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Michelin Pilot Road 4

Getting new tires for 2013 Versys 650. Michelin Pilot Road 4 a good choice?

I ride mellow in Florida. Mostly concerned with good traction in rain or on bad roads / debris on corners, etc.

Want a smooth comfortable safe ride.

Might ride on a few dirt roads here or there, but not that concerned with that. Will ride slow and any tire will probably be okay.
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for asphalt the PR4 is probably the best there is IMO

not much you can do about debris in corners. knobs might help but that one is rough.
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The PR 4's are a great choice.

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I'm about to replace the rear PR4 on my bike and I'll be getting another PR4. I love them.
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I've had Michelin tires on several bikes and on my Concours now and they are fantastic. I've used the old Macadam series, the PR2, PR3 and now have the PR4 GT for the Concours.

I also have a set of PR4's waiting patiently to be mounted on the Versys, but the current shoes only have 2k on them. I cannot say that for a street tire I will ever change from Michelin, unless of course they discount them for some unknown reason.

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I haven't had to change out the tires on the V yet, but I run a Michelin Pilot Road 2 on the rear of the FJR (with a Bridgestone T30-GT on the front) and am in love with that tire combo. Considerably less expensive than a full set of PR4's (which are excellent tires).
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love love love mine..and I'm on my second pair...I got 10k miles out of the first set..and that ain't bad...I will be thinking of something a little more off road friendly the third time around..and stop chasing sport bikes and start chasing ADV bikes...

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I've used 2 sets of PR3s back to back on the Versys. I got about 16,000 kms on each set. I'm now near the end-of-life on my PR4s with 13,000 kms. They have all been excellent tires. I can't say that I've seen a difference between the 3s and 4s, so if I can get one cheaper than the other that's what will go on next.

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Adding to the chorus... PR4s are unbeatable... great lifespan, unbeatable in the wet, and stick like glue in the corners... They're pricey, but they add tremendously to confidence, and enjoyment of the ride... isn't that what it's all about?

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+1 on the PR4s.

They stick better on cold or wet pavement. They work fine on warm dry pavement too.

This sounds funny to say but, with these (kinda pricey) tires - I find myself commuting less and doing weekend joy rides more, just to save on tire wear and reduce my exposure to crazy cage drivers.
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PR3's here and love them.

I rode through a very extreme rain storm a while back and was riding through water deeper than my foot pegs with no issues. ... Well no traction issues, there were other issues, like being cold and soaking wet for 45 minutes. haha

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...I will be thinking of something a little more off road friendly the third time around..and stop chasing sport bikes and start chasing ADV bikes...

Currently running the (old-style) Metzler Tourances in 130/80 and 150/70 sizes, but pretty sure my NEXT pair will be Shinko E705s in 120/70 and 150/70 sizes.

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