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post #1 of 68 Old 01-20-2016, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Michelin PR4 tyres

Have just replaced the D214 tyres at a shade over 3700 km (2300 miles). I'm 68 and my surname isn't Rossi so that's pretty unsatisfactory. They gripped ok in hot, dry conditions but didn't trust them at all in the wet so it's back to Michelin PR4's which has been my all-weather tyre of choice on previous bikes.

Too early to fully evaluate them as I only had them fitted yesterday. However, on the 130 km ride home, the rate of turn-in was dramatically better than the D214's. You'd expect this with any new tyre but the PR4's have a sharper crown than the OEM tyres and are also a little narrower at maximum width and this undoubtedly helps.

There are some photos here: Confessions of an Ageing Motorcyclist: Tyre time and other stuff! and I'll periodically update how they're going.

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My wife just put those tires on her 2012 gsxr 750 and when it comes time I will be fitting those on my gsxs 1000 as well.
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Geoff, as the tip in was quicker did you go for the 55 profile or stick with the 50's?
Changing my tyres next month, not sure weather to go for PR3's or 4's
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Here's a million dollar question[Don't hold me to this,I'm broke].

Has anyone fitted a set of touring tyres?. I'm considering the Pirelli Angel GT's.

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Geoff, as the tip in was quicker did you go for the 55 profile or stick with the 50's?
Changing my tyres next month, not sure weather to go for PR3's or 4's
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I went for the 55 profile. No downside at all. Against my GPS, there is no discernible difference in speedo reading.


If you read the link to my ramblings on PR3 and 4 tyres, I didn't find a whole lot of difference between them. The front end felt slightly more stable with the 4s, maybe because the sipes have a wider spacing but the 3s were still ok. Rear tyre life was pretty comparable but the front on the 4 lasted a touch longer. They've stopped importing the 3 into NZ so I didn't have much choice!

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Has anyone fitted a set of touring tyres?. I'm considering the Pirelli Angel GT's.

Dai,
The PR3s and 4s ARE sport touring tyres like the Angels. There is even a GT version available but GT's are normally for heavy bikes like ST1300s. They have much stiffer carcass construction. Why would you want them on a lighter bike like the GSX-S?

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Hi Geoff, with the PR4,s did you notice any difference with the traction control, i.e. does it kick in more, or any difference with the traction handling
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Hi Geoff, with the PR4,s did you notice any difference with the traction control, i.e. does it kick in more, or any difference with the traction handling
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Absolutely no difference in mode 2, but haven't tried it in the other modes. I think Suzuki's warning about different tyre sizes/profiles might be more to do with arse-covering with the risk of litigation if someone goes absolutely extreme. I'm thinking of those bikes with the extended swing arms and monster tyres

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Here's a million dollar question[Don't hold me to this,I'm broke].

Has anyone fitted a set of touring tyres?. I'm considering the Pirelli Angel GT's.
I tried Pirelli Angel's on my Daytona, as they had fantastic writeups and all looked like they should be good.

I hated them, I had very little confidence in the grip they provided, especially on cooler mornings.

If I hadn't sold the bike with them on, I would have gone back to the Pilot Road 3's or tried the 4's.
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Yeah i've heard mixed reviews about them but i've had good confidence about all the sets I've owned. The reason with possibly using a touring tyre is i don't go spastic and knee down or anything,i usually putt along therefore soft tyres go to waste on my bikes.I'd love a tyre that i could get 10,000kms+ and thats where I've experienced the Angels to pull those type of numbers.
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Yeah i've heard mixed reviews about them but i've had good confidence about all the sets I've owned. The reason with possibly using a touring tyre is i don't go spastic and knee down or anything,i usually putt along therefore soft tyres go to waste on my bikes.I'd love a tyre that i could get 10,000kms+ and thats where I've experienced the Angels to pull those type of numbers.
You sound like me! i'm expecting (hoping) the PR4's to last for 10k plus. The 3's and 4's were good for 15k on my Street Triple. The extra 20+kg of the Suzuki shouldn't add much wear and I'm mostly sympathetic with my right hand.

Several people in NZ suffered delamination with the early Angels but think it may have been a batch problem. A few of us who had the early Avon Storms had balancing issues which turned out to be a manufacturing fault in a particular batch.
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