My feeling is that the relatively light weight of the RT puts it on the border line of needing the extra sidewall stiffness of the GT versions. Riding mostly two up or solo with lots of gear, I'd go for the GT. The base model is fine for solo use. I think the extra stiffness is just there to reduce tire deflection and heat buildup, it doesn't do necessarily anything for tread mileage.
I agree with this 100%.
I do in fact watch for tire PSI rise as an indication of too low of pressure or carrying a lot of gear.
If it goes up more than 3 PSI then I start thinking through what may cause that.
I will look for close outs or sales of PR3. Sorry to hear they have discontinued it but I guess too many Pilot Road Pick A Number running out there.
My issue is if you rate a tire for speed and weight, you should not have to pay more to get the one that "really" is weight and speed rated for those designations.
Not rated for a bike even though is the correct size, and weight/speed rating smacks of "forcing" one to move up to a more expensive product, and to me is price gouging at the worst, and unethical business practice at least. And all the motorcycle tire manufacturers are now doing this.
Smacks of a class action consumer suite. Almost like making you use a brand of oil for warranty.
How can manufactures get away with on their own, changing the definition of a rating that was determined by some independent safety committee that defines such standards for tires?
You know if something goes South I do not believe a corporation even as big a Michelin would beat a good lawyer and a jury by just saying "he was running a tire that was not an application for his motorcycle". That puts us back to, why not, it was the correct size, weight, and speed rated tire for his motorcycle correct?
And I am highly pissed off that we have to be conscious of a tire wearing out in 8-10K at best, 6-8 normally and paying 350-400 bucks plus mounting to do it again. I mean in this day and age? You cant make us a 20K tire?
Oh no it is a motorcycle it only has two wheels, it leans, blah blah blah.
So just as I choose to switch back and forth Dark Side, I will choose a correct size/weight/speed rated tire and take my chances.