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Thread: 09 R1200 RT Michelin Pilot Road 3 New Tires

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    Ran a pair on my Aprilia and really, really liked them. As others have said - good wet weather handling, good grippiness, and better than average wear. I will be putting a set on my '12 RT when it needs new shoes.
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    Another plus one for the Pilot Road 3.

    I just replaced mine with 3/32 inch of tread at 12,000 miles. My 2005 R1200RT handled the curves and wet roads great with this tire. If you ride two-up get the B rated tire otherwise you can use the regular or the B. Michelin told me that it would not have any different tread life for the solo rider.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treindle 2009 View Post
    Needing new tires soon on 09 1200 RT. Looking at Michelin Pilot Road 3s. Anyone have any experience with them on the RT?
    My 2010RT came with Conti Road Attack's, I didn't like them. I thought they were a little too quick handling for me. Same as the Z8's. I like the more neutral handling PR3's, and they wear longer. My riding style is pretty moderate.

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    I like them better than the PR2s that came with the bike, but they got noisy after about 4K miles. I have 7500 on them now and I should get another 2-3K on them, which is as good or better than the PR2s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by treindle 2009 View Post
    Needing new tires soon on 09 1200 RT. Looking at Michelin Pilot Road 3s. Anyone have any experience with them on the RT?
    Excellent tire!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7536 View Post
    My 2010RT came with Conti Road Attack's, I didn't like them. I thought they were a little too quick handling for me. Same as the Z8's. I like the more neutral handling PR3's, and they wear longer. My riding style is pretty moderate.
    +1. The handling was greatly improved and they have delt with rain and snow with no issues.

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    Put them on my R1200GS and love them, ride 2up a lot and have almost 6K and still look good?. when time I will put them on again? great in the rain and dry? spend time on the Dragon, and the Snake 421? and all I said after was love this tires!!!

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    Another Happy Rider with the PR3's

    On our 2nd set here, run 40 up front and 42 in the rear 100% of the time 2 up or not.

    1st set lasted 15,500 miles, 2nd set at 9,400 miles and expecting them to last just as long.

    PR3's in my experience is an Excellent overall performer especially for the RT

    08RT with almost 60,000 mile of SMILES


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    So where is the best place and price to get a set?

    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by tgf429 View Post
    So where is the best place and price to get a set?...{snip}
    Please see post #4 in this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tgf429 View Post
    So where is the best place and price to get a set?

    Tom
    Have you tried your local dealer? Many dealers are hurting and most of them will appreciate your business. So many motorcycle folks have gone out of business over the past 4 years it is probably not beneficial for the customer base to lose that dealer. BMW NA has forced many of them into facilities that are extremely expensive. BMW is nothing more than a niche market trying to support the "castle" now. You'll probably pay more for the tires but if necessary see what you can work out with them if anything.

    South Florida is an excellent example of what not to do. The BMW dealer closes shop maybe 7 to 9 years ago in Boca Raton, Florida well before the financial crisis. BMW doesn't even declare an open point for a number of years I think it was and then proceeded to make the store requirements so strict you would be out of your mind to venture forth. The result...? For years there has been no BMW dealer between Ft Lauderdale and Orlando and Daytona. This turns out to be an approximate 250 mile distance. I fail to see how this is beneficial to current BMW owners much less prospective owners.

    Long story short... try to purchase from your local dealer if at all possible.

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    I am just glad to have something on my bike without Bridgestone on it. I first put RP3 on the rear, then the front. Not impressed with the mileage on the rear tire, I have about 6K on the rear now and I am hoping it survives the rally I am in this weekend. The front seems to be wearing evenly with no cupping issues like I had on the 2 Bridgestones I used before.

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    Pilot Road 3's & Avon Storm 2 Ultra's

    Quote Originally Posted by Inga2011 View Post
    I am just glad to have something on my bike without Bridgestone on it. I first put RP3 on the rear, then the front. Not impressed with the mileage on the rear tire, I have about 6K on the rear now and I am hoping it survives the rally I am in this weekend. The front seems to be wearing evenly with no cupping issues like I had on the 2 Bridgestones I used before.
    IMO Pilot Road 3's are an excellent tire especially in area's where you have the twisties. But they are not necessarily a long mileage tire. Now if you live in an area such as South Florida where the only turns consist of exit and entrance ramps onto interstates I personally think Avon Storm 2 Ultra's are a better choice. Not as widely promoted as Michelin's for sure but Avon has been in the business for decades and those Storm 2 Ultra's seem to hold up pretty well mileage wise with good cornering capabilities to boot.

    In addition, make sure you're checking your tire pressure at least 2 times a month. In my declining years I seem to forget more and more so I have my own method of remembering to do the air: the 1st and the 16th of the month are my air days. Why do I remember the 1st and the 16th? The beginning of each month is obvious but the 16th? No clue really I just know it works for me! Season to taste. But do it religiously.

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