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post #1 of 643 Old 08-26-2011, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Michelin Pilot Road 3 - K1600 Experience?

Do any of you have PR3s on your K16? What have you learned? How do they compare?

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The PR3s are much better wearing then the Bridgestones. I have 5000 miles on them so far and have not had a problem with them. Almost all the time on the PR3s were with the bike loaded since they were installed in the middle of a road trip.

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The PR3s are much better wearing then the Bridgestones. I have 5000 miles on them so far and have not had a problem with them. Almost all the time on the PR3s were with the bike loaded since they were installed in the middle of a road trip.
How many miles did you get out of the original tires?

What is your riding style, ie easy cruising like a Harley rider or more emphasis on the sporting aspects of sport touring, etc.

Is the handling any different that you can tell from the originals?

My riding style is with a HEAVY emphasis on sport riding.

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How many miles did you get out of the original tires?

What is your riding style, ie easy cruising like a Harley rider or more emphasis on the sporting aspects of sport touring, etc.

Is the handling any different that you can tell from the originals?

My riding style is with a HEAVY emphasis on sport riding.
I live in Colorado and do like to ride the canyons. On this set of tires the first 1000 miles were easy after that it was a mix of riding with a trip to the Dragon and the Blue Ridge Parkway. I got 5600 out of the front Bridgestone and could have gotten another 2000 out of the back but I would not have been near a dealer. The PR3s are holding up much better.

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PR3s

Just put my PR3s on...

I got 5987 miles out of my rear Z8 - it was worn to the steel (I rode in this morning in pouring rain; the traction control really did its job!). The front had a very strange wear pattern as well - not sure I'd call it 'cupping,' but definitely impacted the corner handling.

The PR3s feel much more planted, although I only put about 60 miles on them riding home today. Turn in is more precise, and once leaned, the bike runs absolutely true (hands free test). Here's a (bad, cell phone) pic of the new rear.



P.S.: My riding is more 'sport' than 'touring' around here... As I wrote earlier, if the PR3s are to the Z8s what the PR2s were to the Z6s (on my K12GT), the PR3s should last about 1.5x as long as the Z8s. We'll see!

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Azari, you are getting some miles under your belt. I'm counting on getting more than 6,000 miles on a set of PR3's for our upcoming ride.

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Azari, you are getting some miles under your belt. I'm counting on getting more than 6,000 miles on a set of PR3's for our upcoming ride.
Man, I hope I can keep up with you long milers... I'm only at 4100 on my Z8s but the front is badly scalloped. I guess I'll shod with fresh rubber if I can make the trip.
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Man, I hope I can keep up with you long milers... I'm only at 4100 on my Z8s but the front is badly scalloped. I guess I'll shod with fresh rubber if I can make the trip.
I'm also at about 4,200 miles and have the same scalloping issue with my front tire. I'm happy to say that the rear will make it close to 6,000 miles. So I will "nurse" the front. And hope for better wear when putting on the PR3's for the Great Northern CA trip.

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Those of you that are experiencing the scalloping, what pressure are you running? 38 psi, 40? I used to get scalloping on my R1100RS (Z4 and Z6) and learned on my second set of tires with my 2004 K1200GT to run at max (42 psi) and it didn't do that.

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I was religiously running both tires at the recommended 42PSI on the bike's TPM. (Typically showed 44PSI on my gauge, when the bike showed 42PSI)

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