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Michelin has recently introduced new radial tires, made specifically for the small displacement sport bike market, called the Pilot Street Radial.

These tires are designed and intended for use on the Honda CBR250R and the Kawasaki Ninja 250/300 motorcycles, as well as future models in the 250/300 sport bike class.

More information here: MICHELIN Pilot Street Radial - Tires On-road | MICHELIN Motorcycle - United States - Motorcycle-website



Michelin Pilot Street Radial tire testing, on the Honda CBR250R...





Dry Braking...


Wet Braking...



Pilot Street Radial (Rear Tire)...







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Check it out there is a video, but honestly it isn't very informative. More of a low budget ad than an explanatory video.


Radial architecture gives incomparable stability and handleability. The sidewalls and tread are independent and therefore have specific characteristics: the sidewalls are flexible and offer greater comfort at high speed by cushioning road surface deformation. The tread, which is in contact with the ground, enables the tire to grip the road. Its contact area is not as long as a bias tyre but wider and offers greater grip when cornering sharply on bends.
 

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Check it out there is a video, but honestly it isn't very informative. More of a low budget ad than an explanatory video...
That video is the very same one that Michelin has on their website page for the PSR (which is linked to in the OP). It's a Michelin factory produced video, and hardly what I would consider "low budget", particularly when compared to the vast majority of amateur videos on YouTube.

For more information on these tires, directly from the source, go to the first post in this thread and click on the link provided.
 

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I pulled this from the Michelin page...



They're really geared towards longevity and value. Comfort seems to be the second highest value. What i do find interesting is these tires are rated for higher wet grip than they are for dry (sol sec). They seem to be a tire geared much towards the commuter market which fits the narrative that they were designed for small sport bikes in mind...
 

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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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This company has some of the lowest prices for motorcycle tires in the U.S.: MICHELIN PILOT STREET RADIAL - American Motorcycle Tire

Their price is $229* for a set of the Michelin PSR's in the sizes for the CBR250R/300R... Retail for the set is $382.


* Price includes ground shipping in the U.S.
 
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I think that with tires it is hard to really get a good understanding of what they ride like unless you actually try them out. @motomike are you planning on actually buying a set of these tires? Have you tried them out?
 

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that is an expensive tire.
The $229 is for a set... both front and rear tires. For a set of radial sport bike tires, that is a low price. If you want to see expensive tires, check out what some of the rear tires for a liter sport bike cost.
 
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@MotoMike, would you happen to know how many miles/kms these tires are expected to last for?
My original rear IRC went 8500 miles (the original front IRC could have gone another 2000 to 3000 miles). Just a guess, but I'd think that these Michelins, being radials, should go at least 10,000 to 12,000 miles on the rear.

The IRC's are Bias-Ply tires, which typically won't last as long as radials.
 
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As well as the quality of the paved roads you ride on. For example, smooth blacktop is a lot easier on tires than what concrete is, and chip sealed roads are especially hard on tires.
 

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RevZilla just did a review of the Street Radials...


not crazy info, but one of the commenters says hes got em on his R15 and LOVES them every curve...
 

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how are the roads by you motomike?

Some are fair, a few that are in good condition, and far too many that are in poor condition. Overall, I have to say that the condition of the road infrastructure in the U.S. is gotten to be pretty poor.
 
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