The thing about tires for me, even though the Michelin PR4GTs cost more, I have always been happy with them on the FJR and on my previous ST 1300. For me they handle well, provide a good ride, and last a long time. Sure, I can find cheaper tires, but what if I'm not happy with them, like I was unhappy with the Bridgestone 023s that came stock on the FJR? (I know the stock BS's were not quality BS's) but the theory is the same. Couldn't wait to wear out those 023's and get a good set of tires on the FJR. Half a summer wasted on crappy tires. I've read responses from guys who tried this tire and that tire and were disappointed in their longevity or performance or the weight it took to balance them. I could spend less for a different tire, be disappointed, and have to live with a crappy tire for 1/2 a summer, when I could have just bought tires I know I liked that cost a little more, but no disappointment for even a minute. Happy riding the whole time. I'm hesitant to go to something I might not like, and wouldn't see it as a savings in that case, but rather a waste of money.
I'm pretty frugal most of the time, but don't mind paying for tires that make me happy to ride on. Now if they were $600 a set, I might be looking for another tire brand. My frugality would kick in at that point I'm afraid lol
2018 Yamaha FJR 1300A
2014 Honda CB1100 DLX
It doesn't matter what I ride, where I ride, how fast I ride, or how far I ride... it only matters THAT I RIDE...EVERY DAY. "Ferret"