When we were thinking of replacing the BT56's, Michelins did pop into the discussion but I have had a long standing distrust of them.
It started about 20 years ago when I first tried a set (can't remember which ones though) but all I can remember is one day at about the half worn mark, they began letting go, just out of the blue. .... Maybe it's just time to forget the past and move on as I am sure technology within Michelin (and all other tyre manufacturers) has got better out of sight,, and that ALL tyres actually change as they wear BUT I just cannot help but get a chill down my spine when the big M is mentioned. I am sure they stick like the proverbial to a blanket but have any of you experienced any of the mid-life crisis I have heard of and experienced first hand...??? You can get some real good deal with Miche's at times, yet I look the other way in fear...
Obviously, if you don't trust a tyre or a brand of tyre then you shouldn't use it.
I'll never argue against a buying decision based on long experience, and since there are many good tyres on the market to choose from at the moment it is relatively easy to match your requirements to a brand -- lots of feedback from lots of riders helps, and brother do you have that here!
Having said that, I must add that since starting on Michelin M59's in 1988 on a Hawk GT (or Bros as they were called in Europe), then the M89's (not as good a tyre as the 59's), and on to the Pilot Roads, the characteristic that I most liked about them was their consistency: if they didn't do something yesterday then they wouldn't do it today, and in point of fact they seemed to get better as they wore. That's over twenty years, many tyres, and 200,000 miles of canyon carving, commuting, and touring.
Hmmmm ... as I was writing this, it occurred to me that most of my racing experience was on lightweights: 250 production, 250 GP, endurance racing KZ/GPZ 550 and 750's, etcetera, and little in the way of hyperhorsepower firebreathers. The 919 is by far the most powerful motorcycle I've ever owned, though not
the most powerful I've ridden by far, and I ride it like it was a lightweight: agressive corner entrances, holding as much speed through corners as I can, but not smoking the tires on exits, so maybe I'm not putting enough heat into the tire to break it down and cause the "mid life crisis" CeeBee describes. Judge what I say in that context and decide if it is applicable to your riding style when making a decision about tyres.