We had a proper ball riding Michelin’s new Pilot Power RS tyres on track in Qatar a few months back. But how are they on normal UK roads? Well, we’ve been finding out for the past couple of weeks, and the results are pretty impressive.
Fitted to the Visordown/BSN long-term Ducati Monster 1200, the RS rubber shows no signs of being a highly-strung race-replica tyre, suited only to hot and dry track use. Rather, on the road, they deliver fast warm up and pleasantly stable handling, while still giving stacks of grip and feedback.
The RSs replaced a rather worn pair of OE Pirellis, so it’s not surprising that they felt much sharper-steering from the off when fitted. But that agile feel from the front in particular is never nervous or twitchy: once you get used to it, the Monster gets a whole new level of nimbleness.
I’ve not tried them in proper rain yet (but I will, no doubt…). But on a damp day the other week, the Monster felt really sure-footed, without having to rely on the safety net of its (extensive) electronic rider aids package.
A friend of ours has tried these recently too, and while he also found they worked an absolute treat, they did get rather moollah’d after 2k hard miles. So if you’re looking for something for a round-the-world ride, they might not be the best option.
But, considering their awesomeness on track (they were fabulous for road tyres in Qatar), and sound manners on the street, we’re happy to give these new hoops two thumbs up. Definitely worth considering for a sporty road rider who ventures on track from time to time.