Michelin PR4 GT v Road 5s

yanto baby

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Hi, with an eye towards spring looking for new tyres, currently with pr4s and happy with them but they do square off a bit too early. I have previously been recommended the GT version but declined but do wonder whether they will wear better whilst having same great performance? Alternatively, whats the wear/mileage of the road 5s? Not seen much thatbthey last any longer?
 

Jim1836sc

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Had them on for about 4.5k miles and good so far. Front hasn’t cupped like pr4’s (but I have had MCT sort the front since last set of pr4’s). Grip is good, bike feels secure and so far been reassuring through winter.
 

Coval

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+1 for PR5s
Had the front for about 2k now with no sign of cupping, their profile differs slightly from PR4. I have ridden every day through the winter so far, no grip issues at all.
 

mickvfr800fiw

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There no such thing as a PR5 it called Michelin road 5 ( there is no pilot in the title )

I’ve just taken off half worn PR4’s and replaced them with road 5’s on the Z1000sx . The difference is like night and day . The bike came with shitty PR4’s on . I’d never buy those new after trying them once . Probably the worst PR range tyre Michelin made imo
 

trumpet

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There no such thing as a PR5 it called Michelin road 5 ( there is no pilot in the title )

I’ve just taken off half worn PR4’s and replaced them with road 5’s on the Z1000sx . The difference is like night and day . The bike came with shitty PR4’s on . I’d never buy those new after trying them once . Probably the worst PR range tyre Michelin made imo

The question really is are Michelin going to make a GT version of the Road 5 (corrected for you Mick) for heavy Bikes, like they did with the PR4.. At the moment the recommended fitment is a standard Road 5 for the VFR1200, but a PR4 GT for the earlier tyres.
 

Pete/48

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There no such thing as a PR5 it called Michelin road 5 ( there is no pilot in the title )

I’ve just taken off half worn PR4’s and replaced them with road 5’s on the Z1000sx . The difference is like night and day . The bike came with shitty PR4’s on . I’d never buy those new after trying them once . Probably the worst PR range tyre Michelin made imo
Sorry guys, Just sidestepping the main title thread a little, But am interested in Micks comments in his last post,

Hi Mick,
Would you mind elaborating a little and passing on to us part time riders, why you have such negative thoughts about the Michelin PR4s,
Could be of some interest to those of us who are perhaps thinking about having these fitted next time around,
Thanks Mick, best of luck to you, and Just look after yourself out there on these blasted slimy roads at this time of year
 

reeseyboy

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I too hated the 4. There was no feedback from the front, it just felt wooden with no feel at all. The 3 was far better. I’ll fit the 5 on my MT10 when the time comes.
 

StuartG

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I read and heard about many poor experiences with PR4's so I stuck with PR3's until the Road 5's came along. I put Road 5's on last summer and they are very good in all weathers, I would certainly recommend them.
 

sort_it_oot_man

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The Road 5 is the default tyre IMHO. No-one ever got fired for buying Michelins. I run them on all our modes of transport, even our scooter! Although my love of them has taken a blow with the closure of the Dundee factory being announced.
 

trumpet

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American site claims Road 5 GT out in 2019, and michelin recommends fitting PR4 GT for now for VFR1200. Not sure what to believe ..
 

yanto baby

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American site claims Road 5 GT out in 2019, and michelin recommends fitting PR4 GT for now for VFR1200. Not sure what to believe ..
Hi, yeah michelin has always recommended fitment of the gt but i am trying to find someone who has actually done so to establish if it qears better?
 

AlexanderPYE

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Hi all,
Has anybody fitted Road 5's with a Honda rear hugger?

I've heard from dealer about rubbing issues with Road 5's...
 

StuartG

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I've got a Honda rear hugger and Road 5's and have had no problems, there is plenty of clearance between hugger and tyre.
 

avfrlad

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Yes I had to refit my hugger when I switched from PR4 to PR5. The hugger just had to be raised up a few mm which was easy enough with some spaces
 

AlexanderPYE

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Thanks guys,

I've had a look at my current Bridgestones & there is plenty of room between the tyre & hugger but the dealer did say he had issues on another bike with Road 5's.
Looking forward to some new rubber.

Thanks again.
 

trumpet

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Hmm.. The Cross tourer rear hugger will fit the VFR1200F, but at reduced clearance. Wonder if thats the issue ?
 

yanto baby

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As a kind of conclusion to my thread looking at other forums over bikes of similar weight i.e. r1200rt etc the pr4 gt appears to have less cupping or squaring than both the 4 but also the road 5. Unless there is a road 5 gt released in next 2 months i will be going down the pr4 gt route.
 
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