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post #1 of 8 Old 09-24-2009, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Michelin Pilot Roads- Review...

I've had the Michelin Pilot Roads on for about 1,000 miles and today I rode 70 miles in the rain. Here's what I think so far:

Pros:
*Excellent maneuverability, very agile and easy to lay into the turns.
*Wet performance- on a scale from 1 to 5 (5 being best) I'd say they are a 4. They did great for me today in the rain, I actually pulled a wheelie from about 10mph in 1st gear..so straight line grip is superb.
*Dry Performance- They have grabbed the road very well in my opinion, including two up riding. The wife and I laid it into some pretty hairy turns last weekend wearing the tire about 1/4 inch from the very edge...kudos Michelin.
*50mph and above riding is very smooth with no road noise.

Cons:
*Road noise...at 35mph-45mph, but I hardly ride at that speed and its not so bad that it annoys me..especially with a full face helmet on...barely notice it.
*Wear...With 1,000 miles on them, I'm noticing a very slight table top in the rear tire which leads me to think that they wont last past 5,000 miles at all.

Conclusion:
Great performing tires for the money (I picked up a pair on eBay for $250 after shipping). I like the performance and safety factor more than extended road wear, so if you want tires to last 8,000-10,000 miles, these probably aren't for you.

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I have a little over 8000 miles on my rear 160/60-17 PR and it looks good for thousands more. Maybe oversize makes a difference. It's lasting much better than the previous Conti Road Attack.

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I have a little over 8000 miles on my rear 160/60-17 PR and it looks good for thousands more. Maybe oversize makes a difference.
That's awesome, maybe mine will last longer than I'm guessing. I hope so! After reading about wider tires on the forums, I thought the general consensus was that it was a bad idea to run a wider tire? If you've done fine with a 160, then that's the route I want to go too. Actually i would've but the posts about pinching the tire scared me away haha.
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Not to hijack, but I need to replace my oem trailwings and was looking at the tourance exp. Any reason to look at these Michelins instead??? I am 95% road with an occassional gravel road that you could take a 2 wheel drive passenger car on.
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After reading about wider tires on the forums, I thought the general consensus was that it was a bad idea to run a wider tire?
The only reason I have a wider tire is it was the only one available when I needed a tire on a trip out west. I already have a 150/70-17 Pilot Road in the garage for when the rear wears out. The tread on the outside edge is pretty much parallel to the bike's center line and it feels a little funny at extreme angles.

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My K2 came with 10,000 miles and new Michelin Pilot Roads in 2008.

[I ride 98% on-road. 5'4", 190 lbs. dressed to ride. Tire pressure 38F/41R.]

They perform flawlessly in weather hot or cold, wet or dry. They stick when riding hard in
the twisties and inspire confidence on chip seal, pea gravel, rocks and dirt. Sand or mud-NO.

I replaced the rear at 12k miles before a 4500 mile road trip, but it had at least another
1,500 to the wear markers. Front looks little more than half-gone at 17,000 miles.

Pilot Road's just work, for me.

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I've had the Michelin Pilot Roads on for about 1,000 miles and today I rode 70 miles in the rain. Here's what I think so far:

Pros:
*Excellent maneuverability, very agile and easy to lay into the turns.
*Wet performance- on a scale from 1 to 5 (5 being best) I'd say they are a 4. They did great for me today in the rain, I actually pulled a wheelie from about 10mph in 1st gear..so straight line grip is superb.
*Dry Performance- They have grabbed the road very well in my opinion, including two up riding. The wife and I laid it into some pretty hairy turns last weekend wearing the tire about 1/4 inch from the very edge...kudos Michelin.
*50mph and above riding is very smooth with no road noise.

Cons:
*Road noise...at 35mph-45mph, but I hardly ride at that speed and its not so bad that it annoys me..especially with a full face helmet on...barely notice it.
*Wear...With 1,000 miles on them, I'm noticing a very slight table top in the rear tire which leads me to think that they wont last past 5,000 miles at all.

Conclusion:
Great performing tires for the money (I picked up a pair on eBay for $250 after shipping). I like the performance and safety factor more than extended road wear, so if you want tires to last 8,000-10,000 miles, these probably aren't for you.
More Cons:

Meant for sport touring bikes (not good for all conditions)
Compared to dual sport bike tires
-- Small narrow water channels so they can't be as good in heavy rain.
-- Puncture easier, comparing the tires on my bikes the rubber seems softer and thinner. I had two puncture flats with them and zero on my dual sport bikes. Could just be crap luck.
-- May hamper your riding style choices as I would prefer never to take mine on ruff roads if given a choice.

More Pros

Makes any bike turn way better than before.
Michelin makes a quality tire.
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Not to hijack, but I need to replace my oem trailwings and was looking at the tourance exp. Any reason to look at these Michelins instead??? I am 95% road with an occassional gravel road that you could take a 2 wheel drive passenger car on.
IMO, if you can get a set PR's for a good price then I'd go with them, especially since you ride mostly on the road. I love Metzelers though, I had the Sportec M3's on my GSXR 1000. I can't speak for the tourance exp, but it seems like they would be a great street tire, much like the Pilot Roads. It also seems that the PR's get a good amount of miles on them too..more pros.
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