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The Bridgestone Battlax BT-023-GT Sport Touring Rear Tire
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Bridgestone Battlax T30 Rear Tires
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Bridgestone Battlax BT-023-GT Sport Touring Rear Tire
  • Bridgestone Battlax BT-023-GT Sport Touring Rear Tire
  • Bridgestone Battlax BT-023-GT Sport Touring Rear Tire
  • Bridgestone Battlax BT-023-GT Sport Touring Rear Tire

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Bridgestone Battlax BT023 GT Sport Touring Rear Tire

Featuring long wear life, a high level of wet performance for touring and high performance similar to a sport tire, the Battleax BT023 is an advanced new Sport Touring tire.


  • Full spec sport touring radial offering consistent performance between touring and sport riding
  • New tread pattern and rubber compound deliver long mileage, high level of wet performance, comfortable ride and good grip
  • Silica plus RC polymer (assists silica effect and controls rubber properties) enhances wet wear life
  • HTSPC + MS-BELT Provides good bump absorption, grip and stability during high speed riding
  • 3LC 3 Layer Compound
    • ​Center Compound results in good stability and wear life
    • Shoulder Compound provides grip and bump absorption
  • Consistent performance for use on heavy weight bikes
  • GT Spec has heavy duty casing and a revised tread pattern
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Bridgestone Battlax BT-023-GT Sport Touring Rear Tire 4.8 5 9 9
Not a bad tire With only a few tire choices for the BMW K1600 GTL, I thought I'd give these a try. I have 4000 miles on these tires, commuting 74 miles a day, figured it's time to give you my opinion. Dry grip is very good even at full lean on a heavy bike. Wet grip isn't to bad but I had the rear slide on some turns. Now I'm a little leery on too much lean on wet roads. There very stable at hwy speeds even in torrential rain. As far as tire life is concerned, these are showing relatively little wear for the amount of miles, considering this bike eats tires for lunch. The rear starting to flat spot and the front is showing the notorious ridge down the center. I should get another 4k out of these, I would most likely by again. See the attached photos, 4000 miles on the Bridgestone BT 023 GT. August 18, 2013
... but I'll be going back to standard 023's next time The fitter said they had 023 GT's in stock (which I had not yet heard of) at the same price as the usual 023 Battlax that I get. So I gave them a try. After going through all sorts of different types on different bikes over the years I'm a fairly well sold Bridgestone man. Pan ST , Honda Varadero and FJR1300 - always the same really - I always go back to Battlax. 80% of my mileage is on motorways the rest in town so I am used to the flattening centre you get after a few thousand miles doing this sort of riding - now I'm not sure if I'm imagining it - but it seems to me that the flat-rolling effect you get between 5000 and 7000 miles of thereabouts started to happen much earlier on this set (like after just 2000 miles probably). And you can just see that Xsection profile change as well when you look at them. The rest of the spec feels just like standard 023's - same road feel, same feel and grip in wet etc.. They're half-worn at the moment so expect to be in for the next set in late July/Aug based on the usual figures. So although these tyres are fine and I don't know yet if they will end up wearing longer - I'm pretty sure I'll be going back to the usual 023 next time.. This review based on 2002 FJR1300 June 7, 2013
What a great tire! I simply love this tire. I'm on my 3rd so far and I will keep using BT 23 GTs. I'm heavy (220lbs) on a heavy bike (Connie Concours 14) and I'm simply whipping it with this tire. It gives excellent traction and durability (last one lasted 8700 miles!). I'm using a 180/55 with absolutely no issues, although the official size should be 190/50 for the Connie. Of course, I'm using a BT 23 GT on the front as well -- with equal satisfaction! March 25, 2013
Very Happy! First of all I got the tire next day. Very happy with that. I only had a chance to use it in the rain once and had no issues. The tire is on my FJR 1300. October 22, 2012
Perfect tire for sport touring I bought a set of the BT-023 GT (front and rear) for my 2005 FJR1300 in preperation for a cross country trip I recently made. The trip was a total of 5000 miles over 2 weeks that covered everything long highway miles through the Arizona desert to carving corners on Mulholland Highway to running down dirt roads in the Rocky Mountains. Simply put the BT023's blew away my expectations. They are the perfect compromise between comfort and performance. They wear great (5000 miles in and they look like they have 50% left). They provide a smooth ride on the highway without that disconnected feeling you get from a full on touring tire. However the greatest aspect I loved about these tires was the confidence they inspire. When you're throwing a 700lb bike through the twisty canyons of SoCal or up the Pikes Peak Highway, you have to trust that your tires are going to grip. I have tried other tires, both cheaper and more expensive and in the end I keep coming back to the BT-023's for my street bikes. September 24, 2012
Great sport touring tire I ride a 2007 Yamaha FJR1300 and I have Bridgestone BT023 GT's on the front and back. Dry weather traction is well beyond my abilities on the bike, the braking is great, and they track straight. For some reason I seem to get caught in the rain alot, and these tires give me great peace of mind. The wet weather traction is fantastic and they even grip well in cold weather (35 F). I am very happy and have great confidence with these tires and I will buy them again. September 15, 2012
Excellent tire at a reasonable price I replaced the original BT020s on my Ducati with the BT023(GT)s. The price for both was less than $250, and the traction and handling are definitely better than the worn tires they replaced! Cornering is great, these seem to allow for a greater lean angle. Braking in the wet also seemed superior. I'm hoping the tread life, especially on the rear could be better due to the dual compound. BT020 front lasted 10k miles, rear only 5k on this bike, only have a few hundred on now on the BT023s so unable to comment on tread life yet. June 25, 2012
What an awesome tire! Replaced the stocker Dunlops on my Suzuki 1250 Bandit that were down to the wear bars in 2000 miles. My Bike is set up for 2up touring. Wife on the back and 2-45L saddlebags and a 55L top case. The new tires have shown almost no wear in 2000 miles, but the handling and the traction are amazing. What an excellent tire and much less expensive than the Michelins....great wet weather traction too. When these do wear out I'll be getting another set. February 24, 2012
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M I: Very pleased with these GT tires. On my heavy Concours 14 and with my aggressive twisties riding preference they never gave me a 'wooo' moment. I think they are excellent street tires and I great value for the buck. I put 9K miles on one such rear GT, but should have changed it after 8K. Still it got me home and no cords were showing! I think I'm sticking to Battlax GTs. If it works, don't fix it! Jul 18, 2014
Juan A: Tyre had good reviews on the ST Owners forum. I was not disappointed with them. The tyres inspired confidence in both the twisties and the rain. Would buy them again. Mileage was average, only got about 6000 miles on them. Mar 29, 2014
Wayne B: Thought I'd try them out, 10K and still plenty of life. Nov 25, 2013
Mark S asked: Hi guys. What's the difference between the Battlax BT023 GT and the non-GT. What is the rating of these tires? Oct 26, 2013
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Michael M: GT version is heavier duty, for bigger bikes (>1000cc). The tread patterns for the front tires are slightly different between the GT and non GT, the rears look the same. Oct 26, 2013
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Michael M: They are all Z rated! Oct 26, 2013
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Mark S: Understood. I assume I'm better off with the GT tire on my VFR1200F. Oct 26, 2013
A shopper asked: I ride a yamaha fz6r and I am replacing my bt21 front and rear. I'm looking for more cornering grip on the front and more mileage on the rear. Can I run an s20 on the front and a bt23 on the rear with no problems? Jun 7, 2012
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RevZilla: From our experience, as well as the manufacturer's recommendation, using tires from the same line and not mixing and matching(such as a BT23 and S020) is the safest way to go. The profile, construction and compound differences can cause handling issues that could be dangerous. Jun 7, 2012
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Charles B: I have used that exact setup (S20 front, BT-023 rear) through 2 sets of tires with no problems. Recently ran a T30 on the rear as well, but I don't care much for that one. Oct 13, 2014
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Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
170/60ZR17 817938 23427 Out of Stock
180/55ZR17 719807 144220 Out of Stock
190/55ZR17 817939 23393 Out of Stock