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Hey, this is Reuben at Competition Accessories. This is the video review of the Michelin Pilot Road 3. The Pilot Road 2s were a fantastic tire a lot of guys ran them for a long time with lots of good feedback. The Pilot Road 3s look to be even better. These tires have been out for a little while now. Weve sold a ton of them and have had a lot of good customer feedback on them. Michelin calls the tread pattern their excite technology, basically what they have done on both the front and rear is provided you with a lot of grooves in the tread to evacuate water so as your riding these grooves are going to push the water away from the tire and as you can see there are sipes running crossways across the tread as well. Thats going to give you very, very good traction in the wet. Another thing that Michelin has incorporated into these tires are their dual compound technology. The Pilot Power 2CT has been a very good, popular sport bike tire for a long time. They brought that technology to the Pilot Road 3. Basically you have a harder compound running down the center of the tread and that going to prevent the tires from flat spotting if you do a lot of highway miles or commuting, not all your riding is in the twistys the center ridge of this tire is going to wear longer than the sides are and what happens is as you get over into the side of the tire in a turn they actually use a softer rubber so that you get better grip cause obviously when your in a turn that when you need the most grip. So if you ride a sport-touring bike, you do a lot of highway miles, or you do a lot of touring or commuting these tires are really going to be an excellent choice. They are going to last a lot longer than a pure sport bike tire. So check them out online on our website at and well see ya next time.
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Building on the tremendous reputation Michelin has built over the years, the Michelin Pilot Road 3 Tire is the successor to the award winning Pilot Road 2. Michelin Pilot Road 3 Tires were developed using Michelin's newest technology and results in an innovative design for maximizing wet traction with its X Sipe Technology, (XST). Michelin Pilot Road 3 Tires are constructed out of a special dual compound, 2CT, that enhances cornering power and road grip, while resisting wear at the tread's center. Excellent in wet conditions, Michelin Pilot Road 3 Tires are unbeatable on dry roads as well. Environmentally sound, patented Michelin Pilot Road 3 Tires will make your next road trip, one of your best.

Revolutionary X-Sipes technology maximizes wet traction
  • Michelin’s newest technology delivers all-weather performance without compromising tread life or handling
  • Patented innovation resulting from years of research and development
  • Sipes increase the tread's drainage capacity and generate pressure at the edge of the sipe blade, which help break through water film

    Dual compound technology combines tread life and cornering grip
  • 2CT incorporated into all tire sizes, front and rear
  • Wider soft-compound shoulders on the front tire, compared to its predecessor

    High performance and environmentally sound
  • 100% non-aromatic-oil rubber compound
  • All tires listed are "Z" rated tires

    Note: Tires marked with an * are designed for loaded touring or 2-Up Riding

  • Michelin Pilot Road 3 Dual Compound Motorcycle Tires - Z-Rated - Rear Product Reviews
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    Pilot Road 3's - BMWRTRider   FL Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Great grip and feel
    Cons: Not a high mileage tire

    This is the 3rd set of Road 3's that I've put on my 2012 RT and I've been very pleased with the performance of these tires, may consider the Road 4's if the reviews are as good as the 3's

    Will only buy Michelins from now on. - Skidgillen   SD Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Excellent grip right away, perfect tire made by perfect manufacturing processes
    Cons: Tire is being phazed out for Pilot Road 4 models

    I wanted another set of these but the rear was not available anymore. Comp Acc got me a set of Pilot Road 4GT's for the same price after sending my front Pilot Road 3 back and waiting a week. But it is an upgrade at the Pilot Road 3 price I put over 10K miles on Pilot Road 3's. More than what i've gotten on Metzler's, Dunlop's, or Bridgestone's, all on the same bike. Michelin's have no mold release goop on them and they are ready to roll at speed right away. Also they are balanced. You will find no heavy spot marked on the sidewall cause they are that good of a tire. These tires outperformed all other brands that i've used before, and the Pilot Road 4 GT's that i've just installed are already exceeding the 3's. I am a Michelin man for life now.

    Michelin Pilot Road 3 - SteveLH   TX Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Good traction, smooth ride and transition in turns
    Cons: [None]

    Turned on to these tires by my uncle, the ultimate motorcycle touring enthusiast and have been very pleased with the ride and performance. Will see how the durability and life of the tire pan out.

    Decent tire - Jeff   FL Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Great dry traction, wears in quickly, good lean angle
    Cons: None that I can think of

    Didn't take more than 20 miles to bake off all the factory oils. Once it becomes useable, you instantly notice it. And it has great traction. I put the bike and tires to the limit almost every time I drove it in the mountains of Italy. Can't comment on wet traction because I don't play in the rain.All around great tire. Thumbs up.

    Quality tire - Oz   TX Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Grip, durability, responsiveness
    Cons: [None]

    Replaced the stock tires on the VFR 1200. I notice immediate difference in handling. I feel so much more confident with the PR3. Great tires.

    GuzziFreaks dad - Timmerator   MD Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: So sticky you think they were racing tires
    Cons: [None]

    The stickiest set of tires I've ever rode on, rain or shine no difference in the corners, this will be my forth set, 3 sets on my BMW R1150RT and am replacing the set of pilot roads that came with my BMW K1200GT. It's about the confidence that when you throw it into a corner, you know it'll go exactly where you point it. Rain what rain Doesn't even acknowledge that there is such a thing. Absolutely love them

    Pr3's - Radar52   MI Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Handling, rain
    Cons: none so far

    Very quick shipping, manufacture date 414 which is awesome. Have run Angel ST's previous to these. Like the way these corner better. Have not ripun them in rain yet so not sure which I will like better for wet weather. Hope they work as well in wet as dry.

    Pilot Road 3 - Paul   PA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Long life, excellent traction in dry and wet.
    Cons: Expensive

    Expensive but well worth it in safety, handling and long life.

    Great tires - 2005 fz6   OR Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Look Great, Nice ride, stick to road
    Cons: None yet

    I bought these for my fz6 based on the reviews on them, I am not dissapointed. From the first day on my bike i just felt how good they felt on the road. Definately well worth the money. Great shipping from compacc as always.

    Great Tires - Russ   MD Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Great in rain, smooth ride
    Cons: none yet

    I bought these tires for a long two week ride some buddies and I took last month. We started in Baltimore, and went to the blue ridge parkway, following it till the end in North Carolina then rode down to Tampa to visit some friends then came home along the coast. These tires rode great We got stuck in monsoon type rain as soon as we crossed over into Florida and rode in this rain the entire length of interstate 75 till we arrived in Tampa. The Michelins had incredible grip and felt very stable at highway speeds 90mph. They handled great along the parkway, and the tale of the dragon. I ride a 08 meanstreak, so I'm not dragging my knees but my pegs scraped well before the tires ran out of grip. And because they are dual compound they don't even look worn yet, even though we clocked in about 4000 miles on this trip very satisfied with these tires and got a great deal from the guys at comp acc.

    Michelin Pilot Road 3 - BadWing   Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Feel, Confidence, Dry, Wet
    Cons: None

    After putting on a few thousand miles, I have to say these are the best sport touring tires I have ever owned for a motorcycle. They grip very well and when you do push them they give a very predictible slide. I love them on wet roads, dry roads, it doesn't matter. Do yourself a favor and spend the money.

    Additional secondary review - landofahhs   KS Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Traction, durability, and dependability
    Cons: none noted to date

    This is my second review...and my third set of Pilot Road 3's. So far I have put just under 30,000 miles on three sets of Pilot Road 3's and have not had any problems to speak of. I just returned from a 3400 mile road trip with my brother. I road my Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS and he road a BMW R1200, both bikes had new Pilot Road 3's installed a week before we left. We road from central Kansas to Lake Tahoe, through the Redwood forests and up and down the Pacific coast, into Yosemite and Mamoth...and then back again. We put in time on mountain roads that were second to none in being a challenge to ride and traveled deserted hiways that gave us the opportunity to press our bikes top end performance. On one day of the trip alone we traveled from 113 degree heat in the Nevada desert up into the high Sierras into sub freezing temps where we hit snow and rain. The Pilot Road 3's never gave us any cause for concern, only some variation of air pressure as we went from below sea level up to above 8,000 feet. Honestly, on the trip back through the northern desert of Nevada and Utah, I was amazed at both the performance of the tires and their dependability to handle very long periods of time at 80 plus MPH in the broiling heat of the desert. I wish I could say my body held up as well. My brother and I disgussed tires and both of us determined why consider another brand when the Pilot Road 3's were handling everything we could dish out.

    I ride 100 miles round trip on a Kaw Concours ABS 14. I cruise at 70 to 80mph or much more when conditions permit. I ride on rough rural country roads including a dirt/gravel road in everything from gusty winds to outright down pours year round. The PR-3's have never slipped, behaved badly or gone flat even when I've pushed them further than I was comfortable. As for wear, compared to the OEM Bridgestones which only lasted 7500 miles before I had steel belts exposed on the rear and little to no tread on the first rear PR-3 lasted over 10,000 miles and still had tread before I changed it due to winter coming on. The Front PR-3 currently has over 12,000 miles with all tread still reasonable fine. These are incredible tires...Michelin has not let me down, ever.

    big kahuna  
    ended up with a flat while on vacation, had to replace my rear tire MPR 2 with a new tire. This was all the dealer had in stock, so bought it. I am very pleased with it so far, broke it in on the Blue Ridge Parkway. At about 50 miles it was sticking good, no problems. Hope this one wears as well as my MRP 2 was wearing.

    These are the best tires I have ever. They are great at high speeds and seem to hold when tight cornering. So far they have worn best ever. So far with almost 1500 miles no wear apparent. Usually I get 2,000 miles total average for 9 sets to date.
    Excellent deal.

    so far, so good - EdinCharlotte   NC Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Improved turn-in
    Cons: none noted

    I've had a PR3 on the front of my 1stGen Bandit 1200 for about 1500 miles, and recently switched the rear from a Dunlop RoadSmart II to a PR3. The Dunlop gave good mileage, and traction was completely reliable but the PR3 frontRoadSmart rear combo felt heavy, as though the ends of the bike had different ideas about corner entry. I've only been out for a few sessions after changing to the PR3 rear, but the response to steering input has been greatly improved and the bike feels better balanced. Time will tell regarding durability, but at this point I'm glad I made the change. Kudos to CompAcc for very fast shipping as always , and for having fresh stock tire is dated 5013.

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    Great Tires - Chuck35   GA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Great ride, traction, wet performance
    Cons: Pricey

    I just ordered my 2nd set. These stick well and last a long time. I have around 12,000 miles on my current set and another 1000 left.

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    Finally wore out the rear - Randy   Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: GRIIIIP and loong life
    Cons: I can't marry them.

    Ok, I wanted to follow up my post I wrote around SeptOct 2012. It is currently middle-ish April 2013 and I have over 9000 hard miles on them. This has been canyons, hard starts and stops, superslabs of over 300 miles a day etc. Basically, riding as I wanted to, not babying the tires. I have done drag strip style starts, minus the burn out, and many sudden slow downs and stops. Some just for the fun of it and to practice emergency stopping. No chicken strip on the rear and the front is near the edge. Again, not babying them by any measure. My bike is over 500 lbs and with all my gear on, I am over 250lbs. What I have found is that the tires did square off a little when I ran them for a while with too much pressure in them. Probably 38ish up front and 40ish rear. I lowered the pressure and proceeded to some canyons and pretty much eliminated the squaring in the rear, but the front is a little flat in the middle. This makes the front feel a little light, but nothing of concern for me.The tires have worn very evenly front and rear and while the front has more tread than the rear, it has worn as well, surprisingly on the sides a little more than the middle, but with all the canyons I hit, I am not too surprised. BUT, they have 9000 miles, so who am I to complainI have ridden year round in SoCal, however, this past winter we had about 3 weeks with temps as low as 30 degrees. I know, cry me a river... I lived in Wyoming and Montana, so, I know exactly how that sounds. For purposes of this review though, I just take it easier the first few miles until the tires have some heat in them and then it's something I no longer think about. IF you have any hesitation about this tire, be done with it. They grip in rain. The grip at high speed. They grip at high lean angles and while powering out of curves. NEVER have I had these tires give me pause. I give them my ABSOLUTE trust. If I could give them 10 stars it wouldn't be enough. Do yourself a favor, just buy them. You will not regret it. The return on investment in stability, security and peace of mind with these tires far outweighs the price, believe me Oh, when I bought my set for my 05 VFR, they were substantially higher, as I needed them then and there when I bought the bike in Las Vegas and I was facing a 300 mile ride home, so I had to buy them locally on a Sunday. Even at the 450 that I paid for them at whatever store it was, they are a very high value. This price Buy two sets

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    Pilot Road 3 - Jim   CA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Longevity, Grip, Wet Performance, Balance
    Cons: Cost

    I have come full circle with most of the sport touring tires available. My previous favorite was the Pilot Road 2 tires. The new favorite is the Pilot Road 3. These tires deliver all the good qualities of the PR2 to a higher standard. I have mounted 2 set of PR3 and each time have achieved 10000 miles plus useful wear with my R1200RT. This is better mileage than any other tire I have tried by a large margin. As a plus, the wear is not concentrated on the center. The round profile is still good when the tire is ready for replacement. Handling remains good up to replacement. This means an 8000 mile ride is started with the confidence the new set of tires will bring me home with tread to spare. No other tire has done this for me. The Grip is outstanding and if you exceed the limits the tires will give a progressive warning rather than a sudden loss of traction. The PR3s are at the top for grip in a sport touring tire.I have had occasion to ride entire days in the rain with these tires and they do not disappoint. They are very effective at displacing standing water if you are riding at a reasonable pace for the conditions.Finally, the quality is built into these tires. Minimum weight for balance is needed and the construction has held up to road hazards encountered.I would highly suggest these tires for a sport touring application. They carry a premium cost but that is offset by longer tire wear and quality construction.

    This review is for Michelin Pilot Road 3 Dual Compound Motorcycle Tires - Z-Rated - Front
    Great Product - Dustin Funk   FL Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Great Grip
    Cons: None

    Great tire great grip. Whatelse can I say it's a great product can't complain.

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    Excellent tires - Randy   CA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Long lasting and grip hard
    Cons: [None]

    I have a pair on both my 2005 Honda VFR and my 2000 Triumph Sprint RS. I have over 5000 miles on the set on my Triumph and about 2000 on my VFR and I have many thousands of miles left on both bikes. I originally bought them for my Triumph because I commuted 74 miles a day, 6 days a week. On that bike I needed something that would hold up to the superslab and the canyons. These tires have done just that. I ran them at around 32 psi front and rear and they performed flawlessly. I have been able to scrape the pegs on both bikes and I have never felt out of control nor have I had my confidence in them shaken at all. I have hit paint stripes an tar snakes both and while there was a very brief 14 second slip, never have I been afraid. Now that I think about it, the tires have only slipped on paint when they are cold and if I run them around 3436 psi.Some friends and I did a 250 mile loop from Malibu up through the Los Padres forest and that included some very spirited riding and for this trip I was riding my VFR, my friends were running Ducati 848's a BMW S1000rr and a BMW K1300HP4 and they were all running Dunlop Q2s, and they are track regulars. I had no reason to not trust my tires and I kept right up with them at very fun speeds These tires absolutely rocked it and they were pumped up to about 3436 because I forgot to reduce the pressure for the ride. It turns out I didn't need to. Dry roads, wet roads, it didn't matter. We rode in temps from the high forties to mid seventies all on the same day and it didn't matter. They just kept on gripping.Unless I go to the track, I have no desire to run any other tires then the PR3s. They are that good

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    From a 20k Rider, Best Tire Ever - Barrett in Cary   Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Great Wet Weather Tire and Very Good Dry Performance Also
    Cons: None, except the tread design just looks funky, but works.

    Currently running on a 2003 Suzuki SV1000N. I put over 20k miles per year on a bike. This is a combination of commuting and spirited weekend rides with other sportbikers the occassional trip with bags. Over the years, I have run a number of different tires looking for that perfect balance between performance and long life. Tires I have tried in the past have usually lasted me from less than 2k to a little over 5k. I have had my current set of R3s for about 10k miles. The front probably has a few thousand more miles lift and rear probably another 1k. This has by far been the best all around tire I have ever owned. Looking forward to picking up another set.

    This review is for Michelin Pilot Road 3 Dual Compound Motorcycle Tires - Z-Rated - Front
    michelin PR3 on VFR1200F - lshark   NY Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: WOW BIG improvement
    Cons: they WILL wear out one day

    the PR3's really tightened up the handling on my 2010 Honda holds a line through turns much better now...amazing in the rain...4500 miles and plenty left to go...i HIGHLY recommend them

    This review is for Michelin Pilot Road 3 Dual Compound Motorcycle Tires - Z-Rated - Package Special
    I ride a 2009 ABS Concours. I ride year round, just over 100 miles round trip to work and home each day...mostly country roads. I replace the OEM Bridgestone tires at 7500 miles because the rear had worn and was showing the steel belts. The new Michelin PR 3 rear was replaced after being used for just over 10,000 miles and the front was replaced after 16,000 miles. I am about to replace the second rear PR 3 after 10,000, which should speak for how much I like these tires. I ride fast and excelerate quick so the PR 3's get a good workout. I've ridden in down pours and in a blizzards where I had trouble keeping my face shield clear. The PR 3's have never given me any cause to be nervous or leary of their grip.

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    kemlyn NH  
    I ride a 2010 C14 Concours the OEM Bridgestone’s went 7464 miles they were flat spotted, cupped and high centered from 5000 miles wore them right to the fiber. I've had good luck with Michelin tires in the past after reading reviews I decided to make the change. I commute 80 miles round trip each day to work and ride in all kinds of weather the PR3' have proven to be outstanding. The PR3's look great with 6000 miles I would project in the 12k range before the next replacement. Also went to nitrogen and ceramic balancing beads no more tire weights and big improvement in C14 turn in.

    This review is for Michelin Pilot Road 3 Dual Compound Motorcycle Tires - Z-Rated - Package Special
    pr3 front - T   Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: excellent in all conditions
    Cons: higher price than the PR2

    I had the PR3 front on my 2007 FZ1, with the PR2 rear. I had no complaints at all. I commute over 80 miles a day into SF. Whether on the highways or in the city, it performed great, in sunshine, wind, fog & rain. I HAD 16,000 MILES WHEN I REPLACED IT I will caution everyone that this tire prefers a higher than normal pressure. I started at 36, and ended up at 39 psi.The only reason that I did not rate it 5 stars, is because of the higher cost.

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    Not as good as the pr2 - Merlinus   FL Recommended by Reviewer: No
    Pros: Still a good wet tire & a smooth ride
    Cons: Feels unsteady, tends to wander

    I've had these for about 5000 miles now and want them to wear out so I can go back to the PR2's. The PR2's had such a solid road feel that inspired confidence. I thought the PR3's would be just that much better. Not so, once I got these tires on I lost the feel of the road and havn't felt it since. It always feels like the front wants to slide out or change directions on me, it hasn't but it is still unnerving. other than the feel these tires do provide good grip in any condition when needed. Wear is similar to my experience with the PR2's.

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