Michelin Pilot Road 4 Rear Tires
When I upgraded bikes from a ninja 300 to an SV650SF, the first thing I did was swap the worn stock dunlops to these tires.
I didn't put a lot of miles on the SV before swapping, but I did notice a huge difference in feel during a lean. The dunlops had a feeling where at a certain lean angle, the bike wanted to fall down into a turn harder. This was the same feeling I had in the Ninja 300, also with stock dunlops, when I rode it. These tires don't have that point. They just smoothly roll into a corner and the feel doesn't do anything surprising on the way over.
The grip is miles above the dunlops. It didn't take a lot to activate the Ninja 300's abs, or to skid the front or rear on the SV's dunlops (I'm crazy and I tried it...moreso on the ninja). In fact, if it was a little slick out, I could step out the Ninja 300 way earlier than I thought should be possible. It lowered my confidence quite a bit. However, I have yet to skid the front on these under hard braking tests. I've tried it a few times in the wet, and a smooth front brake application results in fantastic stopping power. Haven't stepped out the SV yet, even with twice the horsepower than the ninja on the same roads. They seem to just keep gripping.
3000ish miles on them now, with lots of life remaining in the tread. I've skidded the back every now and then, just for fun, and have gotten on the throttle hard without sliding it around, and the tire still looks relatively new. I've been naughty on the downshifts with some sloppy rev matching, and I think they've chirped a bit, but that's about it (I was too spoiled with the Ninja's slipper clutch and being able to be sloppy).
August 21, 2016
Like a new bike!
Rode 5000 miles and I am very pleased. Michelin has never let me down. They have squared off, but I'd say I'm 1/3 the way through the rear tire tread. They do exactly what they say, last long and great in the wet. I never push it in the wet, but these give me so much confidence that I can say I have pushed these pretty hard on the dry streets. Cornering is smooth and predictable and grip is phenomenal. That said, on to the cons. I find myself slipping the rear when it's cold (california nights) more times than I would like. Also, these are pretty pricey. Great for commuting and touring, but personally I would trade some wear life for a little more grip and a better price. Still, absolutely recommended.
August 20, 2016
Road 4s are better than I am
I've long been a Power and Road user on my bikes, and I was very pleased to wear out (in 1800 miles) the OEM Pirellis that came on my Duc Multistrada and spoon on a set of Roads. Surefooted, consistent, great wet grip, and far more dry grip than I can use in the twisty stuff. And I know I'll get some mileage out of these tires, too.
August 9, 2016
Only have 1000 miles on them
I purchased these as replacements for my stock tires. I only have about 1000 miles on them and I have not had them in the rain yet. I haven't noticed any wear from the 1000 I have driven on them and I feel safe leaning into corners with them.
Please note: the review says I'm riding a Ninja 250, that is not the case anymore. I'm on a 2015 Kawasaki Versys.
August 9, 2016
11,000 on the rear
Just hit 15000 miles on my FZ-09. Put the PR4's on my bike not long after I got it 2 years ago (stock rear started squaring off around 4000 miles). I still had just shy of a mm until the center tread would be worn to the wear bars. Compared to some other reports I think it's fair to say that 11,000 miles is pretty good for a bike tire! *Keep in mind I don't do burnouts or wheelie's or any sort of stunting and my style is more slow-in-fast-out than trail-brake-and-back-it-in.
I was worried the torquey character of the FZ-09 would mean I'd be shelling out for new tires all the time. The PR4's seem to be up to the challenge. I commute on my bike 5 days a week here in California. So the center tread is worn more than the sides. I also take it out for quick blasts now and then around the mountains here and I've never lost confidence in the tire--no (unintentional) slips.
To those reporting slides (esp the cb500f rider that says these tires slip at any lean angle) I'd first recommend to get your suspension and riding style sorted before you blame the tire. The PR4's are a solid buy for the street/sport rider.
July 23, 2016
My 2009 SV650s had stock Dunlop D220 tires on them when i bought the bike with 3k miles on it. I rode them for another 2k, they weren't great, would slide and lock up in the rear very quickly and slip in tight turns. I noticed a tear in the tire after this past winter, so I upgraded to the Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires. Wow what a difference! The grip that I needed was there, my tires don't slip in turns or when braking. They chirp nicely when threshold braking but that is to be expected, they don't actually slide like the old tires. Also putting on a fresh set of tires is so noticeable in turns, no flat bottom or funny worn out radius. Just a smooth and even turn while leaning into a curve. My chicken strips are almost gone and I feel completely safe leaning hard on the road with these. Totally recommend. Can't comment on mileage yet, hope they last.
July 14, 2016
Amazing Life, Perfect Tire for Most People
I've put over 13,000 miles and these puppies are just about to retire. I already ordered another set without hesitation. They offer incredible grip in the wet but you already know that. These tires are perfect for someone who rides in all conditions, demands great performance and wants to maximize the life of the tire. Get these, you will not regret your purchase.
June 30, 2016
4 months later, no more grip
I've had this tire for 4 months and have put 2,000 miles on it, all the side grip is gone, I'm having to fight to keep the back end from sliding out on me under almost any moderate amount of lean. Seeing as how I bought this tire for longevity, and it's massive amount of review, this is a pretty big disappointment. Looks like I'll have to start looking for a new rear tire again...
June 30, 2016