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Michelin Pilot Street Radial Rear Tires
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Michelin Pilot Street Radial Rear Tires

The Michelin Pilot Street Radial brings the radial revolution to small and medium-size bikes!

Radial architecture that enables improved overall response and handling as well as unrivaled performance over the long term, compared with a same-size cross-ply tire. A 100% silica rubber compound that delivers the best wet grip in its category, for a safe, sporty ride. The Pilot Street Radial tires are derived directly from Michelin's radial Sport Touring ranges and features tread borrowed from the Michelin Pilot Road 2, giving the motorcycle an attractive, sporty appearance.

The Pilot Street Radial features a slightly sharper profile to ensure excellent driving precision under normal riding conditions and a steeper shoulder for steering accuracy when camber angle increases.


  • Optimized groove tread pattern
  • Tread pattern designed to minimize uneven wear and maximize mileage while enhancing wet weather performance
  • Variable groove width along the tread pattern
  • High silica content for increased wet grip without sacrificing tire life
  • Precision handling with high level of rider feedback
  • Superior longevity compared to a primary bias-ply competitor
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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
Confidence inspiring! 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
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Michelin Pilot Street Radial Rear Tires
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Genesis T: Radial Option for the Ninja 250 in OEM size. Oct 4, 2015
Leann C: All the reviews I read said they were great for wet weather (I live in Seattle). Jun 29, 2015
Kristian M: radial street tire for my cbr250. also, last one left. Apr 7, 2015
O S: after reading the reviews i am sure this will be the best tire out there in the market for entry level bikes Apr 3, 2015
H A: Only street tires that fir the CRF230M Mar 26, 2015
Joshua B: Heard good things about this tire Needed a upgrade for my ninja 300 Jan 9, 2015
Devin D: I purchased the ront tire from a local shop, but revzilla has much better pricing so I ordered my rear from here. Awesome tire. Dec 9, 2014
Douglas C: Looking for a good set of wet-weather tires for my CBR250R and this seems to be the one... Oct 14, 2014
Anthony C asked: How many miles can I expect out of these? I'm on a Ninja 300. I commute everyday 60+miles, so I eat up mileage very quickly. 99% of my riding is done on highways, and I'm not a knee-dragger, so I'm looking for a good tire for that purpose that is more inspiring than the stock IRCs.

Are these alright for my purposes, and how many miles should I expect?
Feb 13, 2015
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farley j: Can't speak for mileage, I have had them on my cbr250r for a year with about 4000km with little wear. They are much stickier than the irc's that came with the bike and are great when it is cold and wet which is often in Vancouver, Canada. If you are doing lots of highway and are not concerned about putting an over sized tire consider the pilot road 3 or 4, it will change how you bike will turn, or so I have heard but a dual compound tie will last longer if you are riding mostly highway, but you will be altering the dynamics of the bike by changing tie size, otherwise I have been happy as Larry with the pilot street. Get some advice on other forums as sellers will have to protect themselves from liability for a noon OEM tire size... Feb 18, 2015
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Ian J: I've got almost 9,000 miles on my set. They appear to be about 60% worn or so. I routinely used to get about 8,000 out of my SportDemon tires (4 sets in a row). These are a massive improvement in both handling and mileage from my perspective. I'm thinking I'll end up getting at least 12,000 out of the Pilot Street tire. I also commute about 70 miles a day round trip. I run about 60% slab and about 40% twisty for my commute. I highly recommend without hesitation! Feb 17, 2015
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Justin B: I rode the stock tires for 9000 or so miles. I thought that I would get comparable life out if the new tires. I sold the bike sometime after that. The main difference that I experienced was that the new tires had a more aggressive performance. They lent themselves to getting into a more aggressive turning posture better than the stock tires. They do feel different. I wish I had more. Hope this helps. Feb 17, 2015
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David B: I commute as well. Put 16,000 miles on a CBR250 in two years. You'll like these tire because they have fibers that improve grip in the rain. Different compound for mid tire with grippier rubber on the camber plus the fibers for grip on wet pavement. I am buying a set, perhaps the IV when I get new tires for my CBR500R. Not sure about mileage but they should out perform most. Feb 17, 2015
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tin n: Sorry, but I'm not the one who can answer this question. I too ride a ninja 300, however I live in Atlanta georgia. I installed the tires in September and it soon got cold after. I have less than 1000 miles on my set. They still look really new after 1000 if that helps any and I'm happy with the performance. Feb 17, 2015
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Douglas C: I think these will be your best bet for your Ninja 300. I commute 50 miles daily on my cbr250r and after 3000 miles they are still looking fairly new. Feb 17, 2015
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Eddie S asked: Hi!

I was deciding between the Michelin Pilot Street Radials and the Pirelli Sport Demon Sport Touring tires to replace the rear tire on my girlfriend's Ninja 250r, and I wanted to ask you guys for your opinion. She rides year round since we are in Southern California. She doesn't ride too aggressively, but we do go on the occasional group ride through the Palomar Mountains. Which tire would you guys recommend for a good balance between grip and durability?

Many Thanks,

Mar 26, 2014
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Michael W: I think the Michelin Pilot Street Radials are very grippy but never tried the Sport Demons. I considered them but some people reported 4k miles for the tires, which I would go through in 3 months.

I ride in northern CA year round and take curves fairly aggressively.

Unless she is dragging pegs the Street Radials should be fine.
Mar 27, 2014
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Max P: I made the move to these tires from the BT-45s on my gs500 and I was presently surprised at the different feel. The michelin provided much better grip and stability. I can't comment of the Pirelli but I would usual advise on have two matching tires. Mar 26, 2014
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Ara C: I love the Michelin Pilot Street on my 250r. Feels like a new bike with more performance and much stickier. Stopping has improved too!! I recommend these tires and will be buying them again. Mar 26, 2014
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Ryan P: The pilot saved my ass from a would've been lowslide. I've had them for 3 months and they're great. Mar 26, 2014
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Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Rear / 130/70R-17 62H 938251 33798 Available: Expect 2-5 business days processing time prior to shipment
Rear / 140/70R-17 66H 938252 29590 Out of Stock