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Old June 18th, 2014   #211
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1) Jeff, you can only hope that your mind never gets twisted enough to follow my mental gymnastics. Suffice it to say that an image of a grown man and a tire, neither of them wearing clothing was not pleasant.

2) I also ordered a set of PR4 GTs today. I have gotten wonderful service out of my PR3s, hands down the best tire I ever ran. I am sitting on about 9K miles and still have lots of tread left. There is very little evidence of the scalloping wear pattern that has plagued every single motorcycle tire I ever ran.

However, I MAY be leaving on the 4th or 5th of July on another Best Trip Ever. I am not willing to sacrifice any time to replacing worn out tires on the road. I am willing to throw away 3 or 4 thousand miles worth of tread for a little peace of mind.

I sure hope the PR4s are as good as the PR3s.
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Why are the PR3's the best tire you ever ran?

Simply asking as I'm out of 020's and the hunt is forced upon me.


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1) Jeff, you can only hope that your mind never gets twisted enough to follow my mental gymnastics. Suffice it to say that an image of a grown man and a tire, neither of them wearing clothing was not pleasant.

2) I also ordered a set of PR4 GTs today. I have gotten wonderful service out of my PR3s, hands down the best tire I ever ran. I am sitting on about 9K miles and still have lots of tread left. There is very little evidence of the scalloping wear pattern that has plagued every single motorcycle tire I ever ran.

However, I MAY be leaving on the 4th or 5th of July on another Best Trip Ever. I am not willing to sacrifice any time to replacing worn out tires on the road. I am willing to throw away 3 or 4 thousand miles worth of tread for a little peace of mind.

I sure hope the PR4s are as good as the PR3s.

sounds great, where are you going?
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Why are the PR3's the best tire you ever ran?

Simply asking as I'm out of 020's and the hunt is forced upon me.


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I really liked the BT-020s, both on my ST and on Dad's FJR. They were the OEM tire on both bikes.

The BT-021s were garbage, the front was especially junk.

The PR2s were like a gift from Heaven... The traction was very good and in the Wet and Rain it seemed to almost get better. I ride in the rain a good bit and wet weather traction is Very Important to me.

But, the PR2s wore funny, the front would scallop and get noisy. This was small price to pay for the Goodness that was there until...

The PR3s were everything the PR2s were but without the goofy wear pattern on the front and the squaring off on the rear. For my "Old Fat Guy" riding style, they have been perfect. The only loss of traction is when leaned over and too much throttle is applied Deliberately. In other words, the rear only spins when I make it spin.

Of course the more aggressive riders tend to wear the soft edge compound of the PR3 out pretty quickly. I have about 9K on the PR3s now and they still look pretty fresh. I almost think I could use them for another 5-6K miles but... I will not risk it.

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HOPEFULLY! Leaving South Louisiana, passing through North Louisiana, into East Texas, Up through Amarillo Texas. Crossing into New Mexico, then heading almost due West across Northern New Mexico to Shiprock. Then a long loop through Colorado and Back Home.
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I really liked the BT-020s, both on my ST and on Dad's FJR. They were the OEM tire on both bikes.

The BT-021s were garbage, the front was especially junk.

The PR2s were like a gift from Heaven... The traction was very good and in the Wet and Rain it seemed to almost get better. I ride in the rain a good bit and wet weather traction is Very Important to me.

But, the PR2s wore funny, the front would scallop and get noisy. This was small price to pay for the Goodness that was there until...

The PR3s were everything the PR2s were but without the goofy wear pattern on the front and the squaring off on the rear. For my "Old Fat Guy" riding style, they have been perfect. The only loss of traction is when leaned over and too much throttle is applied Deliberately. In other words, the rear only spins when I make it spin.

Of course the more aggressive riders tend to wear the soft edge compound of the PR3 out pretty quickly. I have about 9K on the PR3s now and they still look pretty fresh. I almost think I could use them for another 5-6K miles but... I will not risk it.



HOPEFULLY! Leaving South Louisiana, passing through North Louisiana, into East Texas, Up through Amarillo Texas. Crossing into New Mexico, then heading almost due West across Northern New Mexico to Shiprock. Then a long loop through Colorado and Back Home.

very cool I did something like that last year, from CT to Tenn. than Colorado, 10 days up there, than Sturgis and back home through Canada


Here is a video that compares PR3 and PR4
http://youtu.be/gGD6HLdNcW4
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Be advised.
Assayii Lake is on fire as of last night there was zero containment.
North of Gallop on the rez and southern winds, we are having those, will blow this fire toward Shiprock.
491 north out of Gallop could be subject to closure.
Not just on the rez but on land considered by the tribe to be sacred a spare no expense effort is underway.
Accommodations in Shiprock, if any, could be affected.

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I'm resurrecting an old, yet constant , thread. I just bought another set of Bridgestone 020's, I currently have over 15k miles on the first set. I'm not a super aggressive rider, or a conservative rider either, but 15k miles?! I'll stick with a product that delivers longevity, good cornering (I'm consistently hitting 30 mph curves at 50 plus), and good stopping power.
I am by no means an expert on motorcycles, but they work for me, and the kind of riding I do.
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I now have just over 100 miles on the PR4GTs. So far so good.

This is not long enough to have any real impressions but I like them already. I will post up some thoughts after I return from Out West. I should have another 3500+ miles on them by that time.
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just put a pilot road 4 on the st. i am no expert but i like it. spendy bugger thru dennis kirk
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Leaving in the morning on a 3600 mile trip with the PR4s. Will report on them when I return.
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