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Offline Airsafari87

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Michelin Power RS Fitted.
« on: May 13, 2018, 05:16:35 PM »
Having gone through a set of OEM Bridgestone S20's and then S21's I wanted to give something else a try and finally plumped for Michelin Power RS's.

For reference the bike is used for fast road riding, which also includes commuting. I am lucky though in that my commute to work is all fast flowing country roads, so motorway & dual carriage way work has been very very minimal, other than a trip to Oulton Park last weekend with my son as pillion (325 mile round trip)

OEM S20 Front tyre lasted almost exactly 5000 miles. TBH it probably should have been changed about 500 miles earlier as the shoulders had been worn smooth, and were way past their indicators.

OEM S20 Rear tyre lasted approx 3000 miles.

S21 Rear lasted 2000 miles, and again it was shagged on the shoulders just like the front, and the 350 mile almost all motorway trip last weekend seriously squared it off massively which surprised me.

To be honest, I never totally gelled with the S21's. Whilst their wet weather grip was fantastic and really confidence inspiring, I just found them to be slightly lacking in the dry. One thing I really did not like was their strange tendency to, what I can only really describe as `skip' every now and then. First couple of times I put it down to them being cold and sliding (I fitted the tyres in November and rode them all the way through till May) however it happened a few other times when they were definitely warm. It wasn't a suspension set up thing, or road surface thing either. I just couldn't put my finger on what was causing it and it ultimately affected my confidence to really push them.

So on to the RS's

I have only put 25 miles on them since fitting them late last week, but even those 25 miles have been seriously confidence inspiring in their abilities.
Normally I hate `scrubbing in' new tyres and tend to take things pretty easy for the first 50 miles or so, however on the RS's I immediately felt at ease with them. They warm up really quick, transition from side to side a lot faster than the Bridgestones and have even started to grain up nicely already.

For those familiar with the tyre there is 3 bars right on the outer edges of the shoulders. Not sure what their intention is? But it's been a good indicator of just how far over I have been able to get it during the scrubbing in stage, all bars other than the one closest to the outside edge of the tyre has been ridden on, which is testament to how much confidence I do have in the tyre already, I'd normally wait till I had a hundred miles or so on a set before taking a tyre up to its edge.

Given the graining already present, I very much doubt they will last anywhere near as long as the Bridgestones, but for me personally that is not a factor I take in to consideration when buying tyres, and even if they do wear out quicker, Michelin have a nice 30 refund on every set of RS's purchased at the minute  :062:

So that is where I am with them right now, I would be interested in hearing how others have got on with them so far?

Offline Toonleigh09

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Re: Michelin Power RS Fitted.
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2018, 09:17:38 PM »
Got a set the end of last summer for a dry trip to the lakes for the weekend. After that a very wet ride to Oban and this year a  very wet trip to Aviemore. Other than that I haven't done that many miles. Have to agree they are very good even in the wet which I was a bit worried about. However with the trips I have done I should have got some sports touring tyres.....they have squared off pretty badly. Got a trip to ireland in just over a month and think i will need somwthing new. Definitely recommend if you are using them for twisty roads 👍

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Re: Michelin Power RS Fitted.
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2018, 09:28:40 PM »
You squared them off on a trip to the lakes? I can only assume you went via the A1 / A66 rather than Hartside?

I think if you do tend to do more motorway type riding, then something like a PR4 or PR5 would be more suited, but for the type of riding I do these RS's should be spot on.

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Re: Michelin Power RS Fitted.
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2018, 09:53:41 PM »
Ha ha,  Stanhope there and Hartside back  but I think the rain / snow in Scotland didn't encourage leaning the bike over too far. One of the lads doing a track day at croft on Friday and just fitted these, told him he would be more than happy

 


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