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Aug 1st 2020, 09:59 AM   #1
 Mikeames's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Blaine, WA

  2012 Yamaha FJR1300
Pilot Road 4 GT vs PR5GT of FJR

Iíve been very happy with the tire wear and overall characteristics of the Michelin Pilot Road 4 GTís currently mounted to my FJR1300. They wear much better than the several sets on Pirelli Angel GT A-specs I previously ran.
Getting ready to purchase a new set of tires and Iím wondering whether to go with the PR5GTís or stick with the PR4GTís?
Can anyone that has had experience with both, tell me if they felt like the PR5GTís are better or worse than the PR4GTís? Iím mainly interesting in experiences from larger, heavier bikes such as FJR1300 or Concours 14, ridden aggressively.
Not real concerned with the price, mainly wondering if the PR5GTís are truly a step forward when it comes to tread life and overall performance.
Thanks all!
Aug 1st 2020, 02:22 PM   #2
 WarpShatner7's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  NW Oregon

  R1200ST, CB350
I think they're just calling it the Road 5. I've only changed the front, the back is still a 4. FWIW I prefer the 5 in front quite a bit, they've moved the sipes away from the edges and they haven't scalloped over time like the 4 did. It feels very different when you're throwing it around: less resistance on low speed handling and much more willingness to turn in at all speeds. That may or may not be a good thing on your bike, for me it's an improvement.

This is on the R1200ST, a sport tourer which is mechanically the same as the RT, just less kitted out; about 520lbs wet.
Aug 1st 2020, 11:22 PM   #3
 Mikeames's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Blaine, WA

  2012 Yamaha FJR1300
Wrapshatner7. Interesting that you had cupping issues with the PR4GT. I often had the same with the AngelGTís on my FJR, but have yet to have it happen with the PR4GT. What psi are you running? I run 42.
The FJR is about 100 pounds heavier, and I am a really big guy too, so thereís some significant differences there too.
Aug 2nd 2020, 08:29 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Lebanon, OR

  2014 Interceptor
Switching from the PR4 (not GT) to the PR5 on my VFR800 the only major difference I noticed was that the PR4 can lean further in the wet before it wiggles. The PR5 front seemed to wear out quicker than the PR4. But this is on a 500lbs VFR, not an FJR.

I'm trying out the Roadsmart 3 next.
Aug 2nd 2020, 02:41 PM   #5
 
  Jan 2016
  Eagle, Idaho

  '19 Goldwing DCT
Michelin tires

I had several sets of the 4s on my FJRs then a couple of sets of the 5s. Honestly I really couldn't tell much difference between the two. Both were superb and I'm disappointed they don't make a tire for my current bike.
Aug 2nd 2020, 06:16 PM   #6
 WarpShatner7's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  NW Oregon

  R1200ST, CB350
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mikeames
What psi are you running? I run 42.
Yeah, now that you mention it I was running the lower pressure recommended by BMW rather than the pressure recommended by Michelin. When I upped it -- still on the PR4s -- the handling improved noticeably. That might account for the cupping. But there was still another, marked change in handling when I went to the Road 5 in front. I like it a lot.
Aug 3rd 2020, 05:55 PM   #7
 Mikeames's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Blaine, WA

  2012 Yamaha FJR1300
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Originally Posted by its just rain
I had several sets of the 4s on my FJRs then a couple of sets of the 5s. Honestly I really couldn't tell much difference between the two. Both were superb and I'm disappointed they don't make a tire for my current bike.
Awesome! Thanks for the feedback!
Aug 3rd 2020, 05:56 PM   #8
 Mikeames's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Blaine, WA

  2012 Yamaha FJR1300
Quote:
Originally Posted by WarpShatner7
Yeah, now that you mention it I was running the lower pressure recommended by BMW rather than the pressure recommended by Michelin. When I upped it -- still on the PR4s -- the handling improved noticeably. That might account for the cupping. But there was still another, marked change in handling when I went to the Road 5 in front. I like it a lot.
Ok, thanks!
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