New Michelin PR4 front tire

Out with the old. The original OEM Michelin PR4 front tire with 19,289 km on it. For sure, there were a couple thousand kilometres left but we switched it out for a new one

Out with the old. The original OEM Michelin PR4 front tire with 19,289 km on it. For sure, there were a couple thousand kilometres left but we switched it out for a new one.  Note the cupping, which occurred despite diligently adhering to BMW’s recommended front tire pressure of 36 psi.

My good friends Ken M. and Phil H. took a good chunk out of their morning today to switch out a worn Michelin Pilot Road 4 front tire on our 2014 BMW R1200RT.  Thanks Ken and Phil!

This is the original, factory supplied Michelin tire that came with the bike.  Even though the PR4 wasn’t quite down to the wear bars, I decided to switch it out for a brand new PR4 I had purchased last year.

We’re gearing up for a long weekend ride to Cranbrook for our annual Schnitzel Run, and then heading south to Idaho and on to the Seattle area.

With a substantial ride in store and knowing we were going to be riding into Washington State’s rainy, coastal region, I didn’t want to risk riding on a worn front tire.

Brand new Michelin Pilot Road 4 is supposed to be one of the best sport touring tire for longevity and performance in wet conditions

Brand new Michelin Pilot Road 4 is supposed to be one of the best sport touring tire for longevity and performance in wet conditions

The Michelin Pilot Road 4 is one of the best sport touring tires on the market, widely acclaimed for its long life and excellent performance in wet weather.

In the almost 20,000 kilometres I’ve run the PR4s, I’ve never had a single complaint.

However, advances in tire technology never stops, and today, the ‘hot’ sport touring tire reputedly comes from German company Metzeler with their new Roadtec 01, likely the tires we’ll try next.

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