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New Michelin Road 5
« on: October 26, 2017, 02:07:33 PM »
I just read on the french bike website le repaire des motards, that Michelin is bringing out a successor to the venerable Pilot Road 4.
The new tire drops the "Pilot" name to be sold as Michelin Road 5.

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It will be available Jan 1st in the following sizes:

120/60 ZR17 55W TL
120/70 ZR17 58W TL
150/70 ZR17 69W TL
160/60 ZR17 69W TL
180/55 ZR17 73W TL
190/50 ZR17 73W TL
190/55 ZR17 75W TL

There will also be a trail version. No word as to a heavy weight version a la GT or if the PR4 will still be available.
I would think it will remain available as it's one of the OEM tires for the R1200RT LC.
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Re: New Michelin Road 5
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2017, 03:03:01 PM »
I've loved the 2, 3, and 4.  I have to imagine this will be a fantastic tire.
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Re: New Michelin Road 5
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2017, 06:29:25 PM »
I have to agree with Miles.  Wonderful tires, the lot of them.
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Re: New Michelin Road 5
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2017, 07:30:35 PM »
Why?  Is this just a marketing schtick and a bold new tread pattern?   Seems like the PR4 just came out...

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Re: New Michelin Road 5
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2017, 10:09:55 PM »
Why?  Is this just a marketing schtick and a bold new tread pattern?   Seems like the PR4 just came out...

It seems the PR4 came out four years ago. I guess time really flies.  :willy:
According to the PR from Michelin, we should get better mileage, better wet and dry grip.
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Re: New Michelin Road 5
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2017, 07:20:14 AM »
They did the same thing with the 3, which was quickly followed by the 4.  Probably because the 3 turned out to be the redheaded stepchild of the PR family (bad cupping/wear on the front).

I've used nothing but Michelin's forever, except this last year, Bridgestone T30's on the bike now, and, I have a set of Dunflops RS3's waiting in the wings.  Why the change? Price.  A set of PR's up in Canuckistan typically runs $450 delivered all in.  Both Bridgestone and Dunlop have had great sales combined with cash rebates. It's hard to justify the extra 200+ dollars for the Michelins. Both the T-30's and the RS3's are capable of running in the performance envelope of the PR's.
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Re: New Michelin Road 5
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2017, 07:48:02 AM »
Bungie pretty much summed up my feelings as well.
I was never impressed enough with the Michelins to
justify the added expense.
Today, there are lots of good tires available.
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Re: New Michelin Road 5
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2017, 09:16:08 AM »
I've never used a tire that gave even remotely close to the wet weather confidence of the PRs, 3 & 4 specifically. I never found the love in the 2s that many did.

But...

For dry weather use, I don't find them to be any different than a lot of the great tires you can get now, including the Shinko Virge 016s.

But man, that wet weather performance, though....
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Re: New Michelin Road 5
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2017, 10:58:38 AM »

But man, that wet weather performance, though....

Which makes the premium price worth it to me. I will pay good money for some 'cheap insurance' to keep my plastics rash-free. And I get caught in the rain. A lot.


*Of course, it was never a $200 premium, more like $50.
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Re: New Michelin Road 5
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2017, 11:35:45 AM »

*Of course, it was never a $200 premium, more like $50.

This is when people who can't do math or wouldn't understand that you were buying tires ANYWAY chime in and say "but you paid $400 for those tires, so it wasn't $50!" ;)
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Re: New Michelin Road 5
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2017, 11:39:59 AM »
On my second set of pr4. Hands down the best tire I have used. I'll be sticking with them until they stop making them  unless the 5 is that much better which I can't see how.

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Re: New Michelin Road 5
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2017, 12:24:58 PM »
On my second set of pr4. Hands down the best tire I have used. I'll be sticking with them until they stop making them  unless the 5 is that much better which I can't see how.


I'm sort of in this boat.  I am a huge fan of the 4s, but thought I'd give something else a try this time around.  I'm currently running the Conti Road Attack EVO 2s (yes, terrible name, I agree) and while they seem to be as good as the PR4s in the dry, I haven't noticed them being better (and they did alter my bike's geometry a bit).  Hopefully when the weather turns I'll get to evaluate how they do in the wet.

But at this point, I expect my next tires will be Road 5s.
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Re: New Michelin Road 5
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2018, 08:33:04 PM »
I've been running the PR's for many years now. I don't see that ending anytime soon.

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Re: New Michelin Road 5
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2019, 01:21:26 PM »
I'm convinced.  Just ordered Road 5's.

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Re: New Michelin Road 5
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2019, 04:54:16 PM »
I just read on another forum that the Road 5 GT will be delayed until fall 2019
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Re: New Michelin Road 5
« Reply #15 on: March 15, 2019, 07:23:21 AM »
Since the Road5 GT was not available, I took a shot on the Bridgestone T31 GT and have been very pleased.  Just mounted up the second one over the winter.  A bit cheaper and seems to give nothing up to the PR4GT.   The FJR seems to like the front tire profile too. 

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Re: New Michelin Road 5
« Reply #16 on: March 15, 2019, 07:31:07 AM »
Curiously, the 5's are currently cheaper than the 4GT's.

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Re: New Michelin Road 5
« Reply #17 on: March 15, 2019, 07:58:48 AM »
I am also running T31s ,in truth I may run those again if the PR s are not in stock where I buy tires.
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Re: New Michelin Road 5
« Reply #18 on: March 19, 2019, 09:45:39 PM »
A buddy told me yesterday that he went through the 5 too fast and is going back to the 4GT for more mileage.

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Re: New Michelin Road 5
« Reply #19 on: March 25, 2019, 07:45:44 AM »
A buddy told me yesterday that he went through the 5 too fast and is going back to the 4GT for more mileage.
On what bike?  Some (big) bikes actually need the 'GT'.
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Re: New Michelin Road 5
« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2019, 07:50:14 AM »
A buddy told me yesterday that he went through the 5 too fast and is going back to the 4GT for more mileage.
On what bike?  Some (big) bikes actually need the 'GT'.

Yeah, the wear on the GT is significantly different.
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Re: New Michelin Road 5
« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2019, 09:30:51 PM »
He rides an FJ-09. He's a very aggressive rider.

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Re: New Michelin Road 5
« Reply #22 on: March 26, 2019, 01:34:32 PM »
Some bikes don't mix with some tires.  I always got 5 to 7k miles out of PR4s on the Connie but I burnt a set off on my little Wee in 3500.  Didn't run the GTs on my Wee

Another thing I noticed.  Michelin sometimes adds a little more rubber to second generation.  Second pr4 I bought had like .025 more tread depth than the very first one.  Saw that on pr3s too if I recall.  Yeah I always meShre tread depth and miles. 
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Re: New Michelin Road 5
« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2019, 04:33:06 PM »
He rides an FJ-09. He's a very aggressive rider.

Yeah, he'll want the GT which isn't available yet.
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