Michelin Pilot Street Radial Rear Tires
Great commuter tire
You can get over 10k miles on these tires. As someone who commutes 25 miles in a straight line daily and only rides the canyons on the weekends I needed something with a bit more tread life. While these tires are good in the rain, they aren't quite as good as the pirelli dr2s. Though when I had the dr2s they flat spotted in 2k miles and wore down to the metal by 5k.
The grip on the pilot streets isn't great, but its good enough. You can feel the tire search for grip on tar snakes an painted lines. I still have confidence to rub off the chicken strips in the canyons and keep up with friends on larger bikes in the tighter sections.
This is a great tire for a long tread life and OK grip.
August 31, 2015
Modernize your small twin.
My wife's 2006 Ninja EX500R came with bias tires, and we had upgraded to one of the top of that range, the Pilot Activ. But Michelin doesn't make that tire in her sizes anymore, and their official recommendation is the radial Pilot Street. It is almost unheard of for a radial to be recommend for an bike that came with bias tires, but Michelin must have had the current and nearly nearly identical Ninja 250/300 in mind when they made this tire. And it's exactly the right tire for the bike. The first thing you notice is the smoother ride. Then the precise steering and stable handling. No rain experience yet, and there are only 2000 miles on the set, but we expect the best from PR2 experience. Buy the set, and don't mix bias and radial tires.
August 17, 2015
I've put about 2k miles on a set of these tires so far (front & rear), and I have to say that they are excellent! Awesome grip in the twisties of the Washington mountains, and very confidence inspiring!
Even at or near maximum lean in wet or dry conditions the tires still feel planted and beg for more!
At 2k miles they haven't noticeably worn down at all, although I have not tried to measure with a wear gauge. Couldn't say as to whether or not they develop flat spots easily, as much of my riding is spirited and filled with turns :). Although I don't think they are a dual compound tire, I could be wrong.
July 31, 2015
Great tire for wet roads
I bought these tires (front and back) after my old ones wore out and I was losing grip on the wet roads of Seattle. After the initial slickness from the top layer of tire, I have found these to be perfect tires for my riding style of commuting and day trips. They grip wet roads well, I feel safe leaning into turns, and they have yet to slip on any substance or road. I'm overall very satisfied with them.
May 26, 2015
Looks like an amazing tire.
Just got my tire very fast, faster than expected. Haven't had it mounted yet but have done a lot of research on the tire it can't complain right now. I'll write another review after a few rides.
March 14, 2015
Great quality tire
If you're looking for a new set of tires for the upcoming seasons this is what you should go for because changing from stock makes a substantial difference in riding confidence
March 2, 2015
This is the one...
There are a few bikes now with this tire size....I ride supermoto and this was a major step up from stock. Keep in mind the old tire was aging and starting to crack so obviously it would be night and day....but major improvements with bumps and cracks in the road. Compliments the suspension nicely and keeps its shape even with 2 people aboard! Ive only been caught in the rain briefly (is it a sickness that I cant wait for rain so I can test the waters?) and the road was not a total washout but was damp and it was a chilly morning and these really grab a hold... the only time these will break free is when you are practicing the drift in the front yard! I waited for months for a review that would sort of pertain to what I wanted in this tire and I have to say I'm VERY satisfied. I even hit a few cinders at night on a bend that would have sent me sailing if I hadn't replaced and got these and for that I love them. I absolutely HAD to get a matching front which I have to say must compliment the back nicely as the stock was again worn in the centers and was misshapen for a brand new perfect rear. I would replace both as confidence is now at an all time high.
I would swear by this tire and after seeing how smooth it is no joke have actually changed to Michelin for my car and SUV as well.....Remember you get what you pay for...Michelin delivers! I paired the 140/70 rear with the front 110/70 ....and you'll notice the treads oppose each other. The only thing I can 100% guarantee is a smooth ride and a tire that doesn't break loose when you need it most. These will show you how fun it is to drag a knee! Ride on! hope to see these on more local small CC bikes!
May 26, 2014
great in the wet, even better in the dry
I bought this for my CBR250R and I am very glad I did, it provides great grip in the wet, even when the tire is not all that warm(compared to IRC Road Winners).
March 21, 2014