Track tested

BIKE (UK) - - KNOW HOW - Ben Lind­ley

Miche­lin Road 5 Used for: 3 months Price: £236 per pair Info: moto.miche­

Im­pressed, I was, as I whacked open the throt­tle for an­other cor­ner exit one hazy af­ter­noon at Rock­ing­ham Mo­tor Race Track Speed Drome. Im­pressed, be­cause the tyres gen­tly melt­ing be­low weren’t rac­ing slicks. They were sim­ple sport-tour­ing things. Re­mem­ber the Pi­lot Road 3s? They were the first Miche­lins to in­cor­po­rate sipes, those tiny lines in the tyre tread. Two gen­er­a­tions on, and the de­sign has evolved. They’ve toned down the sip­ing (not a real word) to in­crease rigid­ity, and pulled the tread away from the tyre wall. This means bet­ter grip and firmer feel at deep lean. No sign of the early squar­ing off the 3s were in­fa­mous for, ei­ther. Sim­ple sport-tour­ing things? Not so sim­ple af­ter all.

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