Michelin Road 5 Tire Review: 500 Mile Update

April 4, 2018

I’ve put almost 500 miles on the Michelin Road 5 tires commuting on the R1200R.

They’ve been ridden in the wet more often than in the dry over the last month and performance has been excellent in all conditions. I did have one cold tire related slip but it was rider error; heavy throttle while cornering over a painted line on a 35 degree morning right after starting out. Just like the previous Pilot Road 4 it was very predictable and stable when loose, no problem at all. I have found the PR4 tended to break loose more easily while the Road 5 took some effort.

I have not had a chance to really push these in the twisties yet but would be surprised if they weren’t better than the PR4 based on how they’ve performed so far. I have a twisty rural route I use for testing suspension tuning and will give these tires a couple laps out there before the next update.

My opinion at 500 miles is that the older Pilot Road 4 is a great tire but the Road 5 is just that much better. For faster turn-in, better grip when cold and a more SPORT-touring than sport-TOURING tire get the Road 5. I’d give these a serious look for folks who commute on sportbikes during the week but hit the twisties on the weekends or all weather riders on any type of bike.

Read my previous review Michelin Road 5 Tire Review

My 2,000 mile long-term review:
Michelin Road 5 Tire Review: 2,000 Mile Update

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