Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Central Indiana
Motorcycle: 2018 Suzuki GSX-R 750, 2003 Kawasaki ZX-9R, 2001 Kawasaki ZX-6R & KX250 Motarded
Re: 80% track day tires
I have always been a Michelin fan and ran the PR2s for years with great mileage and awedome edge grip. Truly the best sport touring type tire. The PR3 and 4s had way to much sipping and would tear like a rain tire if pushed hard. For that, I hated them.
Here are pics of the Q4 with 7 days (in the mountains) on them. What really bothered me was how the edge wore. You can see the discoloration as well. I was running different pressures between 32 and 38 pounds.
The other pic is of a PR2 front with over 10K miles on it. Again I got caught out on a trip and killed it in the mountains. I really liked those tires. If I wasn't worried about tires being delivered that have been sitting on a shelf somewhere for three years, I would buy them again in a heartbeat.
I have always run two sets of wheels on my other bikes and have a commuting and a performance setup. I just haven't bought a set for the new bike. It won't see the track for several years and will fill more of a sport touring role for now. Considering the PR5 as they did away with most the sipping, especially on the sides where I don't think you need them. If it is raining, I am not strafing corners. If I get caught in the rain, I am usually traveling and will typically change up to interstate, follow in tire tracks and hammer down staying as straight up as possible. Reviews seem good...
I will being doing the Rolling Thunder ride in a few weeks. That will be a good 1,500 mile trip, including several hundred in the mountains with the chance of rain. The bike has a little of 2K miles on it now, and the stock Bridgestone BT016 are flattening off badly and still have a 1/2" chicken strip on the rear (bought in the fall and have not ridden any corners at anger yet). If I keep those on the bike for the trip, I know they will be shot. Going to TN a few weeks later, so I want to put commuters on it for the trip and then finish off the BT016 in TN. Then again, I am unfamiliar with how they perform in the corners.