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Well....... that would only apply to the OEM tires that came with the bike. 36 psi front is too low, IMHO.
I find 36 cold works pretty good in the front. Pressures don't rise too much when the tire heats. 40 is light and twitchy, too much excitement if I am surprised with a dirty turn.
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Well....... that would only apply to the OEM tires that came with the bike. 36 psi front is too low, IMHO.
Nope. Applies to all tyres in the specified size that you fit to the bike. I find 36 to work very well.
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Since we obviously are not going to agree...


Pop runs 40F/42R. Did that on his '07, does it on his '14.
I run 41/41 on my '15ES


For MY riding style the higher pressure in the front keeps the Michelin's from cupping as quickly. They will all cup/feather/whateveryouwanttocallit eventually but this pressure works best for me. What works best for YOU is up to you. I have been running Michelin PRs since they were just Pilot Roads. Been through the PR2, 3, 4 and now running the Road 5. Ran the same pressures on my Honda ST1300 before this FJR.


Of course Spring is here so for those of us who swap our air with the seasons, it's about time to switch to Summer Air. It's been around 80F here during my ride home from work and the winter air is starting to make the bike handle funny.
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Recommended by Michelin is 36F 42R. More than that compromises grip, less produces bad wear and overheating. Of course this is with cold tires (less than 2 miles driven in the last 3 hours). I use always this setting and I'm reasonably happy with the handling at EOL. I have been riding with Pilot Road 4 GT (Gt mandatory on this bike, meant for the heavy ones) already for several years on my model 2016 and also on my previous model 2004.

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I find 36psi in the front way to heavy and dull and almost feels flat... I run 40 f and 42r
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I run 40/40 or 40/42. I have found, for me and me only, that the most dominant front tire wear/cupping factor is front brake in turns. Behind that is running 36/37 psi. I believe I get a little longer and more uniform wear with 40.
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I have been riding with Pilot Road 4 GT (Gt mandatory on this bike, meant for the heavy ones) already for several years on my model 2016 and also on my previous model 2004.
"GT" is not mandatory at all.

GT is only a tuning preference tire manufacturers offer to motivate customers to open wallets. The load rating is exactly the same as non-GT. Not all manufacturers offer GT-tuned tires, yet the tires are as safe as any for the FJR.

There is more difference between a PR4GT and T31 GT than between a PR4GT and PR4, or T31 GT and T31.

If it was a matter of life and death then Michelin would not have released the Road 5 without a Road 5 GT. As things stand, they are "getting around to it" because they hate to lose the customers they have taught to unquestionably buy a higher priced tire.
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I agree wholeheartedly with N4HHE regarding the GT versions of the tires. I ran both PR4s and PR4GTs with no difference in longevity or grip. I could feel a slightly stiffer ride from the GT but I don't ride well enough or hard enough to detect any difference in handling.


I currently have the Road 5s on my '15ES and I like them pretty well. I don't like them any better or any less than either version of the PR4. I did find that the rear Road 5 is slightly larger than the PR4 in the stock 180/55 size.


The only conclusion I reach from reading the Very Different responses is that each individual should experiment and decide for themselves what pressure works best for their riding style. There are some very, very knowledgeable folks responding to this thread and they don't agree on a Perfect Pressure. The advice is all good, it is up to the OP and the reader to decide for themselves what works.
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"GT" is not mandatory at all.

GT is only a tuning preference tire manufacturers offer to motivate customers to open wallets. The load rating is exactly the same as non-GT. Not all manufacturers offer GT-tuned tires, yet the tires are as safe as any for the FJR.

There is more difference between a PR4GT and T31 GT than between a PR4GT and PR4, or T31 GT and T31.

If it was a matter of life and death then Michelin would not have released the Road 5 without a Road 5 GT. As things stand, they are "getting around to it" because they hate to lose the customers they have taught to unquestionably buy a higher priced tire.


Never used a GT just no point at all but no point in telling people who know better, this forum seems to be getting more and more old wives tales and normally spouted by the loudest voices.
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