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Bridgestone Battlax BT-003 Racing Street Rear Tires

The Bridgestone Battlax BT003 is a specially street-tuned sport tire derived from the latest racing technology. Its Ultimate Grip Performance derived from MotoGP technology provides riders sporty riding enjoyment with confident grip on streets and dry-condition circuits.

Features:

  • Designed for Sporty Riding enjoyment with confident grip on streets and dry-condition circuits
  • Specially street-turned tire developed from our latest racing tire BT-003 which has achieved many victories in production-class races (600cc-1000cc)
  • BT-003RS is the successor to BT-002RS and BT-090 and covers various engine sizes and models (from middle sport class to super sport class)
  • The 3LC (3 Layer Compound) provide regular wear and the optimized pattern design provides longer wear life than ex-models: BT-002RS/BT-090
  • S shaped grooves across center of tread improve contact feeling, braking grip (for Front Tire) and traction grip (for Rear Tire)
  • Reducing Negative Ratio in shoulder part of tread improves turning ability
  • Longer Shoulder grooves than BT-003 Racing enhance WET grip and shock absorption on public roads
  • Optimized angle and shape of grooves contribute to noise reduction and improved mileage
  • 3LC + Ultraction Compound provides the necessary performance on street, with delightful handling and enhanced grip
  • Center Compound consists of high grip compound which balances mileage and grip
  • Shoulder Compound consists of "Ultraction Compound" which exerts stronger grip power in braking and cornering
  • Tread Pattern based on BT-003 Racing is tuned for increased WET grip and shock absorption on streets
  • Silica Rich Compound offers enhanced grip from the moment motorcycle stats moving
  • MS-BELT provides light handling, absorbs sudden input from bumps and enhances stability and good line-holding in corners
4.8 / 5
Bang For The Buck
4.8 / 5
Grip
4.7 / 5
Tread Life
3.8 / 5
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4.8 / 5.0
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4.8 / 5
Grip
4.7 / 5
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3.8 / 5
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5 / 5
Grip
5 / 5
Tread Life
5 / 5
Excellent track day tire
This is an excellent track day tire. I have these on my 07 R6 and can't be happier. So far they have lasted me 4 track days and still have lots of tread left. That was 3 days in C group and 1 day in B group. I plan to run these one more time in B group and then switch them out. There might even be some tire life left in them but I want new tires for my track day after that.

The price on these is great. I think you would be hard pressed to find a better tire at this price unless you find something on clearance. For tire pressures, (track only) I start out with 28 in the back and 30 in the front. They heat up quickly. I usually start pushing hard after two full warm up laps but that is more of a matter of being safe. I do not run tire warmers.

I have broke these tires loose a couple times coming out of turns but it felt good and predictable. The only time I lost control and nearly crashed was when my tire pressure creeped way too high. That was my fault though, as I did not check my pressure often enough. Some other guys got me at the right pressure and then traction was fully restored. As long as I can keep buying these tires for cheap I will use them on the track.

I would not recommend these tires for the street. They are a racing tire and take a lot more to heat up then what you might experience on the street. I would suggest sticking with something like the S20 or BT-016. Both are great street tires and offer all the traction you can use on the street. The biggest key is, they last longer. I'm sure you would be hard pressed to get 3,000 miles out of these tires on the street. I give these tires an excellent rating on tread life, but only because anyone that is buying these tires should not need them to last for thousands of miles on the street. They should last for several track days. If you wear them out in a few track days then maybe it is time to jump to slicks.
September 10, 2012
Ride:
2008 Yamaha FZS1000 FZ1
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Grip
5 / 5
Tread Life
4 / 5
great grip wet or dry, acceptable tread life
I purchased a BT003RS rear for my WR250X. I put a total of 5000 miles on it and it was completely flat spotted bald in the middle at that point, probably should have been replaced at 4000 miles, all street and light to moderate trail riding (hey, its a motard and I use it as such).

Rain traction was excellent in my experience, even when nearly bald. Dry traction was excellent as well, no issue to run right to the edge of the tire. Cold weather was acceptable provided you gave it time to warm up, otherwise it would slide very easily. Tire did surprisingly well off-road considering its distinct lack of tread so long as it wasn't too sloppy out and you kept a slower pace than you would run with knobs. I wish it had a little more rounded profile to get better wear and slow down its initial lean, but that's a personal preference from running it loaded down on a road trip for the last 2500 miles I used it.

I'd happily run one of these again probably, though I want to try a few other brands and styles before settling. I travel and ride a lot, putting around 15,000 miles a year on my WR250X, so I'll be trying something new pretty frequently.
April 6, 2012
Ride:
2008 Yamaha WR250R
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Grip
4 / 5
Tread Life
4 / 5
excellent beginner / intermediate track day Tyre
bikes used - '06 Yamaha YZF R6 ; '08 CBR 600 RR
front pressure - cold 29psi ; hot of the track 31
rear pressure -cold 28 ; hot of the track 30/31

haven't used them for street purposes [BT 016 were my choice for that] . the 003RS is a great tire for beginner/ intermediate track day purposes - good feel/ grip/ longevity. [the grips obviously don't match a DOT/ slick "race" tire especially at high temps / very fast pace ]

the front grip / feel is good for my pace. gentle / graded turn-in characteristic but tracks the corner very well [and is confidence inspiring]

the rear grip is also very good [except for very hot days / track temp when it can get slightly greasy] . good edge grip levels / predictable slides.

a front lasts at least 6-7 days depending on the track and the rear lasts 4-5 days. warms up very quickly in a lap or so[ i don't use warmers ]

haven't used it in the wet and so can't comment on it [so I've rated it as middle of the road average]

all in all > excellent tires for the price.
January 31, 2012
Ride:
2008 Honda CBR600RR
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Grip
4 / 5
Tread Life
4 / 5
Okay so far
Only spent a few hours on the track with these on. It wasn't raining and I didn't break em loose at all so don't put much stock in my rating on tread life, grip levels, or wet traction.
August 23, 2011
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Grip
5 / 5
Tread Life
4 / 5
quick to warm up tires
Just switched out to a different brand and can't wait to put these back on my bike.
Nice sticky quick to warm up tires that make it ok to wear out b/c they aren't so expensive!
August 19, 2012
Ride:
2012 Ducati 848 EVO
Track tires, great value,
When the proper pressure is used for the track temp the tires offer excellent grip and feedback for the rider. I can get three to four track days on a modified liter bike running warmers and 29psi F and 27 psi R HOT PRESSURE. Over a hundred $ less than Power Ones. I am glad I switched.
March 12, 2011
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Great Track Tire
Bought this along with the front tire for my first race/track experience. They were great! Very sticky! Definitely helped improve my confidence and worked great even the the track was very cold all day.Highly recommend as you can't beat the price.
May 16, 2013
Ride:
2003 Kawasaki EX500
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
This tire is excellent for the spirited street rider.
Great tire for fast paced aggressive street riding. Good on dry roads, excellent grip. I expect the wear to be a bit quicker than on my previous bt016, though a great tire.
April 15, 2013
Ride:
2008 KTM 690 Duke
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Great tire for small bikes
I bought this tire to use on my Supermoto, I use it on the street so a slick is no good, but still track it monthly so it has to be sticky. This tire also comes 150 which is a plus for me. Would buy again, and most likely will.
June 29, 2015
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Sticky tire with great feedback!
I bought a set of these for my cbr600f4i track bike about a month ago. I did one track day at Spokane raceway park in July and was very impressed by every aspect of these tires. They warm up quickly(half a lap), they stick great, and they give you lots of feedback. I was able to drift the back tire out a couple of times in a controlled manner. Very confidence inspiring!
August 19, 2013
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Replace tires on 2007 SV650 track bike
Eli T on May 10, 2016
Curious to see if the 003s offer a noticeable improvement in dry performance
Scott G on Feb 11, 2015
Replace tires on 2007 SV650 track bike
Eli T on May 10, 2016
Very quick warm up time and great grip, also the performance in the we is exceptional.
Miljan B on Dec 12, 2015
Curious to see if the 003s offer a noticeable improvement in dry performance
Scott G on Feb 11, 2015
awesome tires
A S on Nov 9, 2014
I was looking for a sport oriented tire for track days. This tire did a fine job on my SV. The wet traction is not what I am used to having run on Michelin Pilot Road and Power tires for the last two years, but it was stable at a slower pace. Dry traction was fantastic and I was very confident in these tires.
Tristan S on Oct 13, 2014
the bridgestone tyre, is a very good tyre
Roger F on Jul 15, 2014
Awesome tire! Upgraded from a 50 Aspect to a 55 and the turn in on my 2008 1000rr is so much cleaner and sharper. Stickier tire than the BT-016 which is an amazing tire to begin with, but this one just took it to another level.
Jose B on Apr 4, 2014
Ninja 300 track day
C J on Mar 19, 2014
Cause they is badass!
James L on Feb 15, 2014
awesome track tire!!!
Travis N on Jan 17, 2014
Sticky, holds in the tight turns.
Stephen H on Aug 10, 2013
Because the reviews I've read on this tire are great and you don't have it in 130 70 17. If there was a tire in 130 70 17 of this tire, you guys would get a LOT more ninja 500 buyers
Keenan K on Aug 9, 2013
Very quick warm up time and great grip, also the performance in the we is exceptional.
Miljan B on Dec 12, 2015
awesome tires
A S on Nov 9, 2014
I am planning on doing a bunch of track days on my Ninja 300 this season. I currently have the Pilot Road 3 in the 120/ 150 combo. I am planning to upgrade to a more performance oriented tire for riding twisties and doing track days. From my reserach, I see that 120/150 combo does nothing in terms of performance. So I am looking at the 110/140 combos again.

Which tires would you recommend?

1. PD Rosso 2 110/140
2. BT 003 RS 110/140
A shopper on Feb 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: no experience with the pd rosso, but the bt 003s are awesome.. I race with them on my ex500 and have used on the street.. they stick great.. used in the rain once and seemed okay, but wouldn't go hard. definitely recommend.
I'm currently using the Dunlop Q3 tires on my 2008 CBR 1000 RR. I don't really commute on my bike I really only ride on the weekends in the canyons with my buddies. I do plan on going to some more track days this year and was wondering if these tires have noticeably more grip than the Q3's. I've never really had any problems with the Q3's (I mean their excellent tires) I've only broke the traction of the rear ever so slightly once when I was taking a hard left turn through a canyon, but it was definitely a slide. I know on the video reviews these tires are a 70-30 compound so my question is do they truly have more grip than the Q3's?(I don't care about longevity)
Andrew S on Jan 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Hi Andrew,
I haven't used the Q3's before but I have used the Q2's. I liked the BT-003's a lot. Keep in mind the temperature of the track you are going to be using the tires on. From my experience the more street orientated tires tend to become slippery on hot track days and tend to kick out when powering out of turns. If you are an aggressive rider and are look to do some track days on hot spring/summer days i would recommend going with the BT-003 Pro's rather than the RS's. Other wise the RS's are great for street riding if you don't care about wear. Hope this helps.
How long will a set of Bridgestone Battlax BT-003 last? I am planning on getting a front and rear but I am aiming for tire life around the 10,000 mile mark.
A shopper on Nov 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 10000 miles should not be possible. my last set of 003rs last me around 3000km( which is around 1900 miles) I'm riding a Aprilia dorsoduro factory in Taiwan.