Michelin Pilot Road 4 £237
Sizes available: Front: 120/60 x 17, 120/70 x 17, 110/80 x 17, 120/70 x 19. Rear: 150/70 x 17, 160/60 x 17, 170/60 x 17, 180/55 x 17, 190/50 x 17, 190/55 x 17 Weight: 4.5kg front, 6.4kg rear
Michelin say “Outstanding on wet roads, especially when braking, Pilot Road 4s are versatile and long lasting. The 4s will last 20% longer than the Pilot Road 3s and give shorter braking distances in wet conditions thanks to XST sipe technology, while a patented tread pattern and compound ensure optimal grip when cornering.”
TEST RESULTS Comfort 4/5
Not too harsh, not too plush, just like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, these tyres are just right. They smoothed out some of Bruntingthorpe’s gnarliest bumps and kept me isolated from any rough ride. A fairly decent performance, they’re just lacking that special something to make them really stand out.
Front end feel/agility 3/5
Good feel, especially under hard braking, and gave plenty of confidence to push deep into corners with the brake on. However, aggressive steering inputs generated a hint of instability, meaning that I often had to wait for things to settle down at the front before making my next input on the Tracer 700’s controls. That said, at more normal road speeds and a smoother riding style this problem disappears.
Rear- end feel 5/5
These tyres are up there with the best. The rear is predictably good, meaning that you can lean on the rear end and open the throttle nice and early on corner exits. They give a good throttle connection and limitless feeling of grip.
While these tyres are good throughout the speed ranges when upright, they do suffer a little bit of instability during high-speed cornering. In the 110mph left-hand kink here at Bruntingthorpe I was having to physically hold on and manhandle the bike through the corner on a bit of a white knuckle ride, whereas the best tyres on test went through effortlessly.
Good tyres, but definitely more touring focused than sporty. I’d say these are a really good choice for riders who want a comfortable, dependable pair of tyres to see them through year-round commuting duty or a long-distance tour, as they don’t respond well to hard riding, especially not on a Tracer 700.