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Mar 24th 2018, 08:07 AM   #1
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  Feb 2016
  Bellingham, WA

  Yamaha FZ-07
Anyone Have Road 5's Yet?

I was concidering replacing my Bridgestones with the new Michelin Road 5 and was hoping for some feedback from anyone who has them. I know they just came out so I may end up being the guinea pig. If nobody gives me a good reason not to buy them I will probably get a set in the next couple of weeks.
Mar 24th 2018, 09:57 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
I have been testing them for Michelin via Rider Magazine since I got the pre-release set in October for a 2007 Bandit 1250S. Had plenty of cold weather to test them in but had to wait until January to get wet and above freezing.

They mounted up nice even in the cold and I am very impressed with them. I have never run a set of the PR 3 or 4 but know they come highly praised. These buns make the bike feel lighter and nimble, and it has some torque but I was unable to get them to feel squirmy or break lose with moderate ham-fisting and corner charging in the wet at 40 degrees.

Very impressed and think that the new technology that has filtered down from the Power RS series, which I have been testing on my ZX-10, will make these an excellent tire choice. I plan on putting a set onto my C-14 as soon as the rear BS wears out, even if they don't have the heavier GT rated series available.
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Mar 24th 2018, 10:38 AM   #3
 
  Jan 2016
  Beaverton

  '13 636, '14 N1k, DR650
I always put Pilot Road on my commuter. I got the 5s put on a month or so ago. They work at least as well as the 4s in a downpour, and near freezing temps.
IMO, they have better dry and warm (ish) weather grip than the 4s. A couple weeks ago it got near 70, and they were amazing. Way better than the 4s IMO.

I personally am more interested in longevity. I usually get about 7k on the rear of a PR4. Hoping to get more out of the PR5, but to early to tell yet, only about 1k on them now.

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Mar 24th 2018, 11:27 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, KTM Super Duke GT, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
Here is a review:

Michelin Pilot Road 5 - FZ1OA Message Board
Mar 24th 2018, 02:43 PM   #5
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
I went away fro PR4's because I didn't like the wear pattern on the front. They develop a sort of scalloped shape due to all the transverse siping (cough overkill cough).

I would be willing to try PR5's.

But, honestly, I am really liking the Angel GT's on my C14, although I am not sure about how well they will last (the dreaded flat-spot on the rear that the Connie seems to make almost instantly really fucks up the handling. I can really feel the "shoulder" that develops and I don't like it.)

I don't generally trust tire reviews because almost all new tires feel good initially, after having ridden the old ones. I mostly try to find long-term reviews where a rider/writer has tried a few pairs of the same tire and ridden them throughout their whole life cycle. Tires change as they age, and most of are riding "old" tires every day the same way all of us ride "used" bikes.
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Mar 24th 2018, 02:49 PM   #6
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
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fek. that exploded PR4 is frightening. and I don't see evidence of burnouts or anything. over-inflation? armadillo strike?

Mar 24th 2018, 05:18 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
Or you don't see the railroad spike he ran over just before that. All tire companies have a certain amount of factory defects that make it out. ALways bring on your A game.
Mar 25th 2018, 11:07 AM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, KTM Super Duke GT, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
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fek. that exploded PR4 is frightening. and I don't see evidence of burnouts or anything. over-inflation? armadillo strike?


Man that is one ugly tire! I've gone through several Pilot Roads (from 2 to 4) and I really like them. Sometimes I go with a Pilot Power on the front and that' a really good combination.
Mar 29th 2018, 03:47 AM   #9
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  Mar 2017
  Bremerton, WA

  '16 DRZ400SM, '01 XT225
Iíve got a road 5 on the rear. Havenít gotten a front yet. Iíve been pretty happy with it. Taken it to the edge of the tread on both sides. You can see the difference between the harder center and the softer edge rubber. Havenít put too many miles on it yet, but Iím still getting used to the feedback, amount of grip, and my favorite: the edge of traction for backing it in to corners. So far so good.


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