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Michelin Road 5s...

Anyone running these on a V1K..I have a set that have just over 3000 miles on them now and I do not see them going past 4500...

Full disclosure, I ride my bike like I stole it but I normally get between 5500 and 6k out of a set of tires.....

I've run Roadtec 01's and Metzler M7RRs...I was happy with all of them, ... they all lasted about the same and they all wore very evenly..I had a set of PR4 that wore funny and now the Road 5s are wearing very weird...

I am very happy with the grip both wet and dry,they are the best I have used... but I am severely disappointed with the wear and honestly dont see me buying another set

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I just have a little over 1000 miles on my Road 5's No signs of wear thats not normal.....



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Yeah, mine are not looking too good...I'm running 32/42 as recommended..what pressure are you running?
and these pics were 500 miles ago..Ill get better ones...I have no idea why they are wearing funny...it seems to be a Michelin only thing with my bike.
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here are better pics...total mileage 3240
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Maybe Im expecting too much....but for 350 bucks, Im not at all happy with how these are holding up.

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Yeah, mine are not looking too good...I'm running 32/42 as recommended..what pressure are you running?
and these pics were 500 miles ago..Ill get better ones...I have no idea why they are wearing funny...it seems to be a Michelin only thing with my bike.
The wear you show kinda looks like something you would see on a track tire. I notice it is on the bands of softer rubber on the sides of the tire. Do you ride in extreme heat? Was it track day wear or a really hot road surface? Just curious.

I've always had good experience with Michelin Pilot Roads but it was for regular street riding with minimal hard cornering. From what I have read Pirelli Angel GT's might be a better fit for harder sport riding.
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No track days on these..and it was about 85 degrees this last week which is when 2500 of these miles were put on.
I do corner pretty hard and I was down around NC and Tennessee this past week but I have not seen this wear on other tires I have used.
I do like the way they handle, they stick like glue both wet and dry, so Im not bad mouthing them per say, but Im wondering if maybe the recommended pressures are not right

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Yeah, mine are not looking too good...I'm running 32/42 as recommended..what pressure are you running?
and these pics were 500 miles ago..Ill get better ones...I have no idea why they are wearing funny...it seems to be a Michelin only thing with my bike.


36/42psi. Thats also what i ran on my V-650 and always got about 11,000 miles out of 2 sets of PR3's
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Maybe has something to do with the road surface???? Out here our roads are lined with Snowflakes Delusions & Liberals Tears.....

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I had just about made up my mind made up to try a set of Road 5's, but after seeing those photos I'm leaning towards replacing the stock tires on a 2017 650 LT with Pirelli Rosso 3's. I've had very good luck with the PR1's, PR3's and 2 sets of Rosso 3's on previous bikes. Figure I'll start at 34/38 on new tires and adjust from there depending on the wear pattern and handling.

Anyone ever tried the Rosso 3's on their Gen 3?
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Maybe has something to do with the road surface???? Out here our roads are lined with Snowflakes Delusions & Liberals Tears.....
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I had just about made up my mind made up to try a set of Road 5's, but after seeing those photos I'm leaning towards replacing the stock tires on a 2017 650 LT with Pirelli Rosso 3's. I've had very good luck with the PR1's, PR3's and 2 sets of Rosso 3's on previous bikes. Figure I'll start at 34/38 on new tires and adjust from there depending on the wear pattern and handling.

Anyone ever tried the Rosso 3's on their Gen 3?
My buddy has a set of those on his Ninja 600...they are very sticky and more sport bike based so I would imaging they would do very well in the corners.., but I dont think you will get many miles from them...then again, they can't wear any worse than my Road 5s did....

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Looks like you are riding on the edge of traction and are orange peeling those tires.

I loved the grip of PR4s but I got punctures on two rear tires and no punctures on other brands of tires. I attribute that to the extreme rain grooves on those tires.
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Maybe Im expecting too much....but for 350 bucks, Im not at all happy with how these are holding up.
Iíd be pissed. Thatís ridiculous. Have you tried Dunlop Roadsmart 3ís? Our guys at work have had good luck 10k plus.
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I’d be pissed. That’s ridiculous. Have you tried Dunlop Roadsmart 3’s? Our guys at work have had good luck 10k plus.

I have not tried them ..I've used PR4s, Metzlers M7RRs and a few sets of Roadtec 01s.... out of those, I liked the Roadtec 01s the best but even those only got me about 6k miles...

Lot of rebates going around, Ill have to see who has the best deal cause this is getting expensive..

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I have not tried them ..I've used PR4s, Metzlers M7RRs and a few sets of Roadtec 01s.... out of those, I liked the Roadtec 01s the best but even those only got me about 6k miles...

Lot of rebates going around, Ill have to see who has the best deal cause this is getting expensive..
Try Chaparral out here in CA. You can order on line and they usually have good prices.
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Glad I looked closer at the photos of the Road 5's with 1000 miles on them. Looks like normal wear, whereas the first set of photos looks like they've been ridden hard and heat cycled a few times which I guess is normal. Could be overinflated a bit, could be a quality control issue, or maybe you're just riding hard. ;-)
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Glad I looked closer at the photos of the Road 5's with 1000 miles on them. Looks like normal wear, whereas the first set of photos looks like they've been ridden hard and heat cycled a few times which I guess is normal. Could be overinflated a bit, could be a quality control issue, or maybe you're just riding hard. ;-)

Yeah. dont let me steer you away, you may have a totally different experience..but as far as pressures go, I ran what they said to run on their website..they list 32/42 for the Versys 1000.

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I have not tried them ..I've used PR4s, Metzlers M7RRs and a few sets of Roadtec 01s.... out of those, I liked the Roadtec 01s the best but even those only got me about 6k miles...

Lot of rebates going around, Ill have to see who has the best deal cause this is getting expensive..
I'm VERY happy w/ everything about the Shinko E705s I've been running for years - wet/dry performance, dirt roads, comfort, noise (lack-of), but I don't try to drag a knee, and keep the pressures at 36F, 42R.

Pretty inexpensive (the rear I just replaced had OVER 10K miles!).
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Anyone running these on a V1K..I have a set that have just over 3000 miles on them now and I do not see them going past 4500...

Full disclosure, I ride my bike like I stole it but I normally get between 5500 and 6k out of a set of tires.....

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I am very happy with the grip both wet and dry,they are the best I have used... but I am severely disappointed with the wear and honestly dont see me buying another set

It's that darn old East Coast Rally. Aka tire eating rally.

Eats tires faster than a Nascar race...Lol.
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It's that darn old East Coast Rally. Aka tire eating rally.

Eats tires faster than a Nascar race...Lol.

LOL yup... I was down there but I never did meet up with any of the crew..I think they ride too fast to catch....

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Full disclosure, I ride my bike like I stole it but I normally get between 5500 and 6k out of a set of tires..... I've run Roadtec 01's and Metzler M7RRs...I was happy with all of them, ... they all lasted about the same and they all wore very evenly..I had a set of PR4 that wore funny and now the Road 5s are wearing very weird...
Were you really getting 6k on your M7RR's? On a V1k to boot. I am on the little brother V-650. Please tell me your secret

I really like the M7RR's but typically get 3500 from the rear and about 5000 from the front. But of course I ride pretty hard too. Hard on the sides of the tire but not the center. Don't think the little V could abuse the center with only 60ish HP.

Man if I was on the V1K I am afraid I would burn off the rear skin in a hurry. On a big power bike I cannot keep from twisting hard on the wick. Love to loft the front wheel and drive hard off the corners, not to mention the o'l Jack Rabbit Starts.

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