I,m too old for this ****!
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
I ride on Michelin MEDIUM race tires, front and rear. I can only compare them to the whatever dunlops that came on my new 2004 R-1 and with the later replacements with Michelin H-2's and later, Pilot Powers. I have not tried 2CT's. My seat-of-the-pants feeling is that I can ride much faster much more comfortably (meaning confidently) with the H-2's and now the MEDIUM RACE than with any of the others. My riding buddies seem to agree that I'm much more fluid and faster on the Race tires. It was harder work riding fast on the Pilot Powers than the RACE tires. After 15 minutes or so of aggresive riding the PP would get greasy and start sliding, and not too predictably at that. I get about 2000-2300 miles out of the rear and 2200- 2500 out of the front from the race tires. The PP's would last about 4000 miles, but the first 500 were no good, and the last 1000 neither. So, 2500 good miles and not as good as the race tires anyhow, which are good from the get go.
Now, for those of you who are reading the whole thing BEFORE jumping on my case, let me tell you that I live in Puerto Rico. A cool day for us is 70 degrees. It is always warm. Even in the mountains, when the air temperature may be 80, the black road surface is at least 90 and probably 110. At my house the temp. has never been below 67, so maybe the heat cycles are not as drastic down here.
In the rain, I don't push it. We have so many sunny days that the occasional rain is a good time to take it easy, particularly considering the rest of the traffic.
I'm not trying to influence anybody to use or not race tires in the street, just relating my own experiences with them. In my area, with my circumstances and riding style they are great. In the frozen North results may be different.
"Speak softly, but ride like hell!"