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Offline gtgt2112

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Michelin Pilot Road 4
« on: May 12, 2014, 03:32:41 pm »
Michelin Pilot Road 4

I have been reading a few posts regarding these tyres, and they have almost convinced me to change them for my holiday trip.
which will be two up and full luggage.I would welcome some comments and feedback from people who have made the change.

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Re: Michelin Pilot Road 4
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2014, 05:06:35 pm »
there is a sub forum specifically for tires.  you may want to repost there as you are likely to get more responses.  also the forum moderator may move your post to that more appropriate sub forum anyway
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Re: Michelin Pilot Road 4
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2014, 08:07:23 pm »
I have changed to PR4's a while back, I could not get the GT version (which I would have preferred) I can only say "wow" they really work in both wet and dry, seem to give a much better front end, they have made a great bike even better

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Re: Michelin Pilot Road 4
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2014, 07:37:03 pm »
*Originally Posted by rchollebon [+]
I have changed to PR4's a while back, I could not get the GT version (which I would have preferred) I can only say "wow" they really work in both wet and dry, seem to give a much better front end, they have made a great bike even better
I fully concur with rchollebon's comment!  In mid-January I replaced the rear PR3 with a PR4GT and now after 5,600 miles, it still looks and rides great and still with excellent tread depth. The front was replaced in early April and now has around 3,400 on it. During some spirited riding in the hills and twisties of northern Georgia, I felt quite secure on these new Michelins.

With PR3s I typically would get around 7K on the rear tire and 10K on the front. With the PR4GTs it looks promising to ride quite a bit further than with the PR3s before needing replacements.

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Re: Michelin Pilot Road 4
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2014, 09:14:45 pm »
Why is it that every time I replace a set of tires, Michelin comes out with a new and improved tire?  Replaced my tires in October, then had the bike in the shop for 4 months so I still have a completely new set of outdated PR3s.   :083:

BTW Donmoe, how many miles on the Trophy now?  50-60000?  Man I wish I had the time to ride like you. 
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Re: Michelin Pilot Road 4
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2014, 11:56:17 pm »
*Originally Posted by w8d4it [+]
Why is it that every time I replace a set of tires, Michelin comes out with a new and improved tire?  Replaced my tires in October, then had the bike in the shop for 4 months so I still have a completely new set of outdated PR3s.   :083:
You're just not riding that Trophy enough since you got back from the shop!  :002: 

My Trophy was in for the engine upgrade for most of March and I felt like I was going through withdrawal without any bike to ride for a whole month! :007:    The exhaust valves were pitted and replacements had to be shipped over from England, otherwise it would have been only about two weeks. Even so, it was worth the wait!  The bike does run better and quieter now.

Michelin only released the new tires to market at the beginning of the year. Have you actually seen any PR4GTs yet?

BTW Donmoe, how many miles on the Trophy now?  50-60000?  Man I wish I had the time to ride like you.
I recently passed 46,600. Next week I start on my next summer tour at the MSTA TriSTAR rally in Sparta, NC over Memorial Weekend.  If you're not busy, come on by...

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Re: Michelin Pilot Road 4
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2014, 12:24:33 am »
Part of the problem (if you can call it a problem) is that I have two Triumphs.  About 75% of my riding last year was on the Trophy.  As a result my 2001 Triumph Sprint 955 ST got a bit jealous.  Understandably so as it has been my main ride (other than my Thruxton which I sold to fund the Trophy) for 12 years.  That loyal bike has carried me all over the US.  Somehow the poor bike felt neglected so since I got back to Texas (was gone for 4 months) I've ridden that bike about 95% of the time.  As a result I've only put about 300 miles the Trophy since getting it back. I figure I'll put another 1000 on the ST.  That will bring it due for an oil change.  After I change the oil I'll switch over primarily to the Trophy, put about 5000 on it and change the oil, then switch back primarily to the ST.  Gotta keep em both exercised. 

In answer to the Michelin question, no I havn't yet seen the PR4GT.  Are they very distinctive from the PR3?
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Re: Michelin Pilot Road 4
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2014, 12:28:17 am »
I hope to get back into some decent riding now that a few things are out of the way. While it is winter here, if you get out of the mountains the weather can be great for riding.

The PR4s don't seem to replace the others as the PR2s and PR3s are still available, at least for the moment.  The rear PR4 does not seem that different, but the front has distinctively different groove patterns. Interesting that grip is mentioned as a benefit of the PR3 but not the PR4.   http://motorcycle.michelin.com.au/tyre-selector#s=0

I am hoping to get 20,000kms out of a set of tyres one day without compromising grip   :821:
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