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post #41 of 78 (permalink) Old 09-02-2016, 11:49 AM
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Anyone ever mixed tires? My pilot road 2 front still has plenty of life but I want to put the pp3 on the rear and try it out

You're better off spending the extra $110 to get the front as well. Cheap insurance. Would suck to have all that sweet traction on the rear and a worn tire with less grip in the front while leaned over.



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I typically replace one front for every two rears. Unless you are a highly skilled racer riding 10/10s everywhere, you probably won't even notice any difference in traction. I'm not familiar with the differences between Michelin models, but would imagine mixing them would be virtually transparent. There are probably a few people who have mixed tire brands to no ill effect. Just don't go to the "dark side."




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I'm sticking with the PR4s for my Speed Triple. They are the highest millage tire I've ever had, great in the rain, and I've never run out if grip in a corner in the Hill Country here.

Even so, I only get 5,000 out of them here in Texas because of the chip-seal they use on the roads instead of good asphalt. It's like riding on a cheese grater.
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Anyone ever mixed tires? My pilot road 2 front still has plenty of life but I want to put the pp3 on the rear and try it out

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The Pilot Power would be a sticker tire than the Pilot Road. Normally I would counsel putting the sticker tire up front. Otherwise there is an opportunity for the rears capability to overcome the front. I'm more comfortable if the rear has less traction than the front. Front end slides, even little ones, are a lot scarier than rear slides.
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People mix up tires of different compounds all the time on the track. For a street rider who won't overcome the traction of even the "poorest" tire on the bike, buying them in sets when the front is not worn (or aged out) is silly unless you just want a change. It's not unsafe to mix tires. I have a set of S20 EVOs on my 2008 and will probably replace the rear with an S21 when it wears out as the S21 succeeded the S20 EVO.

That said, the Pilot Power 3 is a different class of tire and to "try them out" would require buying both front and rear.
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I removed Pilot Power 2CT's from my 09 Street Triple and put on a set of Pilot Road 3s for my long trip. 3623 miles later with 2500 of those miles in the mountains of NC, TN, GA, VA, KY, and WV...they performed very well and much better than I expected. The steering was notably lazier on turn in, but once you were heeled over they gave great feedback and grip even loaded up with my traveling gear. Front looks almost new and rear has a bit of a flat spot starting to show due to flat, straight roads in Michigan and western ohio.
Wet grip was very good and dry grip was more than enough to ride very quickly each day. I don't like the front only due to the way it tips in and makes the bike feel heavy...but it performed just fine. I could do a trackday on these in intermediate class no problem and be very quick. In the end...for trips I like them...for hooning around I'll stick to sporty rubber.
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post #47 of 78 (permalink) Old 09-11-2016, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Im leaning towards PILOT POWER 3 my mate just got 18,000ks out of them which is a lot more than i expected
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Ah tyre debates...nearly as much "fun" as oil debates haha. For what its worth, when I picked up my ZX10, it had a Dunlop Roadsmart on the back. I am not a fan of sport touring tyres for my kind of riding anyway, but I am quite impressed with that one. Much better than the PR4, which to me is more a great wet weather tyre. The ZX puts bucketloads of torque through the rear and that tyre grips very well. Will see how it changes with wear (another thing I dont like about the PR series, they do degrade).

On the Triple I still run Sportsmart 2s, a great tyre they are. Maybe I am just a Dunlop man, I dont know...
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Have mine with PP3 front and PR4 rear, im amazed by the PR4 mileage. I have thrown 8000 kms on it and seems almost new and i ride aggressively. Did a couple track days with them and grip is great, knee dragging is not a problem.
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Pilot road 4 or pilot power 3 , 2 completely different tyres but thats where I'm stuck on
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