No mention in all the hype concerning the poor wear performance of front PR4s and PR3s. The tendency for these tyres to accelerated wear on the right side of the tread is the reason I've decided to change to Pirellis. My (blue) Blackbird has just recently polished off a set of Diablo Rosso IIIs, a tyre more suited to track days than grand touring which only lasted for about 16000kms. Nevertheless, while there was noticeable scalloping, the front tyre looked to have stood up much better than the Michelins had.
It will be interesting to see if the Road 5's front tyre performance shows any improvement. Now, who wants to stump up for a set and put them to the test?
P.S. ... I recently (~1000kms ago) put a set of Angel GTs on the abovementioned beast. Even if they only last as long as the PR4s and don't outlast them, they will have been a good buy. They cost $50 less per set!
Thanks for researching this for the Forum.
My most recent tyres – GTR1400:
Pirelli Angel GTs – 16,066Kms to date, still legal but don’t think they’ll get to 18K or 19Ks, front tyre in good nick;
Michelin PR4s – 18,162Kms, the front tyre was still legal but complete crap at time of change;
Michelin PR4s – 20,633Ks, ditto for front tyre;
Michelin PR4s – 17,069, ditto for front tyre.
The table that shows Price v Performance is interesting because it seems to confirm the real choice these days is between Michelin PR4s v Pirelli Angel GTs. However, the table doesn’t take into account longevity / durability. Given a set of tyres is $500+ in Perth these days, this is an important consideration.
“Listen to the pouring rain, listen to it rain.” – who said climate change was “crap”?
I don’t understand the table “Details how long various tires have lasted us”. This shows Pirelli Angel GT getting an average of 4,582 miles or 7,374Kms!! WTF!? What do they do in the States? Burn outs before breakfast? They elected Trump, have they now gone completely mad? Or, have I read this wrong? Whatever.
I’m gonna need new tyres soon and had contemplated going back to Michelin PR2s. However, I don’t think I’ll do that, I’ll probably get another set of Pirellis because the front tyre is more reliable, they are slightly better priced than the Michelin PR4s and it looks like they have more or less the same longevity.
Kurodori San, re your invite to guinea pig the Michelin 5s, thanks but no thanks. If only because Michelin heven't fessed up about their front tyre issues.
Having said that . . . . I was in Causeway Kawasaki today looking for some elbow armour and noticed they were/are closing down.
So, I bought some armour and this set of Michelin PR4s for $464.
Now all I gotta do is get someone to fit them - it might not turn out to be a good buy after all:
Not for you Van der Headbolt.
The Road 5 will come as a GT version later this year or early in 2019.
For now Michelin recommends continued use of the PR4-GT for heavier bikes and heavier loads.
So, Mr Boxer, did you buy the GT version of the PR4?
Sorry, no "gotcha" moment here:
Front tyre has same inscription.
BTW, can you suggest anyone in Perth who might be able to fit em to my bike? That is, assuming you live in Perth Western Australia. Who knows, you may be a denizen of outer Mongolia and living in a nomads yurt with the stiff carcass of Olga and her heavy sister Natasha with her heavier "loads".
If you look carefully at my avatar areas, you will notice that I live north of the river, and am often out of the country. And yes, I have been to Mongolia, a country with highly sophisticated people who yak all the time, just like you.
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Well, I finally got 17,867Kms from a set of Pirelli Angel GTs with probably another thousand Ks left in them.
Here's my 1400 up on blocks whilst the new Michelin PR4s were being fitted.
Motorcycle Masters in Kewdale fitted, balanced and disposed of the old tyres for $40 a set: good value.
PS: Van der HeadBolt I looked at your avatar and was reminded of the old saying: "middle age is when your narrow waist and broad mind change places". ha ha ha ha ha