Tire replacement time – Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT ‘done’ at 16,468 km

Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT rear tire. Wear bar now showing. Tire has run 14,468 km

Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT rear tire. Wear bar now showing. Tire has run 14,468 km

It’s time to replace the trusty Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT rear tire on our 2014 BMW R1200RTW.

This rear tire has just (barely) hit the wear bars, and has lasted an admirable 16,468 km.  While some of my ‘frugal’ riding friends would likely push the tire another couple of thousand kilometres, I’m not that brave.

The Michelin PR 4 GT was the OEM tire that came with this bike when I bought it in 2014.  The first PR4 GT was replaced at 14,600 km, so this latest tire lasted a bit longer.  (I’m a ‘touring’ rider, riding solo all the time, and am not aggressive with the throttle.)

I’ve been absolutely happy with the Michelin tires.  In extreme wet weather, they are absolutely confidence inspiring, and have never given me cause for concern when riding in the rain.  I like that, a lot.

Now, I’m shopping for a new set of tires, and am currently short listing another set of Michelin Pilot Road 4 GTs and the Metzeler Roadtec 01.

And while the front tire has only some 10,00 km on it, I’ve decided to replace both tires in the next week.

Interestingly, I’ve checked out PR4 GT and Roadtec 01 prices online at Fortnine (formerly Canada’s Motorcycle Store) against U.S. online mega-store Revzilla and find the advertized prices for tires are actually higher in the U.S. when converted to Canadian dollars, plus you have to pay shipping from the U.S.  Fortnine offers free shipping in Canada for orders over $49 Cdn.

But before I buy the tires, I’ll check with my local retailers.  If they come close in price, I’ll buy locally.


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