Michelin Pilot Road 4 Trail Tires
State of the art
I ran the PR3 Trail on my 2006 GSA and have a set of PR3 on my K1300S. I really like these tires. I put the PR4 Trail on my 2014 GSA for a recent 2-up cross county trip and Bun Burner and found these to be an impressive tire. Less cupping in the front and less flat spotting in the rear over the first 3,000 miles than the super stiff Ankanee that came on the bike new. Plenty of grip in the mountains, good stability at 75-80 mph on the western interstates. Hit some pretty decent rain, but experienced no slip or planing. Can't imagine a better road tire for this bike. The Trail rear has an odd profile; would be hard to get rid of the entire chicken strip. Also, the tire looks a little skinny on the bike, but the ride quality and handling is great, even 2-up and loaded. Can't offer testimony on wear. I'm guessing I might get 8k on this set?
August 27, 2014
I have 2 sets of wheels for my GSA. I need a street only tire and this fits the application perfect.
I have two sets of wheels, on-road and off-road for my 2011 BMW R1200GSA.The Pilot Road 4 Trail tire for me, is a road tire that fits my trail bike.I put the paint dot next to the valve stem and it took very little weight to balance the tire. This tire is
butter smooth on the road, tracks straight on grooved roads and sticks in the corners.
This will be my "go to" street tire from now on.
August 18, 2014
The bomb in rain!
My wife and did a 400 mile run to the NC coast and back on our '09 R1200GS. Took the back roads down and would you believe it, the weatherman was soooo wrong. A slight chance of showers turned into 1/16th of a mile visibility, lighting strikes all around and rain and wind like a hurricane. I believe we were the only bike plowing through. The cars ahead of us were shooting plumes of water but the bike just tracked tight and straight. Even though she was not having fun, my wife through the headset, uremarked on how well the new tires were doing. Gotta love her and Michelin!
August 17, 2014
Best all-round tire for a GSW!
Put these on my BMW GSW for a 6K road trip. Wow - no noise and great handling. It gets better, 2500 miles were on gravel, deep ruts and only 100 miles going up and down an 11,000' Rocky Mountain creek bed with water and over 2' rocks. These tires did it all without a cut or unplanned slip. FWI: I am an aggressive rider.
I don't think they would do as well in deep mud and/or sand. When I get the opportunity, will report back.
August 4, 2014
Great tires, worth the price, fantastic grip, more compliant than Conti's Trail Attack, hoping for better tread life. Very pleased!
June 6, 2014
Good so far
I purchased this along with the PR4 Rear to replace stock tires on the 2012 650 Vstrom. So far they have lived up to expectations related to the pedigree of the PR3. The tires are very quiet, get into turns easily, and I feel glued to the road in wet and dry conditions.
Time will tell on the increased longevity.
I do have to note on the front "trail" version I had a heck of a time trying to get the bead to seat. The sidewalls seemed unusually pinched toward the center well than I am used to seeing. First attempts with a small air compressor failed. It just wasn't holding air. I could see gaps through the tire/wheel. It was about a hour struggle with a more powerful air compressor, ratchet strap, and a ton of lube the bead finally popped. Since then life has been good, but it seemed worth noting.
June 2, 2014
Very high quality tire
Have 1500 miles on tires. Showing no wear. Ride is very smooth and gives a feeling of confidence into every turn as well as the straight line feel. Will purchase again unless it is improved on. But right now they are the best... No wet trails yet but I'm sure they will last til winter.
May 26, 2014
Tiger Explorer-best road tire I have ever experienced
My TEX was a good bike but it had some huge tire noise and wallowed all over the road at high speeds. It was those sucky OEM Metzler Tourance EXP tires.
They lasted a measly 2000 miles before the back was flat and the front was cupped. Yanked off those #####$%^ and slapped on these Michelins.
Wow-what great tires. Quiet and grip like mad. Just did a 3000 mile trip that came back via the NC mountain roads like 276 and Georgia 60. Grips like glue. I felt glued to the road. It's the most fun you can have out of the bedroom. These tires make the bike a super bike. They are however not great off road but that's the price you pay for on road tire perfection. I have 6000 miles on them now and they still look new. Rear is real round and front has no cupping at all. There may be other tires as good or better but I ain't found it yet and would get another set for sure.
May 14, 2014