Michelin Road 5

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  1. Lint

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    It looks like the Pilot RS tread pattern, kind of like the PR4 tread looks like the PP3 thread pattern, but with rain sipes. Have to say I’m liking the RS tires on the 5 Gen, so may try the Road5, at least the rear. May do an RS front with Road5 rear on my 6 Gen, like I’m doing with the PP3/PR4 combo right now.
     
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    My only beef with the PR 4 is it likes to lose traction while under acceleration on the "soft" sides of the tire. I have had the rear slide out on me a number of times, nearly highsiding at least three times. The article started the Road 5 is supposed to be better, so who knows? Maybe they have come up with a fix for that.
     
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    Well, I’ve never had that happen with the PR tires but then again, I’m mostly commuting on the 6 Gen. I will say that the times I’ve had the PP3 do what you describe, is when the tire gets near or to the wear markers and pushing it. The PR is not meant to be used like a pure sport tire, so I can’t fault it for not holding up like one. For moderate or slightly higher paces, it’s held its own for me.
     
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    Interesting. Now I understand what they do to improve the sipes for wet weather. Makes sense to me now. Teardrop shaped sipes. am not putting the high annual mileage on mine these days so I suspect it may be a couple years before I need new tires. Then again, I have started working again 50 miles away from home. If full time ever kicks in, that could make for some high annual mileage in which case, I might be in need of these tires. Anyone know if their light truck and passenger car tires have the same teardrop design in the sipes on them? When winter is over and I remove my snow tires, I am in need of new summers. I have used nothing but Michelins on my truck and SUV for years. Same think with wife, son and daughter's cars. Now they get what they want. I am out of that now. Time for them to buy me tires for my truck.
     
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    OOTV,
    I've only lost grip on back when I pushed acceleration while leaned over, ironically, that's when you need it the most. The new tire is supposed to surpass the 4 in that regard.
    http://markets.businessinsider.com/...he-MICHELIN-Road-5-Motorcycle-Tire-1006641992
    Randy, the Road 5 technology comes directly from their automotive street tires, the Michelin Premier A/S, so yes, you can get this for your cars and SUVs!

    Link to look up the tires for your vehicles:
    https://www.michelinman.com/tire/mi...FY2B4b_Rmy6GcU6-1RHi7kTcTCcRzGZsaAn8BEALw_wcB
     
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    One tire to rule them all.
    Straight outta Mordor. :Fish:
     
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    Let's revive this thread.
    I'm in the market for a new set of tires, and looking for input from all of you. I don't mean to beat the dead horse.
    Looking for a tire that has good grip and lasts long. I've had PR 2, 3 and 4, and I get good mileage out of them, but the grip is something I'm not fond of specially in wet roads.
    I've run Dunlops before on this and other bikes, and I really don't like them. Never run Bridgetons on this bike, and have read good things about them but don't remember which tires have been recommenced by those who have run them.
    Have read about others like pirelli, but I remember reading they don't last long.
    Thanks fellas.
     
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    Well I just spooned on a set of the Road 5s but are just in the break in stage. So far they feel good but I have not "pushed" them yet. Since I have barely done a 100 miles on them, I won't know the longevity of them at the moment. I can say that I am expecting them to get at least what I get out of my PP3/PR4 combo I used and that is in the 10-13k miles. Since these are on my commuter bike, I run the air pressures at the maximum 36/42 and at those pressures, it feels to be a rather stiff tire. Hitting small bumps and square edge ruts, I do feel it a little more than with my PP3/PR4 set.

    Although I am not the biggest Bridgestone fan, their S21 tires worked well before they got replaced with the Michelin RS set and the Pirelli Super Corsas have grip for days but they didn't last long on my Ducati, well the front didn't. Its sides were worn down rather quickly and when I put a new set on (temporarily) on my 6 Gen, it was no different as far as grip. For you though, the Bridgestone T30/T31 might be the choice for you as they are more of a sport-touring tire and are supposed to be great for grip and mileage. Lint is probably a good one to talk to about those, he raves about them all the time. Right now there is a $50 rebate going on Bridgestone and I believe these are on the list of tires that qualify for the rebate.

    Oops, hit enter too fast. I am not saying that the Bridgestone is one you should choose over the Road 5, I was pointing out that it would be the one to look at if you were considering Bridgstones, particularly since they have the rebate going.
     
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    As always OOTV, thank you.
     
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    Right now the Pirelli Angel GT is still the tire for me. Bridgestones do everything well but ride like hell, as in very hard. I won't mount another Bridgestone for that reason. The Pirelli's wear slightly better while providing phenomenal grip. Tires have come a long way. If you want more grip, get a sport tire.
     
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    I'm torn between the Roadsmart IIIs, or the Power RS. I'm in the minority I guess that I don't think the stock Dunlops are all that bad. I don't ride in the rain (on purpose), and dry grip is my priority. I've had the Angel GTs on my 09 FZ1 and I did find the limits of their grip. Fast right / left transitions would see the tire get a bit pushy. I did not care for the profile either. Wide, flat center was great for extending mileage, but never felt planted with committing to a corner. It may have been the 190/50/17 profile also contributing to this, I did not have a chance to try the 190/55.

    The Road 3/4/5s may be great in the wet, and I'm not knocking them. If they suit where/how you ride that's all that matters.

    Personally, I'd rather replace tires a little more often and know I have more grip than I need. I'm pretty good at riding within my limits, but every once in a while something surprises me. It's those times I like having the confidence in my tires to look/lean through. So I'm leaning towards Michelin's other tire, the Power RS. If I get 4k to 5k out of them, I'll be good with that.
     
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    Having one VFR (01) with a pair of RS and another (09) with the Road 5, I’d say either will do you well. They feel close to the same and if you look at their construction and tread pattern, they are very similar. I will say this, the Road 5, if it last as long as the previous PR versions, it will be my go to Michelin tire for my 6 Gen (commuter). As it has great side grip, enough that when I used them at the track, it performed more than I was anticipating and more than I would ever ask on public roads. The wet weather aspects of the tire were mainly built into the center, wth mileage built into the design on top of that. The side wall is more like the RS, with more rubber than sipes. Michelin feels that when riding in wet weather, your lean angles will be less, so no need to compromise the sides with unneeded sipes.
     
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    I just put a pair of Pirelli Angel GT on mine this week. I don't have a lot of miles on them but so far the turn in is smooth and grippy. I prev had the michellins power RS 2CT+ that came on the bike. I liked the michellins just allowed a little bit of sliding (they were old made in 2011) and I hit a rain storm in the texas hill country this past weekend which didn't produce a whole lot of confidence, but like I said they were worn and old.
     
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    worn tire are worn tires
     
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    For those that went with the new Road 5's, how do they feel for wear and confidence now that you have had a few weeks/months of ownership?
    Not too far off topic, anyone move onto the Michelin Road 5's from Roadsmart 3's or similar?
     
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    Well too early to tell on mileage but they do seem to be wearing well. I actually used them at the track and although I really didn't push them too hard (I was on my commuter bike) I did use them more than I would have on public roads and I felt more than positive they'd do the job on the streets and canyons. I even got in a little rain ride on the way home from the track and had a slight panic stop, the tires didn't even flinch, bike stayed upright and slowed to a complete stop.

    Note that these are a little stiffer than previous Michelin "Road" tires so you do feel the road a bit more but for me I actually prefer this over the previous versions. As it is still too early to know if I'll get the same mileage as the PR2 and PR4 I used previously, all indications show I should be in the same ballpark (10k+). I'll also add that with the PR2 and PR4 rears, I mated a Pilot Power 3 front, however this round I went with the Road 5 front and rear. The Road 5 are close to the Power RS and I have those on my 5 Gen and they have been great so far, so I figured I try the Road 5 front this time round. So far it's been fine but I didn't like the earlier PR front tires.
     
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