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Pilot Road 5 or 5GT?

I need some new tires for my 12S. Would a Pilot Road 5 be better than a 5GT??
I see the GT is meant for heavier bikes, but what is a heavier bike??? The 12S??

I never carry a passenger but will carry luggage, maybe 40lbs??
Spirited two lane travels are what I like to do.

Any suggestions??

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I picked up a razor knife blade in my (R12s) rear PR5 and because I only had 2.5k I opted for the Pirelli Angelís. I got a pair for less than a new rear PR5. They seem to be a little less grippy when theyíre cold, but other than that, Iím very happy with them
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I need some new tires for my 12S. Would a Pilot Road 5 be better than a 5GT??
I see the GT is meant for heavier bikes, but what is a heavier bike??? The 12S??

I never carry a passenger but will carry luggage, maybe 40lbs??
Spirited two lane travels are what I like to do.

Any suggestions??

Cheers

PR 4/5 GT are usually used for touring bikes such as RT, on-road going GS/As and similar. I have 4GT on my LC GSA and have been ie. still am extremely happy with its performance dry/wet and exceptional tire wear. Once it wears out, I'll try 5GT...

Either 5 or 5GT should work great on R12S and both 190/50 and 190/55 are available so pick your "poison"...

Otoh, my R12S still wears a set of Pilot Power 3CTs as PPs were sportier tires back coupla years ago than PRs so I'd think that there's equivalent to be tried out too - ymmv...

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12S is a very light bike. I would avoid the 5s due to the stiffer sidewalls.

I'm using Power RSs right now but you probably don't want those or you'll be changing
your rear mid trip...

I was really impressed with the PR2s when I had them. Long lasting and really good
grip once they heat up. A lot more than I expected and I pushed them really hard
(before kids ).

I don't know much about the 3s or 4s except that the 4 I think is good in the wet.

I didn't like the Bridgestone S21s. Just never felt comfortable with them.
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Had PR4’s and they were a good all around tire, very competent in all conditions but not super grippy in the twisties, lasted about 6k miles. Running Pirelli Angel GT’s because I picked up a pair for $149.They are noticeably better on the mountain roads I live on but have not ridden in the wet with them. Have read good things about the PR5 but can’t imagine why you’d want the GT’s they are for cruisers not a sport bike like the 12s. Would probably ride like rocks.
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I imagine the PR5GT might be heavier than the PR5.
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Thanks guys.......I'm gonna try the PR5's, not the GT model.
I had a buddy that has a similar riding style run the Angel's and at first was very impressed, but has gone back to the Michelins.

So many variables, so little time!

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I've run both GT and non-GT on my R1200RS. I think the non-GTs ride a little better, but I'm about install another set of GTs, due to a great deal I got on a set, without hesitation. Your R12S will go down the road with either flavor.

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Thanks Jeff.......PR 5's have been ordered.

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I have the Pilot Road 5's. Love them. Really happy with the feedback.

Accidentally had the GT version of the 4's. Not so happy. Better when I ran lower pressure but the 5's have nicer feedback.
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Regular PR5's are ordered. I always ran 32F and 36R on my PR2's and Pilot Powers, do these pressures still work on the 12S and 5's for spirited riding??

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I've always run with 32F and 36R (cold) on my PR2's, 3's, 4's so i'd stick to that..run the same pressures in Dunlop Alpha's on HP2.

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