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Offline bmw_al

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Michelin Road 5 Trail
« on: February 02, 2020, 06:23:44 PM »
Hi folks - just to sat I had a pair of Michelin Road 5 Trail tyres fitted over the weekend.  I had intended to fit Metzeler Roadtech 01, but Pirelli UK didn't have any stock (I think they are about to launch a slightly revised range).
The Michelin Road 5 Trail tyres are road tyres for adventure bikes (I won't go off-road on this Bike so road tyres are ideal for me), and pitted straight at the Roadtec - similar dual compounds, long wearing etc.  Very well reviewed and apparently a smidge faster on the track than the Roadtech's....like that matters to me.

I must say I am delighted with the results - haven't really had the weather to fully exploit their potential as yet, but the Bike feels very sure footed even in damp/wet conditions.  I had forgotten how easily new tyres drop in to turns - oversteered a bit initially!  My rear Scorpion Trail II was certainly a bit squared off, having had these tyres since new, some 8607 miles.

I'm sure the Roadtec's are great - but the Road 5's appear to be at least their equal, so for us "Roady" Mutley owners, another good tyre option.


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Re: Michelin Road 5 Trail
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2020, 07:25:06 PM »
Good to hear they're good. I had the road 4 trails on a previous bike and they were excellent so it doesn't suprise me. Having said that I just booked mine in for tyres and am sticking with the OE Scorpions which I also like.
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Re: Michelin Road 5 Trail
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2020, 10:44:33 AM »
Tyres are an interesting one for me, so this post is good to read.  :152:  From my experience on the OEM Scorpion Trail 2 tyres, they warm up quick, wear well and hold the road nicely. But as this is my first bike, I'm unsure to what else to expect. What would you say the main benefits of going over to the Michelins are over the Scorpions?  :028:
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Re: Michelin Road 5 Trail
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2020, 11:24:31 AM »
Entirely road focussed, multi compound (harder middle softer edges on rear), better for wear (I am told).  If you dont plan to go off road then there is some compromise with the Scorpion Trail 2s.  They are fine tyres but there are better options for the road

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Re: Michelin Road 5 Trail
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2020, 12:12:15 PM »
Hey, but about the Road 5 GT? Did you consider these? I haven't search for differences yet.
I will change mine in 2-3 months and for now I am with the Scorpion ones. I possibly try Michelin because on my Monster I had Pilot Road 4 and Road 5 and they are fantastic tyres!

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Re: Michelin Road 5 Trail
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2020, 12:42:35 PM »
*Originally Posted by Julian [+]
Hey, but about the Road 5 GT? Did you consider these? I haven't search for differences yet.
I will change mine in 2-3 months and for now I am with the Scorpion ones. I possibly try Michelin because on my Monster I had Pilot Road 4 and Road 5 and they are fantastic tyres!

I think we are restricted to the Trail due to the 19" front wheel. Never understood that one, was really annoying on the Tiger too.
Unless I am mistaken, but I don't see it in the sizes unfortunately.

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Re: Michelin Road 5 Trail
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2020, 12:47:53 PM »
Yes, you are right, I didn't see that the 19 are missing. Question solved.

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Re: Michelin Road 5 Trail
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2020, 01:52:27 PM »
Absolutely right as above - Trail for us......

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Re: Michelin Road 5 Trail
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2020, 04:05:24 PM »
*Originally Posted by ducati_al [+]
Entirely road focussed, multi compound (harder middle softer edges on rear), better for wear (I am told).  If you dont plan to go off road then there is some compromise with the Scorpion Trail 2s.  They are fine tyres but there are better options for the road

Thanks Ducati Al. I noticed the Scorpions are Bi-compound also. But the tread pattern will differ a bit for more road biased tyres. Does make sense to have a more road biased tyre if your not doing any off road. Not that i intend on taking my bike off road, but once in a blue moon i have gotten to take it off the tarmac. And knowing me, if someone tells me i couldn't get it down a green lane, my stubbornness will take me down it anyway.  :156:
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