Michelin Road 5 Tire Review: 2,000 Mile Update
The Michelin Road 5 tires I recently mounted on the R1200R are just at 2,000 miles, about 800 miles of that from commuting and a 1,200 mile trip. They look broken in but the tread is still crisp and nearly new.
I usually end up binning tires before the tread is worn out due to uneven wear from the daily commute and crowned roads. To me, it’s not worth riding on badly worn tires just to save a few bucks. My goal was to get 6,000 miles out of these in normal use. If the wear continues to be even I think 8k or more would be reasonable.
I am still impressed with both the wet performance and mid-corner stability. On my recent trip I had a chance to really push these hard on some twisty roads, they were nothing but confident and predictable. Pardon the cliche but they are like riding on rails and bring out the sporty-side of the R1200R. You can just keep leaning and nothing seems to upset them.
During my trip the coastal fog caused damp roads in the mornings and the Road 5 tires handled them well when leaned over and powering out of corners. No slippage or even a shimmy. They even gripped well when the surface got a little gritty. Although I am using these in a commuting/sport-touring role on the R1200R they would be an excellent choice for sport riding if you were looking for more wet performance and longevity compared to a straight sport tire. Unless something better comes out in the meantime, I am planning on replacing these with another set of Road 5s when they are worn out.