Michelin Pilot Road 2

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Rich B, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. Rich B

    Rich B Guest

    Anyone had these?

    The B12 came to me with Sportmax Qualifiers, a part-worn D218 front and a
    new D209 rear. The front has lasted just over 5k, the rear 3k, and they're
    both now on the legal limit. I've been quite happy with the grip and
    handling [1], but the Michelins have had some very good write-ups. Any
    recomendations for these, or other suitable fitments would be welcome. Use
    is all-weather commuting and days out, mainly solo with very little motorway
    and no track use anticipated [2]. Good grip is the first priority, decent
    wear rate second, and both would be nice. Riding style quickish but

    [1] I'm still getting to grips with modern tyre technology, so anything
    seems good - back when I did most of my riding, the ultimate wet-weather
    tyre was a TT100.

    [2] Yet.

    Rich B, Sep 2, 2007
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  2. Rich B

    speedyspic Guest

    If those are your criteria then you'll be more than happy with the
    PR2s. I've had them on my Daytona for over 5K miles now and I have
    about another 2K miles left in the rear, and the front is half worn.
    They have been brilliant, especially in wet conditions, as you can see
    the wear rate is good for a sports/touring tyre and they just feel
    right on my bike. I do attempt the odd hooligan antic now and then and
    have done some serious motorway mileage on these ones compared to A
    road stuff, and the tyres have always coped well. Hog will no doubt
    give the same kind of review of the PR2s he has on his Ducati ST4S .

    When they are worn out I want to try the Avon Storms just to see what
    they are like next. I don't believe you should get stuck in a rut
    believing that what you currently use is the ultimate, without trying
    the new stuff that comes along.
    speedyspic, Sep 2, 2007
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  3. Rich B

    Rich B Guest

    Sucking his keyboard for inspiration, typed:
    Yup, that is pretty good.

    Thanks for that. I'm finding it pretty hard to judge. I've had a bike all
    my life, but stopped riding in 1995 due to illness and have only just come
    back (Jan this year). Tyres are better by a factor of many since I was last
    on two wheels, and although I know people rubbish the Dunlops, to me they
    were awesomely sticky and predictable, compared with what I had before.
    Just a pity they wore so quickly - when I got the bike, the front tyre still
    had its whiskers on. 3k miles later, it's fucked. The rear was the same -
    3k from brand new to 1.6mm tread and starting to square off. I suppose it's
    the usual trade-off.
    Rich B, Sep 2, 2007
  4. Rich B

    Hog Guest

    They are as loz states. The fronts do not have the straight line
    stability of the BT020 but as a result the steering is noticeably

    I shall probably try some Storms too, on the Bastard12 which has munched
    a BT014 in 3000 miles. Large power/torque with no drivetrain cushdrive
    gets rather expensive.
    Hog, Sep 3, 2007
  5. Rich B

    speedyspic Guest

    Drop the tyre pressures by 3psi and try that.

    I was chatting to Geoff Baines from Baines Racing[1] and he was saying
    the Michelin PR2s have very stiff sidewalls and benefit from running
    slightly lower pressures.

    [1] Independent Ducati specialists
    speedyspic, Sep 3, 2007
  6. Rich B

    Hog Guest

    Ah cheers!
    Hog, Sep 3, 2007
  7. Rich B

    Rich B Guest

    Sucking his keyboard for inspiration, Hog typed:
    Thanks for the info, chaps. PR2s it is, then.
    Rich B, Sep 7, 2007
  8. Rich B

    Hog Guest

    I have tried provoking them two up with luggage as if they were sprot tyres
    (once nicely warmed). They behaved perfectly. OK this is 117 rear wheel bhp
    not 150 but still.
    Hog, Sep 7, 2007
  9. Rich B

    Rich B Guest

    Sucking his keyboard for inspiration, Hog typed:
    I'll be passing about 100 (crank) through, so within parameters, easily.
    Rich B, Sep 7, 2007
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