Michelin Pilot Road 2

    Ranking: #9 Sport Touring Tire

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    Tire/Tyre Description

    Until now, you had to make a choice: the grip of a softer tire – or the durability of a harder tire? But thanks to Michelin 2CT dual-compound technology, MICHELIN® Pilot® Road 2 tires offer both grip and durability in one tire. By integrating a soft rubber compound on the tread shoulders with a wear-resistant compound down the middle, Michelin gives you the best of both worlds. The Pilot® Road 2 tire is like two tires in one.

    • Best combination of wet grip and tread life of any comparable tire, confirmed in independent testing*
    • Rider confidence in challenging conditions
    • 12 sizes covering 94% of all sport touring radial fitments
    • The only dual-compound tire in the sport touring segment
    • Innovative front and rear tread designs
    • Winner, 2009 Motorrad and Moto Revue sport touring tire tests
    • 180/55 ZR 17 rear also available in a ‘B’ version, specifically designed for loaded sport touring or riding two-up.



    • Good handling wet and dry
    • Relatively long tire life
    • Dual compound good for mixed highway/twisty riding 

    • Slightly reduced road feel at moderate lean

    Overall Tire/Tyre Review

    The Michelin Pilot Road 2 is one of the top tires for sport-touring bikes. Overall the reviews are quite positive. Tires handle well in dry and wet and have long tire life. A number of riders list these as their favorite tires. Good combination of tread life and sticky grip. As compared to the Z6 the handling is more neutral. Multiple reviews of 10,000-12,000 miles on a sport tourer. If you have tried the Z6 and didn’t like it try this tire. Multiple reviewers say they like the Michelin Pilot Road 2 better than the Metzeler Z6.

    Reviews by Source


    Reviewed through about 300 miles. The reviewer said it seemed to take some time for the tire to scrub in but once done it handled well.


    Rear. 16 reviews. 9 of 10. Dry traction+cornering stability+ride comfort+noise+tread life 9, wet traction+steering response 8. 10,831 total miles. On a Honda ST1300 – love the sticky grip, wet weather is excellent. On a Honda ST1300 – good handling wet and dry, likes the turn in. On a Suzuki GSXR 1100 – these are the best street tires I hav ever used, all the tire you will ever need, even did a track day on the tires. On a Kawasaki ZX-14 – tires are excellent in the wet and dry, instills confidence no matter what the weather, hard center for long hauls, soft sides for Alpine roads. Another says these are the longest and best wearing tires ever had. Front. 13 reviews. 9.7 of 10. Dry traction+cornering stability+tread life+wet traction+steering response 9.5, ride comfort+noise 9. Average total miles 12,639. On a Honda ST1300 – love the sticky griip, wet weather is excellent. On a Honda ST1300 – good handling wet and dry, likes the turn in. Another says these are the longest and best wearing tires ever had.

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    80 reviews. 4.6 of 5 stars. On a Nighthawk 750 – tires grip on rough or smooth pavement, with long mileage. Another says they used 2 sets of Metzeler Z6s prior, wet and dry grip is noticeably better with PR2, bike corners like it never has. On a 2004 BMW R1150RT – replaced Z6 which fell into corners, PR2 is more neutral. On a Yamaha FZ1 – great stability in high speed riding, low speed riding, and while turning, hold a line, amazed at grip for a sport-touring tire, wet traction exceeded expectations, expect to see 8,000 miles from the tires.

    www.motorcycle-superstore.com Rear

    Front 69 reviews, 4.6 of 5 stars. Rear 95 reviews, 4.7 of 5. 113 reviews. 4.6 of 5 stars. One rider reports not quite as flickable as some tires, grip is amazing. On a Honda ST1300 – 12,000 miles, feels very stable, in 250 miles went from looking OK to cord. On a DRZ400SM – sticky, more stable in corners. On a 2008 CBR 600RR – get 10-12,000 miles, handle well in rain, sun and track. On a 2003 Yamaha R6 – break in time was short, grip all the way to the edge, wear is even. Another reports had used M3 with great trip, Z6 which lasted longer, feels the PR2 has the best of both worlds.


    19 reviews. 4.8 of 5. Better treadwear than Avon in the center. More confident on wet with PR2 vs Michelin Z6. Strong corner traction. PR2 better than Pilot Road in wet. Good turn-in.


    Review of PR2 as a sport bike tire. From the reviewer: ‘I avg. 2200 miles on a PP rear and after going through 25 rears I just had to continue my search for the holy grail (grip and wear). I have tried the original Pilot Road ( HATE them!!!), Dunlop Qualifier(so so),Dunlop 204/205′s(semi suck), BS 020′s(ok), BS 010′s (decent),Diablo Corsa( great tire 1500 miles), Corsa III’s (nice, short wear), Diablo Strada ( my favorite ST tire), but I only got 2500 miles out of it and after about 50% worn I would get an occasional slip from the rear. Just wasn’t worth the loss in confidence for a few hundred more miles so I stayed with PP’s as I couldn’t find a better overall tire for the buck!’. Saw 40-60% improvement in mileage, did not turn in as quick as Pilot Power, but good grip and confidence.


    FJR 1300 review of Pilot Road 2. FJR owner said better lean-in with PR2 vs BT021. ST1300 owner said better turn-in with BT021 vs PR2. FJR owner was getting 6k miles on BT021 and getting 8-10k on PR2.


    Nice, comprehensive review of the Pilot Road 2. Praised the wet handling over the Pilot Road.


    PR2 improved handling, turn-in of Concours 14 test bike.


    Track times showed 3 second difference in wet lap times of Pilot Road, 3 seconds slower than Pilot Road 2.

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