Michelin Pilot Road 4 Rear Tires
smooth and sporty
Upgraded from a Pilot Road 3 on the back of my '02 VFR to match the PR4 on the front. Noticed some dead-center howling from the front but the rear is smooth and sporty, soaking up the bumps and the weight of this bike (with Givi V47 topcase with laptop/backpack) while giving the bike a renewed sporty feel.
Have only put on about 600mi and there's no rain in California so can't say anything about wet riding, but looking forward to more miles given the VFR's commute duty.
June 30, 2015
Great so far
Bike feels more stable than before. I had the original 2008 tires on the bike and 6000 miles. Center tread was showing metal from riding 2-up all summer.
New tire profile feels more balanced and bike feels more planted. More confidence going into turns a bit faster. No experience in the rain yet.
June 29, 2015
Great tires with great life and grip
I have used the Pilots 3 in the past and thought they were great tires. The pilot 4 feel just as and even better. Especially in the rain. Great grip, great stopping power and the tread doesnt seem to be even wearing out. I commute every day in the DC area so we get all the seasons. I would would higly recomend this tire for the all year rider.
June 29, 2015
WOW! Excellent grip
Just put these tires on my GSXR 600. replaced the original factory tires with 5500 miles on them. Wow, it was a night and day difference. Tires have great grip in the turns, great wet traction and very stable at...um...highway speeds. I would definitely recommend these tires!!
June 22, 2015
Great commuter tire
I have a set of these on the r6 and they perform wonderfully. They are great in wet-weather riding as expected, but they also get pleanty sticky if you want to get a little low on some turns. They heat up quickly and have a good tread life from what I can tell so far (about 5k miles and still no major wear). I would definitely recommend taking the time to break these in properly straight after install as they can be stiff and quite slick out of the box. A good 100 mile cruise did the job for me. Would absolutely recommend these as a commuter tire. 5/5
June 15, 2015
Bought these to replace the stock tires that came on my 2011 ZX-6R. These replaced the front Bridgestone BT-016 and some random rear Shinko that the original owner cheaped out on.
The difference? Night and Day. I couldn't believe how smooth they felt when I went for my first ride. These have actually given me all the confidence in the world to corner. They have overall improved my riding.
They offer fantastic grip in dry and wet conditions. I'm commuting when the ground is wet. I've purposely gunned it from stops in wet weather to see if I get any tire spin and I have not. I can't say that about the stock tires.
I've seen people get over 20k miles of tread life and I can see that being accurate. I've got a couple thousand on these tires and they still look brand new.
June 15, 2015
So far, so good
I use my bike for Iron Butt association events. I put a fresh set of tires on my bike for an event I did this weekend. Grip on all different types of road surface is excellent, Grip and feel in the rain was also excellent, I only put 1500 miles on the tires this weekend, but the rear looks good as new with no visible flat spotting yet.
I gave it a good rating on bang for the buck, These are expensive tires and until I have worn them out, I can not rate them honestly
June 8, 2015
Sorry not a fan of this tire. Too expensive for the miles it lasts.
2014 Yamaha 1300 FJR-ES- Replaced the stock Bridgestone 023 that were about worn out at 6k. No complaints on these tires.
Great wet traction and even did a track session at the end of there life. Front was ok at 6K and had a few K left in it. Rear I didn't think could make a 1500 mile trip to Az from Seattle.
Mount of a set of the PR4's looking for a bit more tire life. Not crazy about the front siped tire. Under braking it felt very squirmy but you get use to it. Once tire was broken in it only seemed good for a couple K and the handling started to go away. I checked the tires and saw some cupping starting on the front tire so I increased the tire pressure up 2Lbs from what I normally like and run. You could feel the harder front.
Took off on 2000 mle trip up Highway 1 LA to Seattle. The sipes on the right side of the front tire started to peel back creating a ridge. The left side was doing it too but not as pronounced. At this point the handling was getting iffy when laid over as you could feel the roughness from the ridges. Tire shop said it road chamber for the difference in left vs ride side wear. Ok but would expect more wear on the left side not the right. Bottom line at 6K these tires are toast. Less miles really than the Bridgestones as they had life left still. These need to go. Rear is a slick inthe middle and the front sipes lifting makes for a nasty unsafe head shake/ death wobble if you let go of the bars for a second.
Tire shop said they have had the same experience. They don't like the 3's or the Pr4's. Big fans of the PS2's which I might try next. Pirelli Angel GT is my second choice.
Handing the last 2K miles of the 6K life was poor at best. Can not recommend. I am an very aggressive rider and push my bike and tires pretty hard. I did have the rear end step out on me twice when laid over and not very hard on the throttle. Really surprised me as I have TC also which was on. Rear was a spinning for sure but it only happened when laid way over on edge of the tire. Was not really into the throttle either- was very strange and definitely got your attention. Never had that issue with the 023's at anytime.
June 6, 2015