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Giving the Michelin Road 5 tires a go, install is scheduled. I'm not getting the GT version of this tire as never going to have a pillion and not going to load this down. That said I do weight about 235 lbs. Should be fine, no? 2012 MTS Sport Touring, no luggage, aftermarket (light) exhaust, plus pillion foot pegs and rear mud guard removed.

Edit: Just remembered I was told the GT version is "new" so maybe nobody has had time with them

Edit #2: Previous Owner installed Dunlop Q3 Plus and they are fabulous but I'm worried about wet and rough roads, plus they are near bald :)
 

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I’m a little lighter than you but have all the factory luggage plus whatever I’ve jammed in it. The “regular” PR5s have been totally fine for me. So far about 2000 miles on them. They’re great tires; I’m super pleased.
 

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The Road 5 GT is indeed very new, they were not available when I replaced my OE tires with the Road 5 in July. IIRC the GT was designed for bikes like the FJR1300/Concours, both of which are well over 600lbs unloaded.

As for the Road 5, as I've come to expect they are better in every way than the Pirelli OE tires, at least for the type of riding I do. Michelin tires just seem to transition into corners in a more linear and predictable fashion, not to mention lasting a lot longer. I'm right around your weight, and don't have any issues with squirming or heavy wear on the Road 5s. I will skip the GTs next time, the normal Road 5 is a good fit for this bike.
 

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The Road 5 GT is indeed very new, they were not available when I replaced my OE tires with the Road 5 in July. IIRC the GT was designed for bikes like the FJR1300/Concours, both of which are well over 600lbs unloaded.

As for the Road 5, as I've come to expect they are better in every way than the Pirelli OE tires, at least for the type of riding I do. Michelin tires just seem to transition into corners in a more linear and predictable fashion, not to mention lasting a lot longer. I'm right around your weight, and don't have any issues with squirming or heavy wear on the Road 5s. I will skip the GTs next time, the normal Road 5 is a good fit for this bike.
One of the DL1000's I owned had Anakee III and they were fantastic, so I trust the brand. I'm sure I never pushed the limit of the Dunlop Smartmax Q3 the previous owner installed but I might have in the back of my mind for a while that I should not push as hard with R5's as I'm no longer on tires suited for track days.
 

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I can report the Michelin Road 5’s are working well for me. Better than my well worn out Q3+, for sure. :). Only thing surprising was the ABS on front brake engaged a number of times today and that the first time I can remember that happening, even at relatively low speed, which was quite an interesting feeling through the brake lever!
 

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I've permanently switched to Road 5's for general use... they lasted the entire riding season (I used to go through 2 full sets of Angel GT's per year) and still have some life left in them (>10000 mile life front and rear vs. 4k and 5500 AGT). And where the Pilot Road 4's also had great durability, I really didn't like the squrminess of PR4's in the corners (including the tendency to hop out on me), the Road 5's don't do any of that and feel as planted as AGT's. I have not tried the GT version, maybe if I was going to do another around the country tour with a lot of gear I might.
 

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The Road5's are near slicks on the edges. Check this out: https://www.ducati.ms/threads/michelin-road-5-feedback.706946/
I know I'm not on a Multi but here is my experience with the new 5s.
That has not worked out for me with the 5s. Riding fast single or 2 up and not making it to the edge of the tire all the time in corners has resulted in excessive wear near the edge resulting in a ridge on the tire. this has happened on 2 sets, one on my ST4s and ZX11. The 2nd set on my ZX11 are wearing better because of running 39 front and 40 rear from 36 front and 38 rear on 1st set. Have just over 6,000 and expect 7K .
The ST at 36 front and 39 rear have worn out in 4000 miles with a cord exposed 1/2 inch from edge of rear tire. 3/4 of those miles were 2 up.
Never had this problem with the 4s.
Switching to the new Angel GT II (non A spec) on ST4s and will be trying the new Bridgestone T31 on the ZX 11.
The Michelins are excellent rain tires but it seems they're trying to get more of the sportbike market too with this other outer compound and it just isnt a match for me with these 2 bikes. But they could be a good match on my Tuono Factory.
 

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not making it to the edge of the tire all the time in corners has resulted in excessive wear near the edge resulting in a ridge on the tire.
If you are at your max lean and getting good grip, what's the issue. So the tire still has rubber at the very edge, why is that a negative?
Care to share a pic of this? I've heard a few show concern for not being able to get all the "chicken strip" off these tires. To me, having rubber there in reserve is a positive. And if you are riding that aggressively on the street, IMO = recipe for disaster. Maybe a track day or two to tame the ride on public roads? I know it helped(s) me a bit.

I had a customer at the bike shop give me a Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa rear tire, so they (just bought a matching front) will be put on for next spring. I'd imagine the Multi will eat up the rear pretty quick. Should be stellar in the turns.
 

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I ordered the new 5s based on feedback of a member here as well as liking the last 3k I got from them when I purchased the bike. Not sure how many miles they went in totality as the were used, but I commute on it year round and have some nice curvy roads or I-state, so need a do everything kind of tire. We will see how they last.
 

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If you are at your max lean and getting good grip, what's the issue. So the tire still has rubber at the very edge, why is that a negative?
Care to share a pic of this? I've heard a few show concern for not being able to get all the "chicken strip" off these tires. To me, having rubber there in reserve is a positive. And if you are riding that aggressively on the street, IMO = recipe for disaster. Maybe a track day or two to tame the ride on public roads? I know it helped(s) me a bit.

I had a customer at the bike shop give me a Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa rear tire, so they (just bought a matching front) will be put on for next spring. I'd imagine the Multi will eat up the rear pretty quick. Should be stellar in the turns.
Will post a pic and explanation Monday, out of town right now. Have a good one.
 

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Here is a pic with 4000 at 40 psi 2 up on my ST4s. This is the ridge from the excessive wear which of course feels squirrelly when you lean over onto it. Not having this problem on the 2nd set on ZX11.
 

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Got my first set after my stockers wore out (kinda) at around 6-7kms and just changed out the rear for another at 18 kms. Good performance in wet and dry conditions. No regrets!
 

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Here was my rear with something around 9000 miles on it (most of those miles commute). Getting close to needing to be changed out, but less of a flat than usual for commuting and cornering rubber is not too uneven (more wear at small lean angles but not a huge flat anywhere). I attributed it to better compound variation on the Michelins because I generally had a pretty good flat at the center of the tire and at about 40-45 degrees on the AGT's by 4000 miles.

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