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post #1 of 22 Old 11-06-2005, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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post #2 of 22 Old 11-11-2005, 08:22 AM
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I am just about ready for new tires - still have the original TrailThings with 9800 miles on the bike.

What do folks think of Pilot Roads and/or Anakees? I am seriously looking at Michelins for the next tire set...

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post #3 of 22 Old 11-11-2005, 03:34 PM
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This is a review that Adam did for us last summer. He passed away about a month later when a car left-turned in front of his Daytona.

http://www.rgalea.com/adam/michelin/index.html

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I replaced my first set of TW with the Pilot Road. I found the Pilot to be quieter and seemed smoother right off the cuff. It is super in the rain. But (isnt there always a but?).....the pilot gives verrrrry poor rear braking traction, it locks up very easily. I also found that during cornering, the tire would break loose under even mild acceleration and the back end of the bike felt like the tire was "folding over".
I was also very disappointed in the life span of the rear tire. At 6000km, it was basically worn out. Not what I expected from a 260.00 CDN tire that was touted as a long mileage tire.
So, unless you do an awful lot of riding in the rain, I would not recommend the Pilot Road on the Wee.
I have since installed Anakees on my 650, and hope they will provide longer life.
I have heard good things about the Tourance tire.

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I have sold the Road in all sizes and have NEVER heard this complaint before.

And Roads have been used at our track days with wonderful results.

Everything you say sounds like low air pressure. What did you use?
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I hate to be the lone dissenter here, but I had a less than desirable experience with the pilot roads. I had them installed on my FZ1 for a short time, and I found there grip on twisty roads to be unacceptable. They broke traction often. They are designed to be a high mileage tire, but they sacrifice grip by using a harder rubber compound.

I tend to be a fairly aggressive rider, So the grip on pilot roads may work well for folks who have a mellow riding style.
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If you read my post, you will see you are not the lone desenter. I too found them to offer poor grip during cornering. And their claim to be a long laster is also incorrect.
I use my Wee for general riding, touring and the occasional "spirited" run. Even during semi-aggressive cornering, it felt unstable. Accelerating out of a corner (especially cement), my 650 would break the tire loose. I did not have this problem with the original TW's.
If I was in an area that had rain 50% of the time, I would keep the tire as it does work very well in the wet.

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If you read my post, you will see you are not the lone desenter. I too found them to offer poor grip during cornering.
Your right- I missed your post as I skimmed through the thread. I don't feel so lonely now.
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I had them on my ZR for about 3000 miles and wasn't overly impressed. They tended to be very sensitive to uneven surfaces in the road and tended to hop around a lot more than the BT020's they replaced. I'm not sure about the wear because I traded the ZR.

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