Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT Tires
Doesn't live up to the hype
This review is for the PR-4 GT, 180/55ZR 17 rear. I was really hoping this tire would wear like the advertising says. I used to get 7K-8K miles on the Bridgestone BT-023 GT's on my Suzuki 1250 Bandit (Unfortunately a discontinued tire.) and from all the hype I have read was hoping for 10K miles out of these, at least, considering the big jump in price for the Michelins. I am at the wear bars at 7500 miles and the tire is squared right off....I'm not at all impressed. I wish Michelin would put more money into their tires and less into the advertising. I have had it with the big manufacturers selling tires as "Touring" that are really just a "Sport" tire in disguise. I am going to try the Shinko, as I have read many good reviews and at least you aren't paying a premium price for a no better than average tire.Tire Photo's
September 2, 2014
Haven;t taken it the distance yet, but looks like the rear will go to around 9k. Wears well on my ST1300. Seems to have good wet traction, but haven't done a lot of testing.
September 1, 2014
I only have about 1000 Miles on this tire so far. Rides great looks good and it's performance in the rain is excellent!
August 25, 2014
Initial Review Only!
Went to the MotoGP Qualifying in Indy and had the MPR4GT tires put on at a dealer near the track. Proceeded to ride to Bloomington, IN afterward to stay the night with no problems, easy riding. The next day rode the back roads of Southern Indiana all the way to Louisville, KY in light to very heavy rain, went through dirty water running across the road, and took the wet curvy roads with no problem at all. I did not feel a loss of grip at any time, my Yamaha FZ6 turned into curves smoother than the Dunlop's it replaced, and noticed much improved balance at low speed and coming to a stop. Rode five hours of highway driving to get back home with some rain and no issues at highway speeds. The only thing I noticed was at a hard breaking stop, the front tire seemed to have a little give to it but stopping distance was good so was not concerned at all just felt different. I'll review again when it's time to change tires!
August 12, 2014
Tread life did not match product advertisements.
I did not get the tread life I expected after hearing the Mfr. claims. After a 16 day trip in June, 2014, from Washington State to SF, to Las Vegas, to St. George, to Page, to Siver City, NM, to Great Falls, Mt. and Home, 6,000 miles I had to remove for a small 2800 trip to Lake Tahoe the following week. I figured the tire good for another 1500 miles. Why buy 4's when I'm getting over 9000 from PR-3's. I have had 29 sets of tires, most with multiple tries. The 3's have been excellent on all accounts.
August 11, 2014
GT was made for the heavy BMW 1600 ,rear is ok but go standard 4 for lighter bikes.
I have a rt1150 ,light bike. gt 4's are for bmw 1600 , sidewall on the gt is stiffer than standard . Too stiff for lighter bikes ,cupping ect. Next time gt rear, standard front for me.
August 4, 2014
great rain tire
I put a set of these (12/70 front and 190/55 rear) on my FJR just before leaving for Alaska. 8900 miles later there is still tread left although the rear is a little flat-spotted and the front is nearing the end of its life. This tire worked extremely well in the rain and I felt I could go as fast on wet roads as I normally do on dry (I'm about a 7/10ths rider). We rode though miles of road construction, loose gravel, mud and even over dirt roads in the rain. These tires are very confidence inspiring and well worth the money. It's a shame I didn't get to use more of the sides of the tires but there weren't many twisty roads on this trip.
August 4, 2014
Great tire for bigger bikes
This tire handled nicely on its first long day-ride to Paradise on Mt. Rainier. From hot and dry conditions down low to melting snow and wet roads up high, the grip inspired confidence on my BMW R1150RS. I can't speak to the longevity yet but if it is anything like past Michelins it should be great. After 300+ miles this tire shows zero signs of wear, despite feeling soft to the touch. Looking forward to many more great miles.
July 14, 2014