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I am curious to hear the feedback after 4K miles of aggressive riding. Historically for me, Michelins start moving around a lot after about 3500-4K miles, especially in the rear at 4K, and I'm usually out of tread by 5500-6000 if I can stand it that long. I ran Dunlop Roadsmart III's last time and was extremely happy with the feel right to the end. I got 5600 out of that set and probably could have squeezed out a few hundred more if it wasn't for an 1100 mile trip around SoCal the weekend before last. I've got another set of Roadsmart III's to mount for the June run up to NorCal for the West Coast Ducati Meet...
 

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I am curious to hear the feedback after 4K miles of aggressive riding. Historically for me, Michelins start moving around a lot after about 3500-4K miles, especially in the rear at 4K, and I'm usually out of tread by 5500-6000 if I can stand it that long. I ran Dunlop Roadsmart III's last time and was extremely happy with the feel right to the end. I got 5600 out of that set and probably could have squeezed out a few hundred more if it wasn't for an 1100 mile trip around SoCal the weekend before last. I've got another set of Roadsmart III's to mount for the June run up to NorCal for the West Coast Ducati Meet...
I think that's what I'm getting for my next set too...
 

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The pr5 seems to be a stable transitioning tire with good feedback and excellent feel for the multi but it is a slower turning tire

I'll always have about a half inch of chicken strips on these tires unless I take the bike to the track. For that reason and for my own ego and the fact that I dont see any other advantage, I'm not a fan. I wont be buying these again. So the tires are fine but why should I buy tires that make me look bad?
So let me get this straight. You won't buy them again because they'll leave a 1/2 "chicken strip", and that makes you look bad? In who's eye's? And is your priority what other motorcyclists think when they see that 1/2 "chicken strip"?

The way I see it, that gives you a little in reserve in case you need it. If you're running to the edge, what happens when you need a bit more lean in an unfamiliar decreasing radius turn?
 

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Michelin 5 update

Put about 3,500 miles on a set of the new 5s so far. Rode from Nashville to Santa Rosa ,Fl over the weekend and ran into some heavy rain for about an hour. Tires were great no problems. Running 36 lbs front and rear. No passanger very little weight in luggage.
 

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Mounted the Road 5's up on Wednesday and have a little over 500 miles on them so far. First couple turns made me remember why I choose Michelin on all my motorcycles, I just love the profile and feel of Michelin. Pushed them a bit yesterday and they are as I expected, very predictable and stable. Interested to see the mileage I will get out of them.
 

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Amazing grip when leaned over, a smooth and quiet ride. I like them much more than PR4s.

Not a big issue but the front tire gets skittish on grooved pavement. Keeps you awake!
 

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Ok, I don't own a Multi. I know there can be differences from bike to bike and how the tires may or not be suitable for a certain application. I have ridden enough different tires on different bikes to have learned to know what the tire is adding to the experience and what part of that is applicable to the bike.

I wish to tell you about my opinion of the PR5 now. This is after years of hating the PR series of tires and dissing them whenever I could.

I think the PR5's are a no shit really good tire. That's my official proclamation. :)

At the ECM I tried them for the first time on my "little" bike. I had just taken off a set of Dunlop Q3's that were still new. I only changed them because I was expecting a lot of rain. It didn't rain. I put them on and never rode the bike until arriving at the Dragon. Honestly, after a couple laps on the Dragon I was pushing them as hard as any tire I've ever ridden and they did no wrong. After a couple of days the speeds increased and I still could not find anything to fault other than a little lack of feed back and a couple of times I did get the front wheel to chatter. (edit: Chuckracer did help me understand I needed more rebound damping which was probably the cause.) That was the first time on the street I ever experienced that. But they were not holding me back. That a nice way of saying I couldn't over ride them.

The only real negative I felt was when we got on faster roads. When the apex speeds went from 30 to 40 mph to 70 or 80 mph it wasn't so pretty. The tires felt nervous and squirmy turning in. This really didn't surprise me because mounting them it was very noticeable that the casing was very soft. As it should be for a sport touring tire. A little bit of sacrifice to make a sticky tire also comfortable for what most people with be using the tire for.

Again, not on a 500 lb bike with 150 hp but I think I got a good idea of what this tire is capable of from a performance point of view.

YMMV. :)
 

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I think the PR5's are a no shit really good tire. That's my official proclamation. :)
I'm quoting that stuff so you can't edit it later and deny ever saying it!

I just spooned on a set to the SDGT. My upcoming trip will put them through their paces.
 

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I'm quoting that stuff so you can't edit it later and deny ever saying it!

I just spooned on a set to the SDGT. My upcoming trip will put them through their paces.
Will be good to get some feed back from you t-bills on the PR5s on your GT, I've been running Metzler roadtecs O1s, very good tire, but I'm thinking of something a little more sticky for the GT, may be S21s , ill put the PR5s on my Multi next set.
 

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I'm thinking of something a little more sticky for the GT, may be S21s ,
I normally run AGT A spec and get 2,000 miles to the wear bars (on the edges)

I currently have the S21s installed, the rear wears much faster than front ( halfway worn out at 750 miles). Riding in the rain leaned over the AGTs are better.

High speed corners the S21s are outstanding, currently my favorite tire.
YMMV
 

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I normally run AGT A spec and get 2,000 miles to the wear bars (on the edges)

I currently have the S21s installed, the rear wears much faster than front ( halfway worn out at 750 miles). Riding in the rain leaned over the AGTs are better.

High speed corners the S21s are outstanding, currently my favorite tire.
YMMV
Half worn at 750 miles, ouch thats poor milage, 1500 miles= aprox 2500Kms, i have a mate that got 6000Kms out of a set of S21s, on a Tuono V2, he rides hard, but runs hire pressures 35F 38R to make them last, id be happy with anything over 5000kms, the origonat AGTs i got 5500 out of the 2 sets i ran, i the switched to M7RRs, very nice but only 3500Kms, now on my second set of roadtecs, 6800 on the first set, second set have done 6000Kms and still plenty of tread left (just did a 5000km fast tour on then) The PR5s are sounding better all the time for the 1290 swell as the multi.
 

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I just returned from a 1400 mile weekend on these tires and I love them. They stick well in the corners and the middle seems to wear nicely too. There is a definite demarcation between the two compounds.

I have worn them from edge to edge and have been very pleased. We rode from north Dallas area all the way up to just south of Springfield, MO on some of the most blissful pavement within 8 hrs of me. We were taking 30-35 mph turns at at least double and never an issue. Felt very planted. I run a 190/50 on the back and the typical 120/70 up front. Mt budy on his Versys 1000 was running a 180/55 on the back and the same 120/70 up front. He would echo my story. On our way home we had about an hour of rain on the interstate and never an issue.
 

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There is a definite demarcation between the two compounds.

Are you seeing that in about the same area as this. I was wondering if the difference in scruffiness was because of the compound change.





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Are you seeing that in about the same area as this. I was wondering if the difference in scruffiness was because of the compound change.





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Pretty pronounced difference between the high silicon center and carbon black shoulders. I’ve got almost 2200 miles on mine and couldn’t be happier with a sport touring tire. I’ve got a write up on the Sport Touring forum FWIW.

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Feel free to copy/past it here. I am on enough forums, no plans/time to join another.
Same forum. Check out the Sports Touring section in Ducati.MS.

Scott L.
Links for the lazy:

Initial post: http://www.ducati.ms/forums/40-sport-touring/698361-michelin-road-5-a-2.html#post6778450

Clarification of initial post: http://www.ducati.ms/forums/40-sport-touring/698361-michelin-road-5-a-2.html#post6778642

Follow-up after 2163 miles: http://www.ducati.ms/forums/40-sport-touring/698361-michelin-road-5-a-3.html#post6874618
 

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I'm definitely not lazy... :x
After reading that post I realize it's content here wouldn't be as beneficial due to the difference in bikes.
 
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