Pilot Road 2CT again

I’ve followed the lead from Chillertek over at The Road to Nowhere blog and had some new tyres fitted. I was very satisfied with the Michelin Pilot Road 2’s that I had fitted at around 2,000kms to replace the disgraceful old school OEM Bridgestones that the Kwaka came with. Well 9,400kms later they still had just a little tread left, especially the front, maybe just enough for the rear to top the 10K kms with, but after my ride in the rain last Saturday I decided to get them changed. I think it’s great that a tyre with so much grip can last so long on a 250+ kg bike. I bought these online ages ago from the USA when the Aus dollar was running at $1.10 against the US dollar. I think that we are getting shafted buying locally when a pair of the Michelins delivered to my door from the US cost the same as the retail price of a single rear tyre here in Oz.

I also had some lovely 90 degree Ariete valve stems fitted. I had these on the VFR800 and they make life so much easier for checking tyre pressures.

I also learnt something interesting, namely how to check the manufacture date of a tyres. Amongst the series of letters on the side of the tyre after the ‘DOT’ is a panel with 4 numbers. The first two numbers indicate the week of the year the tyre was manufactured and the second two numbers indicate the year of manufacture. So the tyre in the pic below was made in the 14th week of 2011.

Also, so far I’ve bought Michelin PR 2’s made in Thailand and some made in Spain. In both cases they were purchased from the USA. They certainly are well traveled tyres by the time they get to me in Australia!


4 thoughts on “Pilot Road 2CT again

  1. I like your 90° Valve stems. That would make it so much easier at the servo to get the bloody hose on there. I usually struggle a bit with them.

    Cheers for the plug Jules.


  2. Nice post Jules and thanks a million for the tyre date info – has no idea! Right-angled valve stems came as standard with the Striple, first time I’ve ever had them and they’re brilliant, aren’t they?

    I’ve never tried Pilot Roads until I fitted the PR3 and I’m impressed as heck with them. As you say, longevity and grip don’t normally go together and that’s what makes Michelins stand apart from other brands,

    • Triumph do some nice stuff standard on their bikes alright. Historically the different brands used to leap frog each other each couple of years with the best tyre. However, Michelin seem to have it nailed for the heavyweight bikes for a while now. My mechanic is quite keen on Pirellis at present though. He and his son do track days on them, but that’s a different application from our usage though etc.

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