Pilot Road 3 'Trail' - Any good off road?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by mrsoup, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. mrsoup

    mrsoup Adventurer

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    I ordered a set of these for my 1200GS. Are these going to handle off road excursions as all? Most of my riding is on pavement but gravel happens from time to time.

    What are the real differences between the 'Trail' and the 'Sport Touring' versions? All that I can tell from Michelin info is that the 2CT is distributed a bit differently? Is there a difference in the compound to allow for better wear when riding off pavement?

    The tread pattern sure looks like it belongs on paved roads, I hope to be pleasantly surprised with their capabilities...

    Any of you have experience with these tires?
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  2. Chat Lunatique

    Chat Lunatique aka El Gato Loco

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    From the Michelin 2012 website PDF, the 2013 version does not have this info, only the 2012 version :deal

    Same XST tread design, but with distribution of the 2CT dual
    compounds optimized for adventure touring

    Fronts seem to be the same for both

    Dual compound differs on rears...

    Sport tour - 20% medium hardness rubber in Center - 40% + 40% softer rubber on sides

    Trail - 80% medium hardness rubber in Center - 10% + 10% softer rubber on sides

    I put them on my pig a month ago and they are remarkable on pavement. Really good grip! I haven`t gone offroad seriously with them yet but they were fine on a dirt and stone road.
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  3. bone13

    bone13 Been here awhile

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    Pilot Road 3 isn't really designed as a off road tire.
    it was designed as a PR3 for a loaded or two-up adventure bikes that rarely leave the pavement.

    ie if your off roading is an occasional gravel driveway or hard packed dirt...
    the "trail" title is to make you feel good that it's actually a street tire on your adventure bike

    if the Anakee 3 is considered a 90% on road 10% off road
    the PR3 Trail would be a 99% on road 1% off road

    the tech data can be found here
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  4. Chat Lunatique

    Chat Lunatique aka El Gato Loco

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    The PR3 Trail was originally marketed as 90% road, 10% off road but I agree with Bone that it really is best on the street, dirt or stone roads. I would not go offroad into the mud with these puppies. Found a link that shows the dual compound difference. The pic is halfway down.

    http://www.webbikeworld.com/Motorcycle-tires/michelin-pilot-road-3/

    As I said before the center of the trail has a wider band of medium hardness rubber. I was hoping this would give the tire better life than the road version which has a smaller stip of medium rubber. Time will tell.
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  5. mrsoup

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    Looks like another winner from Michelin! The wider coverage of the longer wearing compound should make for a good mileage tire, time will tell.

    Reading the reviews solidifies my decision to buy these, I will report back when I wear them out with milage figures.
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