Miche­lin Pi­lot Road 4 £237

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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.

Sta­bil­ity 3/5

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.

Over­all 15/20

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.

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