Re: Michelen Pilot Sport win [i]BIKE[/i] comparo
In this month's issue of BIKE (about the greatest monthly collection of motojournalism in the world IMO), the OEM Michelen Pilot Sport won a five way (or was it six...) shootout among sporting rubber contestants.
Yes, the tests were at least somewhat subjective in that they are the findings of a lone tester, but they did attempt to make it as empirical as possible by measuring tire temps, lap times, and emergency braking distances. They also considered apparent wear at the end of each session.
Very compelling was that BIKE's subject tester is known for disliking Michelen motorcycles tires, having recently suffered a crash (or some other unstated mishap) while riding a Michelen-shod bike. It was a single-blind test in which he didn't know from one tire to the other what he was riding on, but he scored the Pilot Sports best.
I know there are some anti-Michelen guys here on our beloved board, but I've liked my Pilot Sports from the first time I experienced them on my new 954. I just thought I'd pass along the intel as I found it interesting...