MICHELIN® Motorcycle Tire Reviews

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Recent Posts

Chappysteve’s Story

Tire Rating: 5 Stars
Tires: MICHELIN Pilot Road 4
Motorcycle: 2002 Aprilla RSV Mille R
Annual Mileage: 1,000-3,000
Location: S OC, California

I’ve put over 2,500 canyon carving miles on my Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires and some track days. I’ve even logged a good 30miles at the Streets of Willow Springs in standing rain. No matter what I throw at them the tires just keep sticking wanting more. Even in the standing rain the tires didn’t bobble once and were more willing then I was to push the surface limits.

  1. Scoop’s Story
  2. Tire Rating: 3 Stars
    Tires: MICHELIN Commander II
    Motorcycle: 2007 Harley-Davidson FXDWG
    Annual Mileage: 5,000-10,000
    Location: Tappen, British Columbia

    While the handling was very good both the front and rear tires are about shot after 10,000 miles. That’s better than most tires but not what I was told I would get. I’m very diligent about checking and keeping pressures accurate so I’m not sure why these didn’t make the anticipated bench marks.

  3. Biker Brian D’s Story
  4. Tire Rating: 5 Stars
    Tires: MICHELIN Commander II
    Motorcycle: 2003 Yamaha Roadstar 1600
    Annual Mileage: 10,000+
    Location: Phoenix, Arizona

    These are hands down the best tires I have ever used. Insane mileage, 36k on the front and 26k on the rear. I’ve run through a few sets of these and multiples of metzelers and dunlops. I will not be going back to any other tire. Before the Commander II came out, the best mileage I had was on Dunlop Cruisemax, but at only 18k on the front and 16k on the rear. Michelin blows them out of the water. Metzeler was even less than that. I have put on over 500k miles on several bikes and this is my new tire of choice. Excellent life and superb handling, wet or dry these things stick well.

  5. BurrowJ101’s Story
  6. Tire Rating: 5 Stars
    Tires: MICHELIN Commander II
    Motorcycle: 2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager
    Annual Mileage: 10,000+
    Location: Trenton, Florida

    I ride about 25000 miles a year. I’ve run the Commander II tires since the second set of tires on the bike. I have 48,000 miles in just over 2 years. The first set of CII tires, I got 32,800 miles on the rear tire and I changed the front at 30,000 miles as I was getting read for a long trip. I could probably have put another 3-4000 on the front but wanted to be safe. I run 38psi front and 42 psi rear. I don’t hotrod (much) and I’m a very conservative rider. I love these tires. They are awesome in the Florida liquid sunshine!

  7. UnklFungus’ Story
  8. Tire Rating: 5 Stars
    Tires: MICHELIN Pilot Road 4
    Motorcycle: 2005 Honda VFR
    Annual Mileage: 5,000-10,000
    Location: Moorpark, California

    unklfungus-1I did my first track day with mentor’s company, The Total Performance Group and Aussie Dave Anthony, you know AMA Pro, was able to help me out as he was my track coach, one on one at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. I never would have gotten to where I’m at without them. I am a completely different rider now, because of them. The difference is night and day! Mentoring and one on one coaching works. Damn does it work!

    To put it mildly, any reservations or doubts about the performance capabilities of my 05 VFR have been permanently and absolutely obliterated. Any uncertainties I had about the Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires has been destroyed as well. Those tires work fantastically. I know they aren’t track tires, but they don’t. Even when I was hard on the gas coming out of turns and I could feel the back tire sliding a little under power, it never gave me any concern at all. The front tire was nothing but absolute communication. I could literally feel everything going on with it, incredibly hard braking, high lean angle braking into the turn, massive G-Forces mid turn and even in The Bowl which is a long sweeping right hand turn banked 10 degrees, I would be in 3rd gear, full throttle, with the G-Forces crushing me into the bike, the tires held.

    unklfungus-2The bike. Oh man, the bike. Totally stock. Spring at max compression, forks turned in all the way, and even though I weigh too much for the stock setup, it just worked and worked and worked. Excellent acceleration, braking hard enough to stretch my eyeballs, lean angles far enough over to scratch the foot pegs, with the feelers removed, even with me hanging off the bike, almost completely and pushing the bike up, it worked and worked and worked. Braking late enough to pass 5 bikes into the turn, front tire chattering and squealing, it slowed right the hell down and tipped into the turn, it asked for nothing and delivered everything. I could feel the front right to the edge of adhesion, literally knowing that I could hold it right on the razor’s edge and it would stay there all day.

    I may at one time buy a track only bike, but I am never selling my VFR. Running bone stock and these sport touring tires, it left many literally in the dust, as it was windy and blowing a light dust on the track and even with dust and sand blowing across the track, they never slipped. I wanted to put a sign on my back, saying you just got passed by a street bike. I am gobsmacked and smitten with my VFR and these “”sport touring”” tires, that firmly hold on to their sport heritage!