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Hey guys this is Reuben with Competition Accessories and welcome to our video review of the all new Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires. This tire is replacing the Pilot Road 3, falls right into that sport touring category that is ever increasingly popular. Everything from pure sport bike guys who are looking for a higher mileage tire that are going to last longer than a super sport tire to guys on big touring bikes. Now the Pilot Road 3s were one of the most innovative tire technologies we have seen in terms on how they have actually designed the tread and how it performed in wet weather conditions. The Pilot Road 4 is taking those similar design approaches and incorporating some other unique features into the tires to give them exceptional wet weather performance while also increasing the tire life. They have actually gone with a Silica infused rubber compound on these tires and they are claiming that they are going to last 20% longer than the Pilot Road 3s did which is a significant improvement if you consider what 20% percent means over the life of the tire. So you might be paying a little bit more for a tire but getting a tire that is going to perform well and last a long time and your going to stretch those dollars a little bit further even though the initial investment is higher. Now looking at the actual tread pattern they have actually changed it quite a bit from the Pilot Road 3. They still use what they call their XST Sipe technology, that is the tiny little sipes you see with these reservoirs dotted throughout the tire and those help clear water away from the tread and they give the tire a good contact patch when it is wet out. They have done something unique on the front tire they are calling it the XST Plus which are these cross sipes that run across along the tread which is very similar to what we saw on the Pilot Road 3s. They provide very god wet weather performance very good braking especially on all kinds of surfaces. But one thing that was always a bit of concern when you have all these sipes in the tread of a tire is even wear. When your under a high load in a corner your flexing each bit of rubber individually since there is basically cuts in the tread in those areas. What Michelin has done in those areas is they have actually reduced the square edge on both sides they are more rounded off if you will. So when it does flex it is not going to wear at uneven rates between the leading edge and the trailing edge. So these are designed to wear very evenly. Over the link of the life of the tire which is very nice. Now these tires are also going to be available in three different versions and that is definitely something you want to be aware of. The standard version is going to be fantastic for most middle weight bikes whether your on a sport bike or something like a Ninja 650 or a sport touring bike that is in the lighter weight category. If your on a larger bike then you are going to go with something called the GT version, which they use a different type of construction method in the rear tire and it kind of combines bias ply and radial tire technologies to give you a more stiff carcase for a big touring bike or if you are riding two up you are going to need something that is a little bit stiffer to give you better stability on the road so its actually going to be standard equipment on the BMW 1200 RT for example. So if you are riding a big touring bike like that you might want to look for the GT Version. Last but not least there is going to be a trail version as well despite it being called a trail version it is a 100% on road tire but it is designed for large adventure touring bikes which are going to be spending all their time on the pavement. If you have something like the Big BMW 1200 GS Adventure or any other large adventure touring bikes then this tire is going to be the one you want to go with. Now the tread in the trail version does use the softer compound in the rear. Now these are a dual-compound tire whether you get the standard or the GT or the trail version. But the difference with the trail version is they use the same softer compound in the front also in the rear. On the standard and GT versions you actually have a softer compound on the front, the sides are going to be the softest of all. Then the center on the rear is going to be harder than the center on the front on the standard and the GT version. What that does is it provides a very even wear pattern across or along the tire itself. These tires have been tested from 23 degrees Fahrenheit to over a 113 degrees Fahrenheit so they have definitely done their homework to make sure they are going to perform in all types of weather conditions. Obviously the biggest point of focus on the Pilot Road 4s is the wet weather performance and they will do very well. You can check out the Pilot Road 4s on our website at Don't forget you can also earn to 5% comp a cash back to use towards future purchases with us. Check out our tire specials we have on our website. If you have any questions you can comment and subscribe to our youtube channel. You can also give us a call at 1-800-543-3535. Thanks for watching and we will see you next time.
Information and Details about the Michelin Pilot Road 4 Trail Tires - 2CT Dual Compound - Rear
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The Michelin Pilot Road 4 Trail tire is a sport touring tire for trail bikes ridden exclusively on roads with the same new technologies featured on the Pilot Road 4, including the same tread pattern. Features an optimized compound for trail bikes that are ridden 100% on the road.

The new industry standard for all-around sport touring use, the Michelin Pilot Road 4 has superior wet-weather braking performance compared to the leading competitive sport touring tires on both pavement and slippery surfaces, and lasts 20% longer than Michelin's top selling Pilot Road 3 tires in results from the 2013 third-party commissioned tests conducted at the Dektra Test Centre in Ladoux France. The Pilot 4 also grips the road across a wide range of riding conditions and temperature ranges (23 F to 113F).

Stops Faster
Thanks to the new XST+, new Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires stop faster on wet roads than the leading competitive sport touring tires. In fact, third party commissioned tests prove it. The new Michelin Pilot Road 4 stopped 17% shorter than the leading sport touring tire competitors on wet pavement and 24% shorter on a wet slippery surface. All of which means, riding in the rain on Pilot Road 4 tires should feel more safe and more secure, and a lot less stressful.

  • The patented sipes and integrated reservoirs of Michelin's XST X-Sipe technology deliver exceptional grip on roads
  • Michelin developed XST+ that includes cross sipes to help improve wet weather braking, and adds chamfers to the sipes to help prevent abnormal wear under extreme conditions
  • New tread patterns were also developed for both front and rear to optimize wet and dry grip at all lean angles, and to promote uniform wear

    Grips the road in all conditions
    All new silica-charged rubber compounds were developed for the Michelin Pilot Road 4 tire. These compounds are specially formulated to provide excellent grip from 23°F to 113­°F on a wide range of road surfaces, including painted lines and crosswalks, making it easier than ever for you to ride with confidence in virtually all conditions.

    Lasts longer
    Thanks to 2CT technology, the new Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires lasts up to 20% longer than Michelin Pilot Road 3 tires. Over the long run, that adds up to fewer tire changes and a lower total cost of ownership.

  • The new Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires feature 2CT, dual compound technology with 100% silica compounds for the optimum balance between wet grip and longevity
  • The harder center compounds are designed to help promote a long tire life while the softer shoulder compounds provide extra grip when cornering

    2AT provides extra stability for heavier loads
    Whether you are riding your GT-class bike solo, 2-up or with luggage, you will appreciate the added stability provided by Michelin's new 2AT technology, your heavy touring bike will feel sable and secure in both straight line and cornering situations.

  • Michelin's patented new 2AT Dual Angle Technology is a revolutionary design architecture for motorcycle tires that delivers the stiffness you need for heavier touring bikes, and the comfort you desire for the long ride
  • 2AT uniquely combines elements of both bias and radial tire designs during the manufacturing process in order to deliver the best of both worlds: the extra load carrying capacity of bias and the riding pleasure of a radial.

  • Michelin Pilot Road 4 Trail Tires - 2CT Dual Compound - Rear Product Reviews
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    Very good, long lasting tire. - Devin   NC Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Very sticky long lasting compound.
    Cons: [None]

    I put these tires on my 2009 R1200GS and was blown away by the grip and longevity. I put 13k miles on my rear and it was only just at the wear bars. I mostly commute on these tires, but did a couple of 2 day trips. The tires did not develop a pronounced flat spot in the center, even with heavy highway use. This was surprising to me as all the other tires I have used up to this point have developed this spot. They handle well in the cold and in heavy rain. Overall I'm very impressed with these tires.

    new pilot 4s - Dpe   IL Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Great in the rain ,bubblegum sticky in the dry
    Cons: none

    put these on before our trip to New Mexico had some hard rain .One very hard stop in town in the rain about 45 mph the ABS kicked in tires never slipped awesome .very good in the twisties up in the mountains , 3000 mile round-trip can't tell about the mileage yet we'll see how that plays out. overall couldn't be happier

    camper turned commuter - ELC   CA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: CA pricing, dual compound technology
    Cons: none

    I haven't been riding on these tires long enough or far enough to give a detailed report, but with about 800 miles on the tires, so far so good with little or no noticeable wear on the center and solid reassuring gription and tracking when cornering. Despite the word trail in their name, these are primarily street on-road tires and are on a 2013 BMW R1200GSw installed and balanced at my dealership. Why street tires on a dual sport I am running these tires for the next 6-7 months since I will be using the bike primarily for commuting on the slab in Southern California until April or May. Then, I will trade these for a pair of partial onoff-road tires for summer camping and off-road use. Competition Accessories pricing on these was much lower than any other place I found and shipment was fast. Strongly recommended based on dealing with C.A. and performance on tires so far.

    Great tire choice - Jeff F.   PA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Fantastic grip - wet or dry.
    Cons: In first 700 miles - none.

    I put a set of PR4 trails on my Stelvio with expectations from my experience with PR3s 4s on my C14 and with 700 miles on them, it was a well founded decision. Absolutely impressed with the handling and grip in cool wet and dry conditions. Past experience tells me I should get excellent mileage as well. My last PR3 on the rear of my C14 went 11.5k miles and had some left in it, but needed to swap it out for a long mileage trip I was planning. By the way, I have the first gen version Stelvio with the 5.5 rear rim and the 170 60 works perfectly.

    Newest Pilots - LarryC   CO Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Good handling, Quality Construction
    Cons: None yet

    Wow, hard to review tires after only a couple of rides. I've run the Pilot series on other bikes, Pilot 2's on my Guzzi Griso and 3's on my Norge. All have been good tires. Now Michelin has created the Pilot 4 for big trailies in a size that fits my '06 Triumph Tiger 955i. I've always run Michelins on my Tiger, first Anakees, then Anakee 2's with good success. Since I have a Sertao for dual sport, I decided to focus the Tiger on road performance, hence the switch to Pilots. The Tiger's really a street bike anyway, and a good one.Just a word about nomenclature the Trail designation doesn't refer to the intended use of the tires but rather to the bikes on which they are intended to be used. Big Adventure bikes like my Tiger, or GS's, DL's, KTM's and the like. These are street tires. That said, I wouldn't hesitate to hook a couple of sections of pavement together with a dirt or gravel road to make an entertaining loop. I got a chance to put about 500 miles on these tires...from interstate droning to some great single lane mountain roads. The performance of the tires is certainly up to Pilot standards. Great cornering ability and extremely smooth ride. Time will tell about wear, but every set of Pilots I've mounted has had better wear characteristics than the previous ones, so my expectations are high.I do mount my own tires, so I take extra care to make sure everything is correct, from seating the bead properly, to inflation and balance. It took very little weight to balance the tires. On new pavement these tires run out glass smooth. I do ride with a pillion, as my wife is an avid motorcyclist too. That probably cuts into the wear a bit, but it doesn't mean we ride slowly. We tend to be aggressive and achieve respectable lean angles and I get pretty hard into the front brake. If you have a big adventure bike and focus mostly on pavement riding, I think you'll like these. BTW, I have a friend with a new Ducati Multistrada that gets ridden mostly in sport mode. He has these tires and likes them as well.

    Pilot Road 4 trail - Jim   CA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Wet weather handling
    Cons: Pricey

    Overall excellent tire - smooth riding and consistent wear across the tire profile - keeping inflated at 41 to 42 PSI. Hoping for 10K mileage on a Super Tenere. Will buy again.

    Part Number Status for Michelin Pilot Road 4 Trail Tires - 2CT Dual Compound - Rear
    Options SKU Our Price Availability
    150/70 R17 87-9941 $208.33 Currently Not Available for Order
    170/60 R17 87-9943 $214.40 Currently Not Available for Order
    Michelin Pilot Road 4 Trail Tires - 2CT Dual Compound - Rear fits:
    Rear Motorcycle Tires for these Adventure Touring Bikes and Others when the Rider plans on using the motorcycle exclusively on the road:

    BMW R1200 GS
    Triumph 1200 Tiger
    Honda 1000 Varadero
    Honda Cross Tourer
    Suzuki 1000 V-Strom
    Yamaha 1200 Super Tenere

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