Bridgestone Battlax BT-016 Rear Tire
Rain storm owned / Overall quality
Car was in the shop, stressed with life, out of sick/vacation days and a torrential rain storm one fall morning. No choice but to fire up my recently purchased used bike with around 35-40% tread life left on these BT-016's. I didn't care about dying this morning and I rode hard and fast in the nastiest hardest rain in a while around these parts. On my 40 minute commute I didn't lose traction once at speeds up to 80-85 hitting water patches and taking a long curving "C" off ramp at an unsafe speed. I got to the office drenched from head to toe (did pack a change of clothes) and thought to myself that was one of the stupidest things I've ever done. These tires probably saved my life. Plus the good Lord.
November 2, 2013
long time user of the battlax bt016
I have been using these tire for about 3 years now and I do so pretty quick touring we have some great back roads in Australia that test the rider and his tyres to the max with tight cornering and fast straights I am on my third set of bridgestone battlax bt 016 and I am extatic with their performance ,wear life ,and price I do a lot of miles and the grip these tires give in all conditions is amazing I ride a GSF 1250S Suzuki Bandit which is a relatively heavy bike but it handles just like a sports bike with these tyres fitted I am getting around 12000 km with tyre life left when I replace them the price is amazing I purchase front and rear tyres together on the net for under $300 AU and my local bike shop fits and balances them for around $15 each which represents amazing value here in Australia I recommend these tyres to any one who likes to go fast corner hard and wants to feel safe
September 20, 2013
i love these tires they hold great on the corners i only ride on the street but ride them pretty hard on my cbr 1000 i love the feel and they hold up pretty well probably around 5000 miles on a set pretty good for the cost
August 26, 2013
Used the 016 before, and spent more since then, but bang for the buck brought me back.
July 22, 2013
I came from a pirelli tire and I just wasn't feeling comfortable on that tire. It took a while to warm up and felt stiff, I had about 3 or 4 friends that have this Bridgestone tire and I was like let me try it out.
Good wet traction, got caught in the rain not even a week of having them and when I tell you I feel the difference in corners I can really lean and they get nice and warm quickly. Great tire!
April 8, 2013
Overall these are the best middle of the line tire you can buy.
-The wear is excellent 8,000miles+ with 5 track days
-Fantastic grip; only left me wanting more when I was moving into the front of the pack in the intermediate group.
-Price is awesome
-Grip in the rain is okay, did one track day in the rain and had to take it easy. Would exceed my expectations for wet commuting.
-Can get greasy on an extremely hot day at the track (not an issue for commuting)
Overall you can't go wrong with a set of BT-016's. Im a bridgestone fan for life.
February 20, 2013
Purchased a set of BT016 tires to replace the worn factory IRC Roadwinners on my Ninja 250 and was simply amazed at the improvement these made. Obviously, the OEM tires were never meant for tearing up the track but they were still a competent enough tire. The BT016 made leaning the bike over in curves that much more comfortable that there was still some traction to be had. In the few times I've been caught out in the rain with these tires they have done well except in the deeper puddles, which I don't expect any tire to handle without some butt-puckering going on. I put approximately 5000 miles on the tires before selling my Ninja 250 and while a bit squared (I'm primarily a commuter) they still had a decent amount of life left; I'd wager there was another 2000-2500 miles left. When time comes to replace the tires on my new bike, the BT016 will definitely be at the top of my list.
February 12, 2013
Great tires. Best bang for the buck.
I have had these tires on my Yamaha FZ1 for 4,000 miles now. My FZ1 is my daily rider. These tires see a variety of use but it is mostly straight up and down commuting. The multiple compound rubber handles this perfectly. I still have plenty of tread left in these tires and there is virtually no flat spot from riding up and down most of the time.
As far as grip, I have never reached the limit of these tires. I'm sure a professional racer could tell the difference in traction but I am not at that level. In the 4,000 miles that have put on these tires, they have seen one track day and some slight canyon carving. I don't have any chicken strips on them so I have pushed them a little. Wet traction is also great. You will be surprised in how much grip these have in the rain. I daily ride rain or shine so that is important to me.
I recommend these tires to anyone who commutes and enjoys spirited riding. They are fine for track days and you don't have to worry about wearing out expensive track tires on the street, or worry about swapping tires for every track day. They are similar to the new S20's so do some comparison research before buying. I am totally satisfied with these tires and I hope to get about 4,000 more miles out of them. I have never gotten such good mileage out of tires that I can take to the track. I'm going to Laguna Seca next month on these tires with 4,000+ miles on them. That's how much I trust them.
September 10, 2012