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    Re: Michelin Pilot Road 4 Gt thread

    This is my third set of tires of my ST and I have to say so far I absolutely love them over the Bridgestone's BT020. I'm not an overly aggressive rider. I would describe the ride as a bit more plush over the BT020. I also feel a bit more confident in the rain and on tight turns as well.

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    Re: Michelin Pilot Road 4 Gt thread

    The day before my Oregon trip, I looked at my rear tire (PR4GT) and thought I still had enough tread on it (thinking I only had about 7,000 miles on it), then I looked at my maintenance book and saw that I had almost 10,000 miles on it, but it still looked like it would make the trip.

    Saturday night I took off and made a stop off I5 (200 miles), near Buttonwillow. I had to ride over some dirt and when I looked at the rear tire again, I could see that it was getting down to the point that I felt I needed to change it out during the trip! I called my son, Justin (in Beverton), and had him order me a tire. We changed it out after a 250 mile ride out to ST Helen's. It had over 11,000 miles by the time we replaced it!
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    Re: Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT

    I just removed a pair of PR4 GT tires from my ST1300 and replaced them with Bridgestone T30 GT EVOs. The rear was into the wear bars and the front was less than 1 mm to the wear bars. It was also badly cupped at the edge of the dual compounds and really howled when the bike was leaned over into a curve.

    I got 15.4 k mi. out of the front and 10.5 k mi. out of the rear, primarily solo, but with a 2400 mi. ride two-up last summer. I really like the Michelins and have installed six rears and four fronts of various PR2, PR3 and PR4 GT models over the past six years. I'm trying the T30s because they were about $130 less for the pair from FortNine.ca.

    On the installation, compared to previous Michelins the T30 rear was a bear to mount. I thought we'd never get that last 30% of the tire on over the rim. This may be a deal breaker when the T30 wears out.
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    Re: Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT

    All Bridgestone tires are a pain in the to mount.
    Next time try a set of Pirelli Angel GT's if you haven't already. They also cost less that the PR4's, and are really nice tires.
    Last edited by Igofar; 07-17-2017 at 09:15 AM.

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    Re: Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT

    I may take a look at the Pirellis when the T30s wear out, but the price difference for a pair isn't as great as the T30 GTs.
    PR4 GT - Angel GT = $41
    PR4 GT - T30 GT = $143
    Angel GT - T30 GT = $103

    But as a said, the mounting effort for the T30s may be a deal breaker when it comes time to replace them.

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    Anyone have any experience with how long the tires will last from just about on the wear bars? I didn't realize how far gone my back tire was and i'm supposed to leave in the morning on a weekend ride. Should be around 700 miles or so. Safe to do the trip? weather looks good. or should I take the truck and order new tires next week?

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    Re: Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT

    Hard to say without seeing the actual tire. I've observed the Michelin PR4 GT tend to 'go away' quickly after reaching the wear bars.
    In the future, have a tire ready to go when current tire nears end of life.
    Jim

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    I replace my tires when they first "touch" the wear bars (cheaper than my hospital co-pay).
    Once the tires hit the wear bars, I've seen them go to chord within 200-300 miles. Your call.
    If you want to know for future reference, when you get your new tire ordered, take a box cutter and slice down the center of the tire, I think you'll be surprised at how little tire you really had left.
    Folks always tell me "I think I have at least a thousand miles left", then I slice them, then they thank me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Igofar View Post
    I replace my tires when they first "touch" the wear bars (cheaper than my hospital co-pay).
    Once the tires hit the wear bars, I've seen them go to chord within 200-300 miles. Your call.
    If you want to know for future reference, when you get your new tire ordered, take a box cutter and slice down the center of the tire, I think you'll be surprised at how little tire you really had left.
    Folks always tell me "I think I have at least a thousand miles left", then I slice them, then they thank me
    Yeah i have decided not to chance it im taking the truck its not even nice motorcycle roads, it's slab both ways!

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    Re: Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT

    My PR4GT wasn't quite to the wear bars, but I just replaced it so I don't have to worry with the trip to WeSTOC coming up. It's pretty easy to put on 2000-2500 miles just on one trip. I never seem to hit wear bars anymore - most of my riding is associated with some travel.

    BTW, my wife insists on Michelin. Otherwise I probably would have ended up with a T30 EVO GT this time around - about a $75 switch with the Bridgestone rebate going on right now.
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