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Bridgestone Battlax BT-023 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 Bridgestone Battlax BT-023 is an advanced new Sport Touring tire.
Also available in GT Spec with heavy duty casing and a revised tread pattern.
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What I consider All-Season Sport and I think Sport Touring a lot of times sport bike guys don’t like the term touring. They think of it as a dirty word. Really how you need to think of the BT23 is really an agile, high grip, sport orientated tire. That can be ridden for longer miles in much wider of a range of weather scenarios.
If you want something that’s more of a hardcore sport bike tire that’s really typically done in warmer or drier conditions something like the Battlax S20 or from the S20 family product would be something better off. Really this tires going to compete with something like the Michelin Pilot Road 2, it’s going to compete with the Dunlop Roadsmart. You’re looking at a tire that’s going to provide great wet and dry grip.
I like to think of it, a guy who commutes to work on a VFR on an 800 to 1000CC bike and then typically is still of the mind to where he’s going to go out and ride more spiritedly, but he might see rain here and there or ride right through it fearlessly.
So, we look at the tire it’s going to come in 17 and 18 rims sizes you're going to see OEM fitments. Or I’m sorry, you're going to see tires, you know, a handful of sizes for the front, handful of sized for the rear and they’re also a GT size for the much bigger bike. So, think about your…there really in my opinion is bigger sports touring bikes, so it’s your R1200, your K1300, something your FJRs that are a bigger displacement. That’s going to be the Battlax BT-023 GT tire.
Now the Battlax BT-023 really replaced the BT-021 and the difference here in the upgrade in the tire for this year is going to be about 30% more mileage out of the tire, because you’re really looking at that mix of sport and performance and long range that allows you to get more of a lifetime out of a tire. Looking at the groove pattern, you’re looking at great wet grip and great water dispersal. Typically, the Battlax BT-023 and the BT-021 were considered to be better than average at wet grip handling.
You also have a silica charge compound for better grip on both the front and the rear. Now your front tires going to be a mono compound, one compound of rubber, but one of the cool things about it is you have two different styles of grooves in this tire, and notice that all the grooves go all the way to the sidewall. So, your V-shaped grooves are going to be for better control under heavy braking. While you're T-shaped grooves are going to be for better linear stability at speed.
So again, you have a multitude of different technologies that are built into the tread pattern. As we move to the rear we have similar technologies with our V’s and our T’s and noticed there’s no groove along the center channel, again for better contact patch, but you do have a dual compound tire now.
So, you’re going to have a softer compound and the shoulders, which are going to be kind of out toward the edged. And then the center for pretty much a pretty wide band, I’m almost going to so 50% of the center here is going to be a harder compound to give you the better mileage even with, the heavier bike. That might have a high displacement that’s going provide more torque to the ground and that sport category.
So remember if you have questions about the Battlax BT-023, All-Seasons Sport, Sport tire, give us a shout. We’re always here to help walk you through that process. Remember if your more on the sports side of things drier conditions more aggressive riding look at the Battlax S20, and if you’re on some of the other bikes you're going to move past the Battlax into some of the Cruiser or the Max or the Exedra Series of tires from Bridgestone.