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post #1 of 23 Old 08-25-2016, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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I Hate My New Pilot Road 4's

With 60,000 plus miles on my V Strom and 6 tire changes I ended up putting Pilot 4's on front and rear after a major blowout on the previous Tourences.

The tires are noisy, and I now feel every little bump in the road. Roads that I ride every day now feel like the Alaskan Outback.

The pressure from the dealer was 38 psi front and 41 psi rear which is what I have always used before. I Ialso checked with the sidewall and that is the correct pressure.

A few times going over familiar bumps I though I was going to be thrown off the bike.

Anybody else have similar problems??

I'm thinking of going back to the dealer who would probably think I'm crazy.

I have used the 3's before.
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post #2 of 23 Old 08-25-2016, 06:41 PM
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While it means "nothing," I had a blowout (controlled stop - no danger) on a Road Pilot 4 last winter.
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The tires are noisy, and I now feel every little bump in the road. Roads that I ride every day now feel like the Alaskan Outback.
Anybody else have similar problems??
I just installed PR4's about one thousand miles ago, after over 12,000 on Tourance Next's.
I will agree mostly, with what you said about them, but their wet sticking ability has me sold on them. I wouldn't call them noisy, but they are louder than what I would expect.


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I am happy with my PR4's. Installed a non-trail rear. I have only had Tourances and Anakee 3's on this bike (wee) and I don't think it is any noisier or bumpier. Honestly can't tell you about how it rides in the wet yet. Just made a 2,500 mile trip (up to 80 mph) and it rode as expected. Have about 4K on them and they still look great.
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With 60,000 plus miles on my V Strom and 6 tire changes I ended up putting Pilot 4's on front and rear after a major blowout on the previous Tourences.

The tires are noisy, and I now feel every little bump in the road. Roads that I ride every day now feel like the Alaskan Outback.

The pressure from the dealer was 38 psi front and 41 psi rear which is what I have always used before. I Ialso checked with the sidewall and that is the correct pressure.

A few times going over familiar bumps I though I was going to be thrown off the bike.

Anybody else have similar problems??

I'm thinking of going back to the dealer who would probably think I'm crazy.

I have used the 3's before.

Try lowering the pressure in 2 lb increments and see how they feel.
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Compared to the K60's I'm running now, quiet as ?.

And as others have said, the sticking power in the rain makes them well worth it. Life was good as well.
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I had a near new set come on my vstrom, and while I've only had it a short time I'm fairly happy with them. Seems to give a nice amount of feedback, I've had traction break on the rear a few times on the tarmac - it feels more like a controlled slide (I.e. dirtbike like) then the Dunlop's I use on my other bikes. Good tyres for confidence. I scrapped a peg the other day so that should give an indication on it's performing. Despite the fact I don't feel it has a enormous amount of grip at the rear (probably more to do with putting 1000cc through the tyre width of a 250cc commuter bike. Then the compound)

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I just had a new PR4 standard (non trail) installed on the rear and I really like it. It is a little bit noisier at freeway speeds than the PR3 Trail (bald) that it replaced, maybe it will quiet down after a few more miles but its doesn't bother me. Really handles great in the twisties.
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Try running Suzuki's recommended PSI.
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I've got about 6k on a set I put on in May. The rear is a non-trail RP4. They are much quieter than the OEM trailwing front and Shinko 705 rear that I had before. The rear is starting to show some flatness on the tread but looks to be good for another 5K miles. The front is showing very little wear at all. Next set is going to be more RP4s. I like them.
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