Michelin Pilot Power

    Ranking: #16 Sportbike Street Tire, #20 Sportbike Track Tire

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    Tire/Tyre Description You don’t have to be world champion to get your hands on Michelin® racing tire technology. Pilot® Power tires use a rubber mix that was originally developed for MotoGP racing, and a tread pattern that covers less than 12% of the tire’s surface. The result is a maximum lean angle of 50.6 degrees on dry pavement and 41.9 degrees in the wet, achieved with a stock sportbike. Features include:

    • Rubber compound reaches operating temperature quickly,
    • Incredible cornering grip,
    • Impressive durability for a high-performance tire,
    • Designed for high-performance sportbikes,
    • Suitable for street or track use,
    • MotoGP-derived rubber mix,
    • Tread pattern covers less than 12% of the tire surface, for phenomenal cornering adhesion,
    • Synthetic rubber mix derived from MotoGP tire technology, formulated to maintain consistent performance even at advanced stages of tire wear,
    • 50.6° maximum lean angle in the dry, as measured at the Michelin test track.



    • Quick turn in
    • Strong corner grip 


    • Middle may wear out fast
    • Some report the tire may feel twitchy

    Overall Tire/Tyre Review

    The Michelin Pilot Power is a sport oriented tire. Because of that you get quick turn in, which some people feel makes the tire more twitchy. Some reported the tire wears quickly, especially in the middle. Some have tried to use this tire on the track and did not have good results. Not recommended for a track tire.

    Reviews by Source

    www.motorcycle-superstore.com Front

    112 reviews. 4.7 of 5 stars. On a Suzuki GSXR 750 – tires hold like glue. On a Fazer 1000 – bike handles incredibly well, quick on turns, a little tippy as you begin leaning but likes that. Another reports that the tire heats up fairly quick, provide good feedback, like them better than Bridgestone BT 010 and Pilot Roads. Another reports riding 45,000 miles total on Pilot Power tires, sticks no matter what lean angle, even in NY winters, get 8,000 miles on rear, 10,100 on front.

    www.motorcycle-superstore.com Rear

    Front 69 reviews, 4.6 of 5 stars. Rear 95 reviews, 4.7 of 5. 169 reviews. 4.7 of 5 stars. One rider reported was slower on the track by 6 seconds, did not like wet or dry traction. Another reports that if you ride in the mid to fast B group the tire will lose trip without warning, don’t recommend for the track. On an R1 – makes the R1 handle like it should, one of the best tires on the R1, back does not brake loose. On a Buell X1 – perfect tire for those that like to do wheel stands front and rear.


    On the track, tipped in a bit quicker than the tester preferred, but never felt nervous or twitchy. Took a little bit to warm up, but once warm gripped wonderfully. By the end of the track day they were noticeably worn. On the street, came up to temp quick enough, in dry the tire is confidence inspiring. Once it gets wet they start to feel nervous when tipped in. The tire felt unstable when leaned over on top of pavement irregularities, particularly seams running parallel with the direction of travel-strong enough sensation that the rider stopped to check tire pressure. By 1800 miles tires were down to the wear bars.


    Front. 2 reviews. 9 of 9 stars. Dry traction+wet traction+cornering stability+steering response+noise 9, ride comfort 8, tread life 7. On a Suzuki SV1000s – stick predictably, great in rain, lasted 6,000 miles.

    www.kneedraggers.com Rear Tire

    28 reviews. 4.5 of 5 stars. One rider says sticks like glue, does not stick to cold pavement well. Another got 7,200 miles, great tire for the money. Another says the tires warm up quickly, excellent traction in wet weather, great cornering traction, easy flickability due to the egg shape of the profile, wears out quickly-about 1,000-1,500 kms faster than other tires. Another says great tire, really quick warm-up, long lasting on the street, not great for track day use, don’t last very long. On a 2003 GSX 600R – the best tire they have had on the bike, handles great on smooth and rough surfaces. Another reports 8,000 miles on the tires, never had the tires slip or spin, like them better than Dunlop Qualifiers.

    www.kneedraggers.com Front Tire

    15 reviews. 4.5 of 5 stars. One rider reports great tire for street riding, quick to warm up, great traction in wet, lasts quite a while, great feedback of the road. Another reports tire warms up quickly, has great traction at all lean angles, rode twisties and hard, high-speed turns with a passenger and never once had a problem. Another says good cold grip, very good hot grip, got 4,000 miles, not easy to do but they will overheat, when they break loose it is all at once.


    Quick turn-in, strong corner grip. One person reported the middle wore out fast.


    26 reviews. 4.5 of 5 stars. Not great for track use, but can get very good lean angles on the street. Middle wears quick, so not the best for highway/commuting.


    7 reviews. 5 of 5 stars. On a Yamaha FZ1 – long lasting, holds in the curve like a soft racing tire, can do whatever you want with the tire. On a Kawasaki KLR650 – very good tires, offer a long life while giving great traction. On a Honda CBR600RR – for the price, you can’t go wrong, tread design is simple but works very well, wet traction is phenomenal, got 9,000 miles.

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