Endorsement Authored By: Heather A. D’Anca
As a 37-year-old wife, daughter, business-owner and step-mother of twin 4-year-olds, my safety while motorcycling is of utmost importance. I began my journey on two wheels on the pillion of my husband’s BMW F 800 R, Karma, about 2.5 years ago. When we purchased that bike, it came with Metzeler tires, but after about 5,000 miles, they wore out and needed to be replaced. My husband chose Michelin Pilot Road 4s, and it was clear he made a fantastic decision as soon as we got back on Karma.
14 months ago, we transitioned Karma to the track and purchased a 2016 BMW R 1200 R, Providence, to use as our 2-up road bike, also coming stock with Metzeler tires. Then, a year ago, I began piloting my own motorcycle, a 2016 KTM Duke 390, Delta, again, stock with Metzeler tires.
Last week, my husband noticed that Providence’s tires were worn with visible thread down the middle of the tires. As motorcyclists who always put safety first, something needed to be done. We weren’t currently in a position to afford new tires. However since we haven’t owned a car for three months, it was critical we replace the worn tires on our primary vehicle. We spent Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend in our garage, manually removing wheels and tires from both BMW motorcycles and swapping them. Karma is now unusable due to the worn tires, but at least we can roll her around until she gets upgraded to Michelin Power RS tires.
After the tire swap, we were excited to take Providence for a ride. When we took to the road with literally the exact same Michelin Pilot Road 4s that had been on Karma, the difference in both tires and motorcycle performance became clear. Having spent time on both bikes with the same tires, we could feel how each bike reacted differently to the same stimuli. We could also feel how the Michelins performed on Providence with all other factors being the same.
Motorcycling is an intimate experience: the feel of the bike, the feel of the road, the feel of your partner. Minute changes make enormous differences. I continued piloting Delta with the Metzeler tires, and since the tire swap, have become highly aware of my lack of confidence in my tires. After one day, I was convinced: upgrading all of our motorcycles to Michelin tires was not a luxury, but a necessity. It doesn’t matter that my tires aren’t yet worn out. It doesn’t matter that it will take a couple days work to change out all the tires. The only thing that matters is the fact that I feel far safer on a motorcycle running Michelin tires than any other brand.
When cornering, hard braking and hard throttling with Michelins, the tires feel as if the rubber is stuck to the road. We live in an area full of potholes, loose gravel, blind hills and curves. Add in the fact we ride in rain and snow with motorcycles as our only form of transportation, and leaving the house often feels like there’s danger lurking around every corner (and there often is).
I have a unique experience of motorcycling. I’ve ridden about 12,000 miles in 18 to 105 degree temperatures on three motorcycles of different configurations with the same tires. I’ve ridden pillion with a motorcycle race pilot for about 11,000 of those miles. I know how it feels to lean hard, to stop fast, and to ride in dangerous road and weather conditions. After being reminded of how it feels to ride a bike with Michelins this week, I will never again buy another brand of tires.
My dad happened to call on Memorial Day and remind me how important tires are to a motorcycle. He said, “In an automobile, you can take chances, let them run a little longer than they should. On a motorcycle, tires are too important. You can’t take chances with your life. Spare no expense. Get the best tires you can.” And he’s right. My life is too important. I will take take his advice to heart, and I urge you to do the same.
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