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Michelin Pilot Road 3 vs Road 2

For anyone who has a PR3 on their 919 now, and previously have run a PR2, which one is you preferance? Got a bud running PP 2CT and he LOVES them but says they wear really quick. Looking for the best of both worlds, handling and longevity. Thanks.

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post #2 of 27 Old 02-18-2012, 07:35 AM
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I have 3's now and LOVE them, never had 2's, I don't think you can go wrong either way, the 3's should be a little better in the wet.

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dont think your going to find the 2's but in limited stock anymore. I ran the road 2's on my 919 as my first legit tire and never had any issues, but wear was all on the edges due to compound layout and my agressive 90% twisty riding... so i switched to pilot power 2ct's ... they wear more even but dont last as long (6k fron 3k rear)

If i did any more commuting / striaght / not as twisty riding the road's would be my choice... dad has the road3's on his r1200rt and loves em.

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PR2 vs PR3 $

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Bought from them before free shipping and they rotate stock through pretty quick so you don't get tires that have been on a shelf forever.

PR2s $269.63
PR3s $302.30

Anyone find them at a better price?

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You guys know there is a big difference between Pilot Road 2 (PR2) and Pilot Power 2CT (PP2CT) right?

Just making sure because the conversations above could be confusing to some.

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Yes at least I do. I'm guilty of throwing that in the first post. PP2CTs are not what I'm looking for. PR2s & PP3s are what I'm interested in.

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I have ran PP, PP2ct, Pilot Pure, and now the PR3 I liked them all but milage definatly sucked on the first 3, I love my PR3's they are grippy as all hell and are lasting pretty well

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You guys know there is a big difference between Pilot Road 2 (PR2) and Pilot Power 2CT (PP2CT) right?

Just making sure because the conversations above could be confusing to some.
oh yes big time.

power 2ct has a very wide "middle" compound area with small softer shoulders... something like 15% / 70% / 15% layout.

road 2 / 3 have a skinnier middle compound section... layout of id say 30% / 40%/30%

the numbers are on their site.

IN my case... with the road 2, because im harder on the edges rather than on the center.... the edges wore out very quickly (4.5k mi on the rear) with the center section still having decent amount of life left.... the power 2ct's on the other hand become bald pretty much over the entire rear tire all at the same time right at 3ish k mi.

But like stated, i had no actual problems with the road 2's they were a great tire, gripped really well (tho ill admit gotten much more aggressive since then) only had the rear road 2 slip on me once (without meaning it) and i attribute it due to drastically changed rear suspension settings for the worse.

I will note, that the power 2ct's make the bike feel more planted (one of the first things i noticed when i switched from road 2 to power 2ct) and easier to flick due to the pointy profile.

If your not draggin knee more than once or twice on a spirited romp of the twisties.... the road 2 will be just fine... now if your doing left right left right knee draggin, or left knee drag into wheelie out fun on "The Snake" they might begin to not grip quite enough on a hot day

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I have both, and the Road 3 is much more confidence inspiring on wet roads but seems to sacrifice a tiny bit of dry, hot, weather grip compared to the Road 2.

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Thanks!

Thanks to all for their imput. I am leaning towards the PR2s. I only ride wet conditions when I get "caught" in the rain, which has happened a lot! It always has cracked me up to see motorcycles advertised for sale as "NEVER" ridden in rain! Well,if you have never ridden in rain then you aren't riding. Never had Michelins on a motorcyle, either Metzlers, Avons, or Dunlops. I have Michelin Pilots on my Corvette and LOVE them, so I knew that was the tire of choice for the 919. Thanks again!

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The PR3s are better in the rain

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The PR3s are better in the rain
I read that but I don't ride in the rain intentionally and very rarely do I get caught in rain. Yes it happens, but I ride more dry, hot temps, so based on what I have read here and on Michelins website, I'm going with PR2s.

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I rarely ride in the rain and I went with the PR3's. I'll let you know how I feel about them come spring time.

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i have never been caught in the rain.... i mean cmon i live in socal.... where there are so many warm sunny days you can choose which ones you want to ride on.

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i have never been caught in the rain.... i mean cmon i live in socal.... where there are so many warm sunny days you can choose which ones you want to ride on.

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I had the road 3s on my hawk that thing would stand up on 1 wheel in the pouring rain, when ever you felt like you needed to challange gravity.


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btw just got back from a short ride.... did only 50mi or so in the twisties... was too cold at 60*f for me.


Back to the OP, the road 2 or 3 will be a good tire, if you dont ride tons in the wet stick with the cheaper road 2...

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It's come time for me to get some new tires. I really liked the PR 2cts. I ride year round, rain or shine. I've had them for 2 years and about 10,000 miles and they still look decent, but they dont seem to grip as well as they used to.

So has anyone out there had some experience with the PR3's (since this thread was started) Any thoughts? (based on actual experience) I've liked the PR 2cts so much that it's difficult to bring myself to try something else.

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I don't have a comparison between the PR2 and PR3 but the PR3s (in the rear) have held up real nicely. Logged a couple of thousand miles on them including a track day, they stick. I've ran them in the rain, VERY INSPIRING! I thought the Angel STs did well wet but the Michelin surpasses them.

It was in the high 70s on the track day and I pushed them pretty good, didn't let me down once. I'd say they're perfect for the 9er on the street.

I have a Pilot Power 2CT in the front and the combo works great.

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I have around 5k miles on a set of PR3's, never had them slip yet, including some wet riding. I expect to get another 3k to 5k miles out of them, maybe more, they look around 50% now. I haven't had the PR2's to compare to but I'd assume the wet traction of the 3's is a little better. I'd buy the 3's again.

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