Michelin Pilot Road 4 Trail Tires
Pilot Road 4 Trail tires.
This is the 3rd set of these tires I have used.
They are phenomenally good.
They are a pleasure to ride, but more importantly they grip very very well in a really wide range of conditions.
I ride in Southern California in mainly dry weather, but having grown up in England if it's raining I'm still going to ride my bike.
I also have to deal with all the idiots that don't seem to know how to point sprinklers and how to efficiently water a garden. I often find wet roads during the droughts here due to these idiots. These tires keep me safe.
Regarding Tread life I get good mileage if you consider my loads, how I ride and the types of roads I ride. However I do not abuse my tires and they treat me well.
My bike is a big Yamaha Super Tenere. I like these tires so much that I refer to my bike as the Michelin Man...... similar physique. LOL. My lucky charm is a Michelin Man Keyring for my motorcycle keys.
May 10, 2016
Grate tires for commuting
Pilot Road 4 work well wet or dry. They worm up fast and are a smooth ride.
May 4, 2016
Great road tire
I put a new set of PR3s on my R1200GS each fall when I ride the mountains in Arkansas. This year, I tried a PR4 on the rear, front was still good and still get the same smooth quite ride with excellent grip. The trip is usually ~2000 miles and when I get home, the 3s have quite a bit of feathering on the edges and these 4s didn't seem to have as much. Maybe Ill get more than the 6000 miles I get out of the 3s. I am a big guy on a big bike and push it a little hard so don't expect more than that from a tire this grippy.
January 20, 2016
Fantastic all-around service
Always great to do business with Revzilla. My initial impression with the tires is GREAT. Have not ridden them enough to rate tire wear, nor have I ridden in the rain. Sure made my bike handle like a dream. Thanks Revzilla
November 3, 2015
Not good tread life
I put a set of these on my Triumph Tiger Explorer and I am going to need to change out the rear tire again. It is a softer compound than the standard PR4s. (When I bought the tire the trail was the only one I could get.) I am not even going to get the life that the stock tires got. I got 14K out of the stock tires which are known for being soft. I am at 11K right now and just starting to hit the wear bars. Maybe they would work better on a lighter bike with less horse power. Most all of my riding is pavement but I don't ride aggressive, I am a commuter and like to take road trips.
September 4, 2015
R1200GS Pilot 4 upgrade from Pilot 3
The new model is very similar to the prior Pilot 3. The main difference appears to be the trend pattern and in my opinion a bit better looking for what that matters.
After the initial break-in period (150 miles), which by the way can be squirrelly, especially in the rain, the tires are every bit as good as the Pilot 3. Maybe a slight bit gripper.
I would recommend them for the R1200GS especially in rainy climates and geared up. Prior Conti's were terrible in the rain.
The review on trend life is premature and based on the Pilot 3s which gave me 9,000 miles.
August 31, 2015
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