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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.
 

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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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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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I have PR4's on the SV and am happy with them for all of the reasons mentioned above. I use 34f-36r psi, I think that would make a real difference...
 

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I agree with others. Lower the pressure a little. I had them and really liked them except I had the PR3 Trail on the front. I ran 36 and 39. I wear ear plugs so unless the tires are very loud they all are quiet. The front lasted 22,000 miles then it became really cupped. The rear 12,000.
 

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I agree with others. Lower the pressure a little. I had them and really liked them except I had the PR3 Trail on the front. I ran 36 and 39. I wear ear plugs so unless the tires are very loud they all are quiet. The front lasted 22,000 miles then it became really cupped. The rear 12,000.
I have PR2 on one of the bikes with 20k still has some life left no cupping. But I prefer not to ride in a straight line.

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Maybe get a quieter helmet?

The PR4's may have a slight whine, but it ain't loud. I hear it only at lower speed on surface streets.

These are probably the best tires I've used on an average powered street bike.

The grip in the twisties is top rate.

I fear not the rain like I used to on the stock tires.

And so far, mileage seems to be about what a typical mc tire will give out.

As for feedback, isn't that what tires and suspension is all about?


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My Wee has way too much high speed compression damping to run pressures that high. Well, that and the condition of the roads around here. I can't tolerate more than about 33/36 for more than an hour or so, then I have to take a break. I would definitely try lower pressures.
 

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running at suzuki's psi on PR4's

Try running Suzuki's recommended PSI.
I ride with the recommended pressures and its still a bumpy ride but I keep my rear suspension hard too.

The rear non-trail PR4's have a hard surface in the centre of the tire, medium on the adjacent sides and soft on the far sides of the tire. The hardness in the centre may be what makes for a hard ride since its usually the part of the tire in contact, except when cornering. The PR4's are supposed to last longer than the PR3's which probably means the compound in the centre of the PR4's is much harder than the PR3's.

The front PR4 trail is very noisy and causes more vibration to the handlebars and pedals than before with the Bridgestone's that came with my bike. I think the generous siping creates the noise/vibration but it is effective in moving water to the outside of the tire.

Bottom line with the PR4's more twisties less straight roads. I'd buy another set when these are done.
 

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After three sets of Anakees I swapped to the PR4Trails because my riding these days is almost all on sealed roads.
I run 32F and 38R.
No problems with noise (earplugs) and very suitable for my admittedly conservative riding style.
 

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Read the fine print on the tire sidewall. It is not the recommended pressure. It is the pressure needed to run the max load the tire is rated to handle.

Run the pressure shown on the sticker on the swingarm and shown in the owner's manual. Not what the doofus in the dealership put in. Check your air pressure gauge against a few others. If one is way high or way low, throw it away.
 
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