Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Bellevue, WA, USA
Some final early thoughts on the Road 5:
As I noted earlier, I'm very happy with them on my MTS. I did a tour of the Alps in the summer on a S1000XR with relatively fresh Pirelli Scorpion Trail II on it. Solid rain the first day and dry for the remaining 10 days. We pushed hard, no issues at all with the bikes handling (I would gripe about other things). When I got home, I was very unhappy on my MTS, comparitively it felt very sloppy, the front was light and the back was moving around. Replacing its worn out Angel GT with the fresh Road 5 has improved things considerably, however I haven't ridden much in the rain yet.
In comparison, my son seems to be less happy on the ST3R than he was with the PR3 that I took off. Dry performance is good but, he says, he's far less confident of their wet performance having had both the front and rear slip several times, especially when changing lanes on the freeway and on painted lines. He thinks the front also follows lines in the pavement more. Michelin recommends 36PSI in the front for the ST3R which is higher than the Triumph default of 34PSI for its OEM Pirelli Rosso so he's trying that out.
1976 RD400 (Project), 1997 916 Biposto, 2013 Street Triple R, 2014 Multistrada 1200S