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Road 5 is not meant for the FJR unless you weigh 90lbs. Actually, it's just not meant for the FJR.
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Road 5 is not meant for the FJR unless you weigh 90lbs. Actually, it's just not meant for the FJR.
Agreed. If the manufacturer tells you to use a different tyre in their range - and you donít listen to them - no one else to blame really is there...

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@Cherryriver I have enjoyed running the Michelin Power RS on a couple of SV650 bikes I have.

AnSV650 is, what, more than 200 lbs lighter and about half the horsepower?

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Well since the Road 5 was marketed as the successor to the Pilot Road 4 and since the Pilot Road 4, the Pilot Road 4GT and the Road 5 in 190/55 all have a load index of 75...

And since all of the local dealers stopped stocking the PR4s and PR4GTs in favor of the Road 5 that was "the new Sport Touring Tire" from Michelin...

I blame the tire. I purchased based on the information I had.

I have had excellent service from Michelin in the past and expect my next set will be Pilot Road 4s or 4GTs. But it will not be a Road 5.
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Well since the Road 5 was marketed as the successor to the Pilot Road 4 and since the Pilot Road 4, the Pilot Road 4GT and the Road 5 in 190/55 all have a load index of 75...

And since all of the local dealers stopped stocking the PR4s and PR4GTs in favor of the Road 5 that was "the new Sport Touring Tire" from Michelin...

I blame the tire. I purchased based on the information I had.

I have had excellent service from Michelin in the past and expect my next set will be Pilot Road 4s or 4GTs. But it will not be a Road 5.
The funny part is, you’ve used a tyre that Michelin don’t recommend for the FJR and think the fault lays with anyone or anything other than your own choice.

“Gotta find someone else to blame coz I can never be wrong!”

Michelin DO recommend the PR4GT for the FJR. Not the Road 5. So maybe now you know why...

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I love me some PR4GTís. Thereís the odd Road 5 on the back right now because it was handy. Holding up well so far. But itíll be another PR4GT that replaces it.

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"AnSV650 is, what, more than 200 lbs lighter and about half the horsepower?"
435lbs and about 65-70hp. A feather by comparison.
My local Yamaha dealer has a supply of 4GTs I expect to take advantage of.
The front one just replaced went 11,500mi, the furthest I've ever gone on a tire on any bike. The steering got a bit weird for the last thousand, but still.

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The funny part is, youíve used a tyre that Michelin donít recommend for the FJR and think the fault lays with anyone or anything other than your own choice.

ďGotta find someone else to blame coz I can never be wrong!Ē

Michelin DO recommend the PR4GT for the FJR. Not the Road 5. So maybe now you know why...
The Funny Part is that according to the information I had access to the Road 5 WAS recommended for the FJR. The marketing you see in Australia may be different from what we see here in the U.S.

My Yamaha dealer and my local Cycle Gear, the two places I buy tires for my FJR are STILL pushing the Road 5 as THE tire for the FJR.

I actually take a lot of pride in being honest when I make my mistakes. I am using this thread as an opportunity to help other folks, to help these folks make more informed choices. You on the other hand, seem to be using this as an opportunity to insult and ridicule someone who made a purchase based on the best information he had at that time. That's neither helpful nor friendly.

I actually do have over 7100 miles on the Road 5s at this point and they still grip very well. They just look like crap.

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I just now went to Michelin website, entered my bike info, 2018 FJR, and the only tire it showed was the PR4GT.
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Marketing is heavily into propaganda. Make a special model of tire then set the price higher for the more expensive motorcycle you are targeting. Use F.U.D. to instill fear that one must obey edicts from Marketing.

A Michelin GT is a tuning preference. As Redfish observed the load rating is exactly the same for GT, A-Spec, or HWM.

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