The RT’s Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT rear tire is ‘done’ at 14,600 km

The original Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT rear tire hit its wear bar at 15,600 km

The original Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT rear tire hit its wear bar at 15,600 km

Just how long do motorcycle tires last?

The flippant answer is, “Not long enough.”

With 14,600 km racked up on our 2014 BMW R1200RT’s original equipment 180/55ZR17 Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT rear tire, the wear bars signaled the rear doughnut had performed its duty, and the end had come.

I really like the Michelin Pilot Road 4 GTs (the ‘GT’ designation differentiates this tire from the non-GT labeled version and is intended for the ‘heavier’ duty sport-touring bikes like the RT, which are more likely to be ridden 2-up and loaded with luggage.)  the PR4 GTs are quiet, excellent in the rain, have a ‘neutral’ steering feel so the bike tips into the corner and neither feels like it wants to ‘fall’ in or stand up.

I bought the matching 120/70ZR17 front Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT tire and 180/55ZR17 rear tire at a local powersport retailer, who priced the tires only a few percentage points higher than a major online Canadian seller.

(Interestingly, with the low value of the Canadian dollar, buying motorcycle tires from Canadian sources is actually less expensive than buying the tires in the U.S. after you factor in the exchange rate, added cost of shipping, and brokerage fees.)  That made us more than happy to support a local powersport retailer.

New Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT 180/55ZR17 rear tire for 2014 BMW R1200RT

New Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT 180/55ZR17 rear tire for 2014 BMW R1200RT

If you read online BMW R1200RT forums, the Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT is widely favoured over other brands. RT owners are happy with the PR4’s relatively long tread life, dry road cornering abilities and wet weather performance. I agree.

Thanks to my riding buddies Ken and Phil for expert abilities in wrangling on the new rubber.

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