Michelin Pilot Road 4 Rear Tires
Great grip, good in rain.
These tires are great. My bike's feel improved 5 fold after I put these on. Granted the previous pair of tires were terrible, these were a welcomed change.
Handles great in the rain, no complaints at all.
October 13, 2014
Even better than PR3!
These tires work great on my 2010 R1200RT. I've had them on for about 6 weeks now and no complaints whatsoever. They hold amazing well in the corners. Very smooth and predictable.
October 5, 2014
5000+ miles and just starting to look worn.
I bought these as all-around commuter and day trip tires for life in the NYC area. after about 500 miles of daily city commuting, I ended up heading out for a 5000+ mile trip around the eastern half of the US. It was Sept in the SE US, so I didn't see any cold temperatures, but I rode in a ton of rain and heat. The tires did excellent. Everything from the twisties in eastern TN to flat out interstate for hours across Texas. I just got back to the east coast, and after all those miles, (unfortunately) mostly straight highway miles, these tires are just barely starting to show a flat center strip, but still have a ton of tread left. I never noticed a loss of grip in the wet, despite riding in heavy rain at times, until towards the end of the trip. A few times, under heavy acceleration (read: wide open throttle on a 1200cc inline four tuned for low end torque), the rear slid around quite a bit. The first time was in the wet, right after a rain. But it happened a few times in the dry, as well. However, that's with 5000 miles on the tires, and I can't really hold that against the tires when previous tires I have bought were toast at 4000 miles or less. I'm guessing that If I can keep the long highway miles to a minimum, and keep the bike on curvier roads where i can use the whole tire and not exacerbate the center strip problem, I'll probably get another 2-3000 miles out of these. I won't be buying another tire for general street bike use as long as these are made. The front tire, by the way, still looks new, and it was put on at the same time as the rear.
October 2, 2014
I got these for a decent tyre for commuting in all sorts of weather conditions and so far I have been really happy with them! They have great grip and traction in the wet and I have heard they are very durable. If they are anything like the PR2s they will last for ages (my fiance got 28k km out of the front and 20k km out of the rear on his PR2s on a litrebike).
October 1, 2014
Road Pilot 4
This is my first RP4, the last tires I purchased were RP3 ( 12K miles), and RP2 ( 10K miles) before that. I have nothing but praises for the Road Pilot line, they mount up fine, balance very well and last ! The tires were mounted on a 2008 Buell Ulysses and have about 700 miles on them, so far they handle very well in the rain and grip at higher lean angles then the OEM tires. The cost has always been higher for the Road Pilots, but the mileage and handling out way the extra cost.
September 29, 2014
Great traction, not so great mileage
I put this on my Multistrada after running Michelin pilot road 3s. I ride rain or shine so wet traction is extremely important. this tire is great as far as traction is concerned. Never had a tire slip hot , cold, wet, or dry. No warmup needed. This tires only fault is it doesn't last as long as the pilot road 3. I have 5k miles on it and it needs replacement. The rear doesn't have irregular wear like the front tire does. For the money I'd stay with the pilot road 3.
September 28, 2014
Last super long and perform well in 3 season riding weather
I made the mistake of not scrubbing in my tires the first ride I had on these tires and had a good lowside crash. After a month of repairs I finally got back on the road. Once broken in, these tires really work well in almost all conditions minus snow and ice of course.
They have over 5,000 miles on them so far and there is hardly a flat spot on them from all the highway riding I do. I've yet to ride in heavy rain with these, but on cold mornings they do quite well. I have had them skip out a little on heavy accelerations in the cold 40degree mornings, but give it 5-10 miles and you are good. When it gets warmer, oh boy do these grip, not once did the 125hp of my S3 slip these tires, wheelies or drag starts.
The leaning on these tires are very progressive and give a decent feel in the turns. There is a bit of a buzzing on highway speeds, but it's nothing to spoil your riding.
I'll comment at a later date with more information and a long term report.
September 24, 2014
I put these Michelins on front and back and the bike feels like it's stuck to the pavement. Great tires, great grip!
September 15, 2014