Michelin Pilot Road 2 mini-review

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by ogden, Jul 22, 2009.

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    ogden Guest

    They feel exactly like the Diablo Corsa IIIs didn't.

    Which is pretty much exactly what I was after. Result!
    ogden, Jul 22, 2009
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    Nige Guest

    Did you get the road front, or sport front?



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    ogden Guest

    Road 2 front and rear.
    ogden, Jul 22, 2009
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    Alan Guest

    Which is what I have on my 08 Sprint and am well happy, never let go
    once so far in all types of shit weather i have been in and after 2k miles
    still look like new, mind you i dont GMKD anytime.

    Alan, Jul 23, 2009
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    Simon Wilson Guest

    I'm amazed about how much difference in confidence a set of tyres can
    make. I've had some metal bits[1] of the Bandit scraping the road,
    without crashing[2], since I put the Maxxis on.

    [1]Footrest I think
    [2]Famous last words.
    Simon Wilson, Jul 23, 2009
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    Beav Guest

    I hated those Corsa III things. After 90 miles on them, I binned the fuckers
    and put Bridgestone 014's back on.


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    Lozzo Guest

    Did you get the Supermaxx sport/touring radials, or the newer full on
    sport variant?

    I'm asking cos the Versys is due a new set of tyres very shortly and
    I'm looking at options to try. The sport/touring Maxxis are very keenly
    priced, so they are a contender as long as I can find someone who's
    done a fair few wet and dry miles to give a decent review. Some of my
    local mates have them, but none has done enough miles at my kind of
    pace[1] to be able to give me an answer.

    My mate Martin has donated an Avon Viper Sport front with less than 150
    miles on it, so I may buy a rear to match and try those for the rest of
    the summer.

    [1] My housemate's ZX7R, another mate's ZX6R J1, his missus' CBR600
    F-W, and another mate's ZX6R C1H. The 7R has only done about 1000 dry
    miles and he's been taking it steady after a ground up rebuild, the
    ZX6R J1 has done one slow trip to the NW200 and a couple of local rides
    with the CBR600 owner, who's a new rider so going slowly. The ZX6R C1H
    has only just had them fitted.
    Lozzo, Jul 23, 2009
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    Simon Wilson Guest

    The former.
    Very good price, just over £100 for the pair + fitting.

    I've only had them on a week-anna-bit, so that's <counts on fingers and
    toes> only around 1000 miles too.

    Somehow they just feel incredibly sticky and I've had no problems losing
    the chicken strips in that time. cf the Daytona 675 and ST1100 both of
    which have huuuuuge ones.

    The bandit still feels at bit skittish at three figure speeds on private
    roads but it's nothing like it was before - near on tank slappers on
    bumpy bends.

    In the wet I'm not really the best person to review I'm afraid - I'm
    absolutely useless on the twisties, especially where I live as the roads
    tend to be covered in mud and gravel when it rains.

    In town (London) the other difference I have noticed so far is it is
    *much* more stable at low speeds which really helps the low speed filtering.
    Simon Wilson, Jul 23, 2009
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    Lozzo Guest

    Simon Wilson wrote:

    Thanks for that, a good summary. I may well buy some then. I take it
    you're on a 600 Bandit.
    Where did you find them at that price? I'm willing to go for a decent
    rideout with paddock stands strapped to the back of my bike if I can
    get them that cheap.
    Lozzo, Jul 23, 2009
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    Simon Wilson Guest


    £109.99, postage was £6.95
    Simon Wilson, Jul 23, 2009
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    Simon Wilson Guest

    Simon Wilson, Jul 23, 2009
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    Lozzo Guest

    I just checked them out on ebay, the prices have gone up to 114-99 for
    a 120/60 and a 160/60. I need a 120/70 front and they aren't listing
    any pairs with the combination I require. My local shop, who are
    usually quite good, are quoting Maxxis at 180 a pair fitted, which is a
    bit too steep for me. At those prices I may as well get a set of Pilot
    Road2s. Even though I know that the Road2s are well up to the job, I'd
    like to try something different just to see.

    My other option is to buy a Dunlop Roadsmart rear at 120 quid and leave
    the matching Dunlop D221 front I have as is, cos there's stacks of
    tread left on it. I haven't got any issues with the Dunlops that are on
    it, aside from the fact the rear has wasted away in less than 4K miles.
    At least it hasn't squared off significantly, despite the many motorway
    miles I've done with the bike loaded up.
    Lozzo, Jul 23, 2009
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