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post #1 of 19 Old 05-27-2015, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Thinking about switching to Pilot Road 4's

The majority of my riding is pavement, with the exception of some occasional forest service connectors. Although I realize this bike is meant to be a dual sport, I feel as though I should be using a tire that much better suits the style of the overwhelming majority of my riding habits.

Anybody out there going with Michelin Pilot Road 4's?

I searched and read the limited threads on this forum, but I'm just looking for a little more feedback before pulling the trigger. Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 19 Old 05-27-2015, 11:00 AM
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Do it. Best tires I have ever put on a motorcycle. Great in the wet, grippy, yet don't wear out fast.

The set I have, I put on last July. Rode from Ottawa ON to Eureka CA via the Badlands, Mt Rushmore, Yellowstone, and Crater Lake. Up the Pacific coast to Vancouver Island, then across the Canadian Prairies back to Ottawa. Then my regular 400km round trip weekly commute in late Aug and Sept into Oct, a trip to the Adirondaks, and commute again May-June. That's probably more than 20,000km. I'm just starting to think about replacing the rear as the tread is into the wear bars in the center. I think I'll get a couple more weeks of commuting, and one more Adirondak trip before replacing the rear. The front has lots of tread left, isn't cupped, and doesn't need replacing yet. Am I finally going to get the 2:1 rear to front that people talk about with tires?

After years of getting 5,000 really nice kms out of a set of Bridgestones, followed by another 10,000km wondering why I keep buying crappy tires, the PR4's are worth it.

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I put a set of Pilot Road 3 Trails on the Glee about two years ago. Got 8500 miles out of the rear, the front has over 13,000 miles and looks like it has a LOT of miles left. Yes, they are good in the rain. Not the best tires I have had at steep lean angles, don't slip but have a bit of squirm to them. Overall really good performance. I put a new rear Pilot Road 4 trail on when the 3 version wore out. At around 4500 miles on it, I don't think it will give as many miles as the 3 version did! Almost the same riding as the 3 got. Which is a lot of highway droning.

At around $330 a set I don't think they are worth it. The Trail version has a softer center than the regular street version Pilot Roads do. Just don't get enough miles to justify the cost. I have run the Bridgestone BT 023 on DL 650's before and they never slipped in wet conditions either. They are better at steep lean angles. Rear tire is about a 7500 mile tire, front a 12K or better tire. For under $220.

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I really like mine, handling & lifespan both light & heavily loaded on road trips.
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Yes, do it. I doubt you'll be disappointed.

I don't yet have all that many miles on mine (7K on front and 4K on rear) but both are in very good condition and have performed just fine on highways wet and dry. I'll likely buy another set when these expire.

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I just replaced my Battlewings with Bridgestone's new T-30 touring tires. Must say I am pleased by the smooth, quiet ride and confident handling. One thing I will look into next time is maybe a slightly larger size say a 160/70 or 160/60 depending on the circumference. The 150/70r 17 just looks a little small and there is plenty of room for a wider tire.
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I just replaced my Battlewings with Bridgestone's new T-30 touring tires. Must say I am pleased by the smooth, quiet ride and confident handling. One thing I will look into next time is maybe a slightly larger size say a 160/70 or 160/60 depending on the circumference. The 150/70r 17 just looks a little small and there is plenty of room for a wider tire.
Wider tires corner slower.
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Wider tires corner slower.
Hmmmm...I didn't know that.

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I just replaced my Battlewings with Bridgestone's new T-30 touring tires. Must say I am pleased by the smooth, quiet ride and confident handling. One thing I will look into next time is maybe a slightly larger size say a 160/70 or 160/60 depending on the circumference. The 150/70r 17 just looks a little small and there is plenty of room for a wider tire.

Be advised; as i understand it, most 160/60s are for rims 4.5" wide. The DL is 4" wide so the tire bead will be pinched slightly.

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