Join Date: Oct 2013
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I think these Pilot Street Radials are very much designed as a premium sport touring tire for small sport bikes. While there are other tires on the market which are "stickier", and more performance oriented for track day use, I think Michelin saw a market niche for a premium sport touring radial tire for these small displacement sport bikes, a niche that really hasn't been previously filled. The IRC Road Winner tires that are OEM on the CBR250R are of Bias-Ply construction, with a decent life-span in terms of mileage, but offering little in the way of inspired performance as compared to other tires in the category. Where the IRC's could be described as utilitarian, these new Michelin's appear to be a significant step up from the IRC's in terms of everyday street performance, while retaining good longevity/higher mileage characteristics that the "grippier-stickier" competitors like Bridgestone and Pirelli simply don't have.
I'm planning on trying a set of these Michelin PSR's on my CBR250R next time around... I think they should suit the kind of riding I do.
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