt patterns: 4×137 and 4×156. These fit a variety of UTVs, including the Kawasaki Mule and Polaris Ranger.
Additional hub configurations will be available with the 4×110 coming out later this year and the 5×4.5 in 2019.