Most don't need or can't fully use sport rubber. Thats more for their ego to say that they have a sicky tire. This tire works well and I get 8K -10K out of it. Its a good price too.I'll get 2-3 yrs out of this rear on my FZ1 . You should change out your tires every 3 yrs max. The rubber gets hard and isn't as compliant and a new 1.
I've bought 3 of these rear tires for my VFR800 and they give fantastic traction with unparalleled tread life! The first one lasted 17k miles and the two others were a little under 20k each! This is a VFR800 so only about a 100hp and the speedo reads miles at least 10% high.
I will say I bought these left over after buying them when they came out new a few years ago for my FJR 1300. I personally like the II vs the newer 4. Like I said I had them when they came out a few years ago and they were great then as I'm sure they will be now. The last set of these lasted me a 8000 rear and 10000 front. The 4's didn't last me this long so when I went looking for tires again I just happen to see if anybody had the 2's in stock and low and behold Rocky Mountain did at a good price. Rocky Mountain has always done well for me in price and as quick as Amazon prime in shipping. Thank You Rocky Mountain......
It may be older tech, but a Pilot Road 2 rear tire combined with Michelin's Pilot Power 2CT front has been the go-to tire setup for me. This gives me excellent treadlife and performance without breaking the bank. I'm not dragging knees (or trying) but it allows predictable performance wet or dry. This works well if you need to ride a few hours to get to that perfect road, spend part of the day railing around and then ride those few hours home. You'll still have plenty of tire left. Works just fine for commuting as well.
Not the best tire in Michelin's Pilot Road Series, but a well balanced performer for the price. I've put over 35,000 miles on multiple sets of PR2's on my N1k, and consider myself a moderately spirited "Pace" rider. I tend to wear out both front and rear tires together, and have gotten between 7,000 to 8,500 miles out the PR2's. Though other brands/models may provide better feel, grip, wet weather performance, or longevity, the Pilot Road 2 offers plenty of performance in those regards, that you don't feel as if you've sacrificed anything. Add in the fact that the PR2's are typically offered at a competitive price and you end up with incredible value.
Machine this part was bought for: 2012 KAWASAKI ZX1000 Ninj
I got over 8,000 miles out of this tire and the only reason I had to replace it was because I ran over a nail at 6,000 miles....ran it with a plug for 2,000 miles (probably not recommended). It could have easily gone 10,000 miles!
I've been running PR2's for many thousands of miles. While I have switched to a PP3 up front, the PR2 rear gives an excellent combination of wear and grip, evendors in the wet. For the price you will not find a better rear for SPORT touring.
The 180/55ZR-17 is a good tire, but it's hard to tell when it's worn out -- unless you can see the steel belt! The tread grooves are not in the center of the tread face so you have to guess at how much rubber is left; not a good thing when you're on a long trip. I've moved on to the Road 3 and will try the Road 4 next because of this. Some of my friends noticed this problem, also.
Machine this part was bought for: 2009 BMW K1300GT
I ran this tire 180/55-17 on the rear of my '04ST4s Ducati along with a 120/70-17 Pilot Power 2CT on the front. Great grip all throught its life. I have 5100 miles on the tires since new. The front is down to the wear bars 1/2 way between the center and edge, only a few hundred miles left on it. The rear still looks to have 1000 miles or so left. Mostly warn 1/2 way between the center and the edge. My guess is the center and the side will wear out at about the same time. Prolly 3/32 tread left. I only gott about 2600 miles on a Pilot power rear so I was looking for something that would have good grip and last as long as the front. I had Angels on it before the above set because I was looking for something that would last longer than the Pilot powers (rear). The Angels gave good grip and the front lasted great, but the rear only lasted 3800 miles. I thought this review of the tires through their life would be helpful to some. I put 3500 miles on a trip last fall (w/PP front & PR2rear combo) up the coast of Northern CA, OR and WA then back down the middle of the states in 7 days. Didn't hit much rain so I can't say much about that, but they seemed fine for the small amount of time I was in. I just ordered a new set for this fall's trip. For comparison my bike weighs about 500lbs unloaded and about 120 hp. Loaded for the trips and gased probably about 575lbs. I like to rail the turns. I also did a review on the PP front.
In the last yr, I have had alot of commuting for work. I put these on in the fall, and rode all winter. I now have over 16K on the rear, with a bit to go.
My commute had me doing 80-90 MPH, lane splitting, and city traffic. Not one time did they let me down. Always stable,predictable, surefooted. When Id hit the twisties, they did thier job. Even now, with them wore out and squared, they still handle the twisties well.
This is my second set of these tires on my FZ6. I've run many different tires, and these are the most mileage (9k+) for the money while still being very sticky. I've never lost grip with them, wet or dry, and have worn off the Michelin man from the rears, so it isn't like I don't ride hard. You can drag a knee with these, and still run down the highway and through town without wearing them down in no time. The ride is SUPER smooth. The are stable and planted in turns and over bumps.
My only complaint, and I seem to be alone on this, is that the turn-in is slower than others out there. Mild complaint for sure.
I'd recommend these to anyone, and buy them again in a heartbeat. I've never heard a complaint on them, other than price, which isn't too bad here at Jake Wilson.
Installed on a 1992 ZX-11, broken in on shorter rides, and then ridden on a 10,000km plus cross-Canada trip in the Summer. Provided great traction in wet weather and high cross wind combinations, not to mention torential rain storms. The Michelin Pilot Road 2 CT's still have 1000's of kilometers of life left. Perform well at faster speeds and more aggressive lean angles, even in cooler temperatures (8 degrees celcius). I filled with nitrogen and they lost about 2psi in 10,000km. These are my street tires from now on!
I ordered this tire for my Harley XR1200 because it is supposed to get better mileage than the OE Dunlop Qualifier. I have about 200 miles on the tire now and it seems to be great, the only thing i need to get used to is the back tire slips a bit easier under heavy braking than the Qualifier, which can be expected with a harder center tread, but other than that it is great in corners and straight line. I hope I can get 6-8K out of it since I only got 3k out of the Qualifier.
I put these on my 2009 R1 since I use it almost daily going back and forth to both jobs and such. I am just over 8000 miles on the rear and the center strip is finally down to the wear bars. Most of my riding is highway with some high speed stuff here and there. I also like to break the tire loose sometimes which I'm sure took some miles off the life of it, not burnouts just break it loose like on take off and such.
Depending on outside temps I usually ride 1-3 times a month on a 300+ ride that includes high speeds, technical turns and everything in between. and these tires grip amazingly well. I say GET THEM!
I have a couple hundred miles. This tire is really solid. I expect it to last me 10,000 miles(I am light weight and ride easy). The warm up time takes a little bit longer than the typically race tire but its so worth it. Once its warmed up it grabs very well.
I got over 6,000 miles on this rear tire on my K1200S (190/50R17), outlasting previous Z6s (non-Interacts) by more than 800 miles. For my riding style and roads I travel, that's a lot of miles. It handles great and didn't provide any exciting moments, especially in the wet. When you first get it, the carcass is very flexible compared to a Metzeler Z6, but it doesn't appear to affect the handling once mounted. Will definitely buy this tire again, especially once the price point is factored in.
Great tire for the Concours 14, if I get 8,000 miles out of this tire I will give it 5 stars. So far I really like how this tire handles. It will pick up 2 psi within 5-10 minutes so it seems to warm up quickly. I would definently buy this tire again.
I have 5500 miles and will get another 1500 or so out of the rear. 7000 isn't bad for the way I ride so these are very durable tires that give me plenty of confidence in the twisties. I am undecided about me next tires, I am eyeing the Shinko Verge 011
After cleaning the slippery garbage off the tire with carb cleaner I took it for a ride. It never has slipped on me during hard acceleration or 2nd gear wheelies. I only have 130 miles on the tire and it feels very similar to the Pilot Power tire, except I do notice it is abit harsher on bumps as I feel them more then before.