Michelin Pilot Road 4 Trail Tires
Great Tire for Heavy Bikes
Overall, I'm very happy with these tires on my BMW R1200GS (150/70R17), with loads between 720 and 900 pounds. The tires ARE NOT designed for trail riding, despite their name, but can survive low pressure, off road riding (personal experience?). Again, I would not recommend them for off road riding. The only time the tires let go was acceleration across an oil patch on asphalt- think six hour old oil dump from a car. I recovered but it was a close thing! Finally, the mileage for the weight is good- I got about 10,000 miles out of the rear and could probably double the distance on the front. Now for the details!:
Pros (10k miles on rear/ ~20k miles on front):
- High mileage tire for larger bikes
- Renowned for water and wet pavement handling
- Sturdy construction can handle low pressure riding
- Not meant for dual purpose riding (STREET ONLY)
- Tire cupping and center wear at higher miles
- Noticeable noise at higher mileage
August 1, 2015
I don't understand the high ratings these get
So last summer after reading all of the rave reviews I decided to stick a new pair of PR4 Trails on my Explorer 1200 for a trip from Colorado to Alaska then back by way of Seattle. This was a 2-up trip with bags, mostly on road (some construction zones with rock chips and gravel), with 7300 miles of pavement. These tires were shot after only 3500 miles, and I mean shot. They Trail version is not the same material as the standard PR4s. They are much softer. Their grip was so-so, and I even lost traction completely on a oily wet pavement spot up in Anchorage on one occasion. I put K60 on the bike in Seattle and was much happier with those across the board (except they are slightly noisier). Even the K60s were pretty poor on hard pack dirt, so beware of those too.
July 3, 2015
Great performance, but ...
Obviously these are great road tires for big bikes like my GSA. Unfortunately I had a couple of issues which I would like to point out. First the front tire is a real bear when it comes to setting the bead. Even a seasoned pro (who did initial installation) had a very hard time. Almost impossible at home by yourself. Secondly after about 6,000 miles the front started to cup and as a result became a little noisy at lower speeds. Rear tread was almost gone at 6,800 miles so I swapped them out this time for Pirelli Scopion Trail II. These look to be what I want and I had no trouble mounting them myself. Hope they work out better.
June 23, 2015
Seriously great grip on a GSW
I ride 98% road on a 14 GSW and all the reviews about this tire are well founded. Both wet and dry these tires will offer more grip than you're used to having at big lean angles and you'll embarrass a lot of the super sport bike pilots. I dont commute - just ride twisty roads at weekends. At 5,200 miles the front is looking good - about 1/4 - 1/2 worn but still has the original profile and no cupping. The rear cupps up easily and is on the side wear marks now (but cupping never given any issue). Probably another 1,000 miles on the center if you were cruising/commuting. Long time since I've not had to buy a front and rear together. Excellent tire! Gravel roads... well take it very easy as these are a road tire and it's slippery - particularly in the front.
June 8, 2015
Perfect for what they are designed for
I wanted my F800 GS to handle as best as possible, for all weather road conditions, and 5% offroad. 4th gen Trail tire did just that. I cannot get the rear to break free on dry, even wet roads. While riding fully loaded 2 up on wet, packed dirt, the rear would not break free. What do I buy for the front tire? They don't make a 21" so I need to find the best compared. "
Now that I have this on the rear, what front tire do I get for my F800 GS? They don't make a 21" Pilot 4. I need something that can handle road in the wet. My options seem limited.
May 26, 2015
better ride quality
replaced the Anakee tires on my 2013 BMW GS 1200 LC. I chose the Michelins as I have used their tires in the past on other BMW's. I am not an off-roader. I found the tires to be considerably quieter and smoother. Bike feels and handles great. After 2500 miles a flat spot is developing in the center, but no feathering of the edges has occurred yet. For touring I would recommend this tire.
May 4, 2015
Tread life seems very low
This is the first time I've used the Pilot series tires. I'm riding a BMW GSA and with less than 2000 miles on the trail tires, there is a noticeable flat spot on the tire. Usually I don't see any real wear on tires until I hit about 5000 miles. I think the softer compound in the center of the tire allows for much faster wear.
I'm not an aggressive rider and typically my tires last 10 to 15k. This set won't make it to 8k miles. I'm running the pilot GX on my Honda ST 1300. It is running much better and with nearly 4k miles on it, there is very little noticeable wear. I ride the Honda much more aggressively. I'm considering running a Pilot GX on my GSA as I ride only highway, even if the GX tire is 20 mm wider. If anyone has done that, I'd be interested to hear how that has worked out.
April 27, 2015
What an excellent tire! Everything they said it is! I like them better than the '3s' and they were excellent too!
February 17, 2015