As someone who uses their bike as both a long-distance commuting tool and for weekend fun, I needed a set of tyres to suit both. Step forward the Michelin Road 5s, the French firm’s latest sports-touring tyre.
After testing these in both wet and dry conditions in Spain at the world launch, I was curious to see if their impressive wet weather grip and aggressive cornering ability still rang true on England’s drizzly springtime roads.
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And after 3000 miles of motorways, back roads and urban exploring on my Suzuki SV650X, I’m pleased to say they offer loads of confidence when cornering and braking in the wet, as well as ample toe-dragging grip in the dry. This is due to clever dual-compound technology which uses a harder centre for longevity and softer shoulders for sporty cornering grip.
After 3000 miles, they’re still showing plenty of life although are beginning to square. Also, with particularly aggressive riding (not what they were designed for, admittedly) the front end has been known to skip across the road surface slightly.