Bridgestone Battlax T30 Front Tires
Love this Tire!!
I just bought my second set of these (GT version). I have a BMW R1200RT and it handles great with these tires! Much better than the Metzeler Z8s I had on previously. They have great dry grip and corner very well. I have a lot of confidence in these tires. Highway miles are also quiet and super smooth! I can put my cruise control on at 75mph, take my hands of the bars and go straight as an arrow! The Z8s couldn't do that. They handle fine in the rain too, but I ride very conservatively on wet roads and I'm sure I wouldn't push any tire to the point of lost traction on wet roads.
As to the life of the tires, I have just over 7000 miles on them and the rear is just about to the wear bars. I'm sure I will get 8000 miles on the rear but not much more than that. It is wearing great with no obvious flat spot.
The front tire is really impressive. No center ridge and is wearing just beautifully! could possibly get 10,000 miles but I change both front and rear at the same time. I'm also not that easy on tires but am pretty persistent on keeping the pressure where it should be. On these I run 40/42 PSI
I was going to try the PR4s this go around but I think Michelin is more hype than anything. Sure it's a good tire but over $100 more per set good? I seriously doubt it. These T-30s have me impressed and I'll stick with them. You can't go wrong with these especially for the price compared to some of the competitors.
July 29, 2015
PR4 quality for less $$$
I put a set of these (GT spec) on my 2009 Concours14 after researching several different tires including Michelin PR4's. After nearly 10,000 miles of mixed riding including a trip from Florida to Canada via the Dragon and Blue Ridge Parkway, I can definitely say I got my money's worth. The harder center compound of the rear holds up well on the interstate and the medium side compound, together with the soft compound front tire, inspire confidence even while throwing around a big ST loaded with luggage. I have not ridden the PR4's so the only comparison I can make is I got both the front and rear Bridgestones for the price of the rear Michelin. Money well spent.
July 28, 2015
Excellent all-around sport touring tire
I've not had the tire long enough to comment on mileage however so far I am nothing but impressed. Smooth ride, excellent grip, lot's of confidence. What more can you expect?
June 8, 2015
Great tire for my boxer !
My BMW boxer does better with single compound front tires like this T30. This is my third set of Bridgestone Battlaxes and I get good mileage, cornering feel and smooth ride with them. I tour with these, the rears will square off from all the interstate miles, but still do well in the corners. Wet grip has been good, I can continue to motor on, no matter the weather.
June 1, 2015
Bye Bye PR-4 Hello T-30
I just put 3K km on a set of the GT version and they are the best tires I've had on my 1250 Bandit. Much better than PR 4 GT's I just took off. Wear is excellent and no chicken strips. These tires turn in very easily and my bike has never handled this good.This will be my new go to tire if the wear is there.
June 11, 2015
Great tire so far!!!
I recently bought a set of these tires to replace the old worn out tires that were on the bike when I bought it. What a great purchase!!! After speaking with the gear gurus here at RevZilla and explaining the usage, they pointed me to these.
I now have about 2,000 miles on these tires.
The center stripe is hard so it wears very little which is great for those commuter days, however the shoulders are soft and sticky which inspires confidence when carving the canyons and really getting the bike leaned over (I have wear inside 1/2" from the lip of the tire) and the tires hold the road nicely.
I've ridden in the rain a few times (not my favorite) but these tires gave me enough confidence knowing I was securely planted on the road. Water is ejected nicely and no slides or hydroplaning happened even on the hilly, twisty road.
To summarize--- these tires are a great commuter tire with sticky shoulders that inspires confidence when leaning the bike over. Great for the commuter/weekend warrior!!!
June 1, 2015
Great tire so far!
I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 only because I haven't put very many miles on it yet so I can't speak to it's long term reliability.
So far it's a great tire! I couldn't believe the immediate difference in the feel of my bike. My previous tire (Shinko) was pretty bald before I changed it to this one, so perhaps that has something to do with the drastic improvement. Never the less, the feel, traction and handling are awesome!
Of Course Revzilla matched a competitor's price AND provided their usual excellent customer service assistance with quick delivery. This makes them #1 in my book!
May 25, 2015
Great tires this is my second set and I love Em
Good wear, great wet grip even better dry grip, just all around good tires for the ST1100 I ride year round to and from work In Georgia and several trips to the mountains, like I said all around good tire for any type of riding.
May 20, 2015