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Hey this is Reuben with Competition Accessories welcome to our review of the Michelin Pilot Power 3 tires. This is a brand new tire from Michelin in January 2013 and we are just getting our first look at these. If you are familiar with the Michelin line-up then you probably noticed that the Michelin Pilot Power Pure is no longer available and it has been replaced with the Pilot Power 3's. There are some new terms and technologies that go into the production of the Pilot Power 3's. Now a lot of this is going to be comparing it to the Michelin Pilot Power 2CT which is going to be one of the most popular sport bike tires that Michelin has produced or any manufacturer has made. What the 2CT's brought to the table is the dual compound technology, they have different compounds of rubber on the tire it selves. These take it to a whole another level, now the front is going to be still very similar in that It has a firmer rubber in the center and a softer rubber on the shoulders. What that allows them to do is give you a tire that is not going to wear down the center quite as quickly, gives you better straight line stability at high speeds and give you better traction in the turns. Now that is all still true and stays true for the front in the Pilot Power 3 and their rear however gets what they call 2CT plus technology. So it is going to be the similar concept with the firmer rubber in the center and the softer rubber on the shoulders. What they have done now is they have actually taken that center rubber that's a firmer compound and they have extended that underneath all the way down in the shoulders and the softer compound is laid up on the top of the harder rubber. First question I had was well if you wear that tire out are you going to ever reach that firmer rubber and that was not the intent for the design behind that. The intent design was to give you a stiffer carcass in this area. Michelin's have been known to be fairly soft tires and they are very tire pressure sensitive. One thing that can happen with a tire with a very soft carcass especially when you are really pushing hard and cranking on it over in a turn getting on the throttle you start getting tread distortion and the tire is going to start warping on you and you start to feel the tire slide out on you. This tire is going to have a little bit more stability both in a straight line and the corner high speed sweepers no problem corner exit no problem you are going to have a tire that can hold up to that amount of stress. Its going to give you that really nice soft rubber but also have the harder carcass. If you were looking on a scale 1 to 4 on rubber hardness then the softest rubber is going to be on the shoulders on the front tire. Number one is the shoulders of the front tire and number two is on the shoulders of the rear tire, number three is actually the center of the front tire and then the hardest rubber of them all is in the center of the rear tire. Another comparison that has been made between the 2CTs and the Pilot Power 3s is some lap time testing by Michelin. The Pilot Power 3 put down 4.5 seconds faster lap times in wet weather conditions and 4 seconds in dry conditions better than the respectable Pilot Power 2CT's. We are actually going to put these on a bike and get some real world footage of how they perform so if you want to check that out we will have a separate video available. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel by clicking the link in the upper right hand corner, we have great free shipping deals, no restocking fees, and an easy exchange program. You can also earn up to 5% comp a cash backl to use towards future purchases with us. Thanks for watching and we will see you next time.
Hey guys this is Reuben with Competition Accessories and welcome to our real world review of the Michelin Pilot Power 3 tires. Now my good friends Sean and Danielle which are actually a husband and wife riding team here, couples that ride together stay together right guys? Cool so its awesome to have them out here, they both have the new Pilot Power 3s on their bikes and we have Sean here who is an advanced level very experienced track rider in all types of riding. Then Danielle who obviously has the female point of view here and this is actually her very first track day so we are really stoked for her to be out here on her first track day. They both are on the brand new Pilot Power 3 tires which are replacing the Pilot Power Pure which happened to be you guys favorite tire. You guys ran those tires for years and I remembered you crying when they first announced they were going away. I balled like a baby and Reuben was kind enough to let us know that these were going to be new on the market so we figured why not we had good success with the pures that we would try these out. So far we are sitting right in the neighborhood of about 2500 miles on them and I still love them. So run me down it from the beginning from when you threw them on after the Pures and you initial impression on them. We were fortunate we swapped them out and it was still cold weather. We out them on and probably two days with having them on I had a little break from work and had an opportunity to take them out and we have a little shake down road not to terribly far from where we live. We threw them on the bikes, Danielle took the lead and she never scrubbed in her own set of tires so we get going down there and she turns around on the seat saying she loves them and I am thinking to myself oh my god woman they are cold there not scrubbed in yet and im like you need to chill out, relax, and 2 miles later she is gone and I am struggling trying to keep up with her. They warm up super quick, they were fantastic in the rain because the day we chose to scrub them in it was raining. Just fantastic right out the box and I don't think I have ever had a tire that did that. Confidence is such big thing in what we do and if you feel uncomfortable with your tires then your not going to have fun. So getting a good tire under you that you can trust is a big part of having a good time on your motorcycle. Danielle what about you coming from I know you have had a few different type of tires what was your first impression of these tires. My first impression of these was that they broke in real fast they heated up real fast like my husband said I have never fully broken in a set of tires on my own. I have always had someone else scrub them in and with these tires there is no break in time at all. They were sticky they were warm they were ready to go. It was about 50 degrees so it was cold that morning so having a tire that heated up that fast that quickly in those weather conditions was awesome. It is a very sticky reliable tire so that is great and it also is predictable. Well we have a full detailed review of the tires that cover all the specs and the different types of rubber that goes into the construction of the tire. The real interesting feature of the tires is the 2CT dual compound technology that they have used in the back tire. Which takes that center firm compound and extends down underneath the shoulders of the tire to give the tire better cornering stability and less flex when you are under a load and you know these 1000s are putting some serious stress on these tires. So Sean you are throwing some pretty hot laps here in the advanced group tell us a little bit about the tire. The biggest thing I have noticed by the 2nd session around the 4th lap they are getting a little soft but they are still super sticky they still are very reliable but they are starting to slip just a little bit. That can be expected though I mean it is 80 degrees out here the humidity is 80% and under load on full acceleration she does kind of skip just a little bit but if your expecting that and ready for that then again it is predictable. When these tires first came out we were thinking they were more of a 50/50 tire Michelin since came out and said that it is an 85% street tire and 15% track tire. It is a high performance street tire that you can take to the track so it is perfect for you guys wanting a tire that is great for around town use and hitting the twisties on the weekends. You can still take it to a track day and still have a good time on it. It is not a full dedicated track tire even though Michelin does make some great ones of those but for the all around sport rider that's looking for good high performance tires that does well on the street or on the track then the Pilot Road 3 is a great option. It is a very good tire overall for the what you are looking for in the street riding mostly and the occasional track days. One of the things that was a concern when it first came out was we noticed that it started to get a line in the carcass where the softer compound rubber would meet the harder rubber. After the first run today that line disappeared. You out the tire on the bike and your oh my god what is that line and it is where the transition for the rubber is and it will go away. Now about the profile of the tire the Pilot Power 2CT's are very aggressive and have a steep drop off and the bike just falls right in, these are more round and you throw it into a corner and it is just a very smooth transition. I actually did a write up about these tires on YouTube discussing the ridge and how you can feel it with your fingers but not actually while your riding with the tires. Its a very smooth and the contact patch is great. There is no uneven wear between commuting and track days. Last thing I want to mention is you said you had these tires in wet weather and how did they do? One of the reasons we switched to the pures is because Danielle was having some confidence issues when the tires got wet we went to pures and they were fantastic and she got over her fear. We went to these and we have been caught in the rain 3 times on major trips and it hasnt slowed her down one bit. The confidence on them the sipes, how it channels the water its a fantastic tire. Those are some pretty convincing reviews if I could say so. I havent personally ran the tires on my bike but you guys are making it sound pretty attractive. Don't forget you can earn up to 5% comp a cash back to use towards future purchases with us, no restocking fees, easy exchange programs, and great free shipping deals. Thanks for watching and we will see you next time.
Information and Details about the Michelin Pilot Power 3 Motorcycle Tires - Rear
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Michelin Pilot Power 3 is a Hypersport, Sportbike tire that is engineered for the street, yet has no problem running laps at the track. The Pilot Power 3 front tire has 2CT technology, while the rear has 2CT-Plus technology which enhances tread rigidity and cornering stability, even in wet conditions. With 2CT-Plus construction, the harder compound of the Pilot Power 3 is extended under the softer shoulders to boost cornering stability, especially when accelerating out of turns.

Michelin's new rubber compounds in the Michelin Power 3 Motorcycle Tire provides improved grip on dry and wet roads, and gives the tire 20% more tread life than the Michelin Pilot Power 2CT tires. If you are a rider that wants a performance sport tire for everyday street driving that can also hold up to weekends at the track, then the Pilot Power 3 is a great choice.

Enhanced Riding Performance:
  • 2CT+ dual compound on rear tire enhances tread rigidity and cornering stability; Extends harder compound underneath the softer shoulder compound for added cornering stability especially when accelerating out of turns
  • Casing profile optimized for excellent feedback and handling

    Confidence in Wet and Dry Conditions:
  • All-new compounds for maximum wet grip: more than 4.5 seconds per lap faster on a wet track than MICHELIN® Pilot® Power 2CT tires
  • Semi slick tread design maximizes contact patch for excellent dry grip: more than 4 seconds faster on a dry track than MICHELIN® Pilot Power 2CT tires

    Excellent Longevity:
  • 20% more tread life vs. MICHELIN® Pilot® Power 2CT tires

  • Michelin Pilot Power 3 Motorcycle Tires - Rear Product Reviews
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    Great sport tire - Spikethebike   OR Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Sticky in the corners, long wearing in the middle
    Cons: Easy to spin straight up in the wet

    I have these tires on my Bimota DB5R and I love the secure sure footedness in cornering. My bike is very stable and planed in the corners and these tires really let me exploit the bikes capabilities on the open road. Tires with this sort of stick have traditionally worn out pretty quickly, however I had passed 6k miles on my rear when I replaced it, and I did then only because I had a long ride ahead of me and my overly cautious friend talked me into replacing it Using the zip tie method of tire changing made swapping the hoops a doddle, and seating the bead was a piece of cake This is a great tire, 3 thumbs up

    perfect tire for everydaysport use - Strong Tuning   SC Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Aggressive, Long lasting, Smooth
    Cons: A little sluggish at 1st wear bar but that's typical

    2000 Kaw ZX-11 Ninja put about 7K miles on the rear tire in about 14 months. Still have the front tire on and expect another 2K out of it. I ride semi-aggressive 18 chicken strips but not quite an elbow dragger. I used to be a die hard Dunlop Roadsmart guy but not anymore These Pilot Power 3's made my 500lb Ninja feel 100lbs lighter. Riding back and forth to work during the week, the firmer center helps with overall mileage. Purchasing the set from Competition Accessories saved me some cash, too, with free shipping to boot Fast delivery This is my SECOND set from them and I see myself buying them next year, too. Smoother is faster.

    Michelin Pilot Power 3 - Randall   CA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Grips reall good and smooth on the road
    Cons: NA

    Really big step from touring tires to sport, grips real nice and gives you confidence on the road. Smooth and quiet

    Work fine and last a long time. - ppruitt1   WA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Good feel. Low price. Stick fromthe get go.
    Cons: Could probably soften up the middle of the tire.

    My second set of the PP3s. Got about 8,000 miles off of the first set and that was with center tread still left. I love the twisties but I am not an aggressive rider. That being said, this is the first tire I've ever had to replace on a daily commuter because of edge wear. I think Michelin could soften up the center a little bit but that is me just being picky. Love these tires

    The Benchmark - Big O   AZ Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: good handling, good adhesion
    Cons: Good price at CompAcc, but not cheap

    I mounted Pilot Power 3 16060-ZR17 on my 2002 Suzuki SV650. I only replaced the rear tire as the Michelin Pilot Power 2 on the front had plenty of life left. I loved the PP2s on the bike and read that the PP3s improved tread life and wet weather performance, so I tried it. Rode on some wet roads this past week with no problems. Too soon to tell on the better mileage, but the tire handles great and sticks well in the corners. I still have a small chicken strip left as I write this, but am confident in the tire and expect it to disappear on my next romp up Mt. Lemmon. The PP3 on the rear seems well matched to the PP2 on the front.

    Sticky, grippy, great handling - Greg   NY Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Sticky, Heats up quick, Improved handling, Improved my confidence
    Cons: None yet

    The OEM tire on my Buell XB was a Pirelli Diablo Rosso. That was the only previous tire I had experience with. The first time I swapped my rear tire, I used the OEM Pirelli. When purchased new, the Pirelli tire had a weird layer of sheen on it, and on my first ride out the back tire slipped and I had my first low side fall. Even once the Pirelli was broken in, it was hard, would take a long time to heat up, and did not inspire much confidence from me. Every time I turned sharply, I would clench my butt and become hyper focused to make sure I didn't low side again, even months after the tire was broken in. After a long ride, touching the Pirelli compound, it was be lukewarm at best and stiff. Initially, I had installed the Michelin on the front, and noticed an improvement in tracking immediately. I knew I had to get a rear ASAP, and after a screw lodged itself in my other tire, I went straight for the Pilot Power 3. The Michelin Pilot Power 3, when installed brand new, did NOT have a plastic sheen, nor was the compound stiff, instead the rubber was sticky, supple, and grippy from day 1. The tire heats up very quick, and becomes very grippy, inspiring confidence, and carves up the road while I flick the bike from left to right. The Michelin has helped me regain confidence when turning and leaning the motorcycle. Every time I get off the bike, I place my hand on the rear tire and feel the warmth retained by the compound and it gives me reassurance. As a rider that has experience with 2 brands of tire I can say that Michelin Pilot Power Pirelli Diablo Rosso. Barring any sudden defect, which after 1 month of daily riding I see none, Michelin is my new default tire, they have earned a customer for life. 55, 2 thumbs up.

    Best road tire so far. - Tony   FL Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: I'm
    Cons: [None]

    So for it's the best tire I have ridden on. I feel safer and more in control of my cbr1000rr. The tire grips the road like no other even when it rains.

    great tire - brady   TX Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: [None]
    Cons: [None]

    great for twisties, a little softer than the power 1, great tire

    Longevitiy vs. Grip - Tronz   CA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Great grip, affordable, and
    Cons: There are none. .

    I have put 2500 hard twisty miles on them so far and they are just beginning to show signs of wear. They have plenty of grip for a streetlocal twisty therapy runs. Predictable, and well built. They are priced right. You'd be hard pressed to find better grip and longevitiy for a better price. Buy them best bang for your buck hands down Tronz.

    excellent - scott   MA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: longer tire life
    Cons: not as sticky as a pilot power

    Definitely an improvement over the pilot power, took about 300 miles for me to it to get broken in, but so far I'm really impressed

    glen -   OH Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: great tire
    Cons: [None]

    You can get super low on the turns and picks up great in the staight away...

    aweosome tires for small - awesome tires   MA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: fast smoth and reliable
    Cons: no cons

    warm up fast, good grip on low and high speeds and heavy accelerations, good grip on rain, good cornering, nice driving feeling, bike is easy to handle

    power 3 - towmandj   TN Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: heat up quick good feedback
    Cons: none yet

    good grip, heat up very fast, good feedback, too early to tell about mileage yet or how the tire will do after several heat cycles. I will buy the same tires next time

    Great tires - Irishduc   CA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Grip, warm up, feedback
    Cons: Looks, longevity

    Been riding with them for 500 miles. Grip is great even right from the get go. Full lean has a lot of feedback and grips well when feeding the throttle at lean. Braking and turning inspires confidence. Haven't taken them to the track, all street on a stock Ducati 848 evo. Got a screw on the edge of the tread on the first 60 miles...plugged it and the tire still has missed a beat. They don't look as good as the Pure's, in my opionion, and the rear seems to have worn kind of quick center tread but that could be due to hard launches from lights. I would get these again. For the street, I like them better then my factory Pirelli Supercorsa's.

    Michelin Pilot threes - buck   OR Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: so far this is a great tire feels better than the battle axes I used to use
    Cons: none to speak of. But the tire will not last longbut that is to be expected with a soft compound tire

    when I first got them put on my bike I went for a ride on a winding road they grab the road . but with the soft compound these tires will not last long but I would rather have a tire that didn't last long and grab the road then a pair of cheap tires that would allow me to slide into a wall a tree a rail Or under a car. Anyone who put hard rubber tires on there bike.deserve what they get

    2011 zx6r - Racer188   MO Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Heat up fast and have extremely good grip also great on wet
    Cons: Na

    These are amazing. These defiantly keep your confidence going into the corners. They have great corner grip and good feel. Don't know the life on them bc haven't had enough miles yet

    Nice tires - Djarzy   NJ Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Good balance ... Warm up fast
    Cons: Nothing so far

    Highly recommended

    new power 3's - LS1ANGRYGOAT   TX Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: good traction... smooth
    Cons: none

    I have used these on the street and on the drag strip occasionally. Very good tires.

    Michelin PP3 Rear Tire - Matt B   CA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Better than the PP 2 that I had on before. Very sticky
    Cons: [None]

    05 Ducati Monster S4R.....Immediate break in on this new PP 3 Rear. 2 miles down the road and I felt very confident that it would stick where I put it. Even got to do a few laps at Laguna Seca on it for the 20 year anniversary celebration of the Monster. Love the tire and I will buy another.

    So far so Goodc - jhnn423   TX Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Sticky icky, price not bad, great during the rain.
    Cons: none yet

    Ive only ran a few houndred miles on the road for commute,im loving the tire. So far ive encountered some rain and the tires performed great. I'm really looking forward to when I take them to the backroads and twisties for the real performance test.

    Pp3 great sticky tires - Nepali ninja   WA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Great grip , hella stable in turns, great on rain
    Cons: Nothing so far

    The tire just leans on turns, from Seattle so rain or sun it don't matter when u have these tires on.

    pilot 3 - rc51boy   AZ Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: sticky
    Cons: none yet

    Great tire so far, looks great and seems sticky

    Great Tires - DonW   AZ Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Stick like glue in the corners. Smooth on highway.
    Cons: None so far.

    I ride an FJR1300 to work and back everyday. About 40 miles altogether. I was used to the original tires that came on the bike, Bridgestone Battleax. They seemed like good tires until I got the Michelin Pilot Power 3's put on. I am amazed how much difference there is. I'm not afraid to push the corners and they are very smooth on the highway. Very good buy. I would recommend them to anyone. I have about 450 miles on them so far and can't say anything negative about them.

    Pilot Power 3s ROCK - Thomasnow814   TN Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Long wear, trustworthy, cost effective
    Cons: None

    I love these tires. Granted I've not had much experience with others but I completely trust these until their well beyond the wear bars. My last rear went for about 4,000 miles which included a full week of tearing up the Colorado and New Mexico roads with my sport biking buddies.

    Michelin pilot power 3 - robsp2   GA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Good tire
    Cons: Gets a little loose during compound transition

    I like this tire. During aggressive turn it gets a little bit squirrely

    Satisfied with this purchase - Onelongendo   FL Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Great balance, super sticky, good in wet conditions, excellent feedback, quick heat cycle
    Cons: ......

    I have only put 1K miles on them, so I can't yet answer to longevity of the tire, but the performance is fantastic I'm riding a RVT1000R RC-51 and first gear, dragging knee, WFO on corner exit I have near zero wheel spin. The come up to temp in a hurry and give great feedback wet and dry. I will buy an other set in the future 100The only reason I give a 4 star and not a 5 is because I have not put enough miles on them yet to see how they are going to wear and what kind of milage to expect from them.

    Michelin Pilot Power 3 - Michelin Pilot Power 3   TN Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Excellent tires.
    Cons: Larger that my stock size required cutting of the aftermarket hugger.

    Quick shipping and best price if Could find.

    Pilot Power 3 - Mike   NJ Recommended by Reviewer: No
    Pros: [None]
    Cons: [None]

    Never got comfortable with these tires on 2000 R-1. Rear tire squirms, slides, catches when leaned over on the gas, particularly on cool days. Work best when temps are over 80 degrees. Otherwise good tires ride, feel, turn-in, etc., but lost confidence to ride hard with these tires. Issue seems to be more than just the transition between the compounds, since I previously had the Pilot Power 2CT, and liked them very much. Looks like the rubber near the edges is harder than the center based on wear marksscuff marks, but don't see how that could be.

    I don't get all the 5 star reviews. - MrCrashHappy   VA Recommended by Reviewer: No
    Pros: Decent wear.
    Cons: The sidewall The sidewall

    If you're a 2K-or-less per year, relatively slow in the corners rider, go ahead and get the thing. I had to get that dag blamed rear tire off The Morrigan, 2010 Z1000. Michelin Pilot Power, still had about 1k miles left on it. Worst excuse for a sport tire I've ever ridden. The sidewall is too high and when pushed to the edge you get a high pucker factor moment of juddering while the tire deforms before deciding whether to lose traction altogether. What a POS. Highly recommended as a kiddy swing from the backyard tree. As a hooligansport riding tire, not so much. Thanks for nothing Michelin.

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