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Bridgestone Battlax Sport Touring T30 Rear Tires

The Battlax T30 is the new reference for relaxed, touring performance, letting you rediscover the joy of riding. Featuring quick response, tight handling and support for high lean angles make it even easier to hold your line on both wet and dry surfaces. High-speed cruising, sports-like grip and precision steering response: all the right ingredients for genuine, consistent performance. Plus, outstanding stability, very good bump absorption and low-noise cruise performance combine for the ultimate riding experience.


  • 3LC (Dual Compound)
  • Front T-Cross shaped Groove provides better contact due to reduced tread stiffness
  • Slanted groove towards the shoulder provides higher block stiffness due to consistent input force when cornering
  • Swirled shape groove offers a combination of round and straight elements which improves contact without losing block stiffness
  • Semi-slick pattern shoulder with fewer grooves provides a larger contact patch, higher block stiffness and confidence to the rider when cornering
  • Dry handling is significantly improved over the BT023
  • Some sizes available in GT Spec
  • GT Spec tires provide improved handling and stability for heavier, sport touring bikes and feature a slightly modified tread pattern on front and stiffer construction on rear
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Bridgestone Battlax T30 Rear Tires 4.6 5 48 48
Good handling, short lifespan I purchased a pair of T30s for my Super Tenere for touring and long rides. These tires mounted easily and handled great from the time they were new, but developed a flat center before long even though I ride a lot of local twisty roads. The few highway runs I did with them resulted in the rear squaring off. My main goal was a long lasting tire and these failed miserably. At 5500 miles since they were mounted in late June the front is squared off and scalloping a bit, and the rear is smooth in the center. In comparison, the much cheaper dualsport Battlewings that came on my bike lasted 7500 miles of the same kind of riding. I'll be trying another tire for my replacement. September 6, 2015
2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT The base T30s (non-GT Spec; F Code; 180/55-17 Front, 120/70-17 Rear) were OE on my 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT. I'm now replacing both front and rear with a new set of T30s after racking up 11,700 miles on the first set. Replacement of the rear is necessary; the front has several hundred more miles on it, but I'm replacing it along with the rear as tires have a tenancy to go more quickly at the end of their life. My OE Battlax T30 tires saw thousands of highway miles in many three-digit temp summer days. They also saw two extended trips into the curvy Smoky Mountain roadways for days on end. Lastly they carried me and the bike through one of the wettest summers in Florida history. They always held their lines on wet, dry, hot and cold surfaces (best cold surface=under 30 degrees on the curves + switchbacks up Pikes Peak); they're the type of tire that you quickly build confidence in. I'll be moving up to the GT-Spec version of the T-30 (B Code). The price point on these tires (even GT-Spec) that rolled almost 12,000 miles can only be described as outstanding. August 18, 2015
great tire tire has great traction ride is great it does not show any ware at all. August 17, 2015
Good Tire for the price I have put 1000 miles on this rear Tire since mounting it. I have not had a Bridgestone tire sine my FJR was new. I have mounted quite a few tires since then. First impressions. ..very deep tread ....rode decent. did not seem as neutral as normal. I didn't change my front tire as it still was good.."Michelin Pilot Road 3" . Corner grip seems good ...not Michelin good but good. I look for mileage ,hopefully this will last. I ride 70 miles a day to and from work at about 90 - 100 mph.....yeah don't lecture me been riding 40 years and very high milage. I have ridden in some serious rain and this tire did very well. Would I buy it again? Depends on the milage I get out of it. August 10, 2015
Replaced the 023 tire This tire is much smoother and I'm able to run lower tire pressure with increase in height being that it made for a heavier bike which is what I had. Tire holds its line in a curve and much better then the 023 tire. If you want better handling and longer mileage this is a excellent choice. September 23, 2015
Replacement for OEM tire on 2014 R1200RT Bought these tires as a replacement for OEM equipped 2014 BMW R 1200 RT. Gaining grip confidence in the tire; still a little early for wear indicators with 3000 miles, but looks promising. September 21, 2015
Good value but not the best option May be the weight of the Super Tenere but not getting the mileage out of these I expect. On prior bikes I could get 12k out of Tourance and Scorpions, I expect 10k. These went about 8k and are bald in the center (about the same with Tourance EXPs). Switched to some Shinkos for the heck of it considering the price. Front Bridgestone was fine but was punctured badly with a self tapping screw and discarded at ~5-6k with little wear. August 6, 2015
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
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
David A: Matched set to the front and had previous good experience with the Bridgestone tire product Jul 18, 2015
Ted A: Dual. compound should last longer Jul 12, 2015
MICHAEL H: These are the best tires I can find to fit my ST1100. They replaced the BT023. On my second set. Bought a third set for the next tire change. Jul 12, 2015
Tray W: So far these a good tires, matches my front, Jul 9, 2015
Chris M: Good reviews and the $50 dollar rebate didn't hurt. Jul 6, 2015
James C: I've read good reviews about these tires. If they're as good or better than the BT-023s, I'll be very happy with them. The price for these tires is very good, too. Jun 1, 2015
john w: This is my second pair of T30 GT tires work great on a Honda ST1300 May 13, 2015
Tim N: I have had good luck with this tire on my FJR1300 and don't see the need to spend more money on the Pirelli Angel GT or the Michelin PR4 GT. It handles and wears well on the FJR1300. Apr 9, 2015
Todd J: to go with my front tire. Mar 13, 2015
brian s: big fan of the bt 023s for combo of daily commuting and weekend twisty riding. this is the replacement so i will try it. Mar 12, 2015
Ken S: Size I needed for my '97 Honda ST11. Price was right, and Reviews were good. Long trip is in the planning stage for late spring, and I need a reliable, higher mileage set of tires. I've had good luck with Bridgestones in the past - both on my motorcycles and my cars and trucks. Mar 2, 2015
Don R: I've been running this tire for the last 7500 miles and it's been a very good tire. I'm heading out mid April for a 6 mos trip of the west, this tire is my choice. Feb 27, 2015
Vincent R: Reasonable price. Had Metzelers before and was not impressed with the mileage for the price. Feb 18, 2015
Justin K: Internet told me to Feb 9, 2015
Al B: had good luck with bt023..expecting good mileage and has a great price Feb 8, 2015
Brian M: they replaced the BT-23's and i had good experiences with the BT-23s Jan 26, 2015
Che-Chuen H: Running the BT-023's now on my 2007 FJR. Read on the Bridgestone site that the 023's are being replaced by the T-30's. I've ridden on the 023's for years and years and love them. Great performance, grip in the turns, and longevity of the center tread. Jan 7, 2015
Calvin W: Always had good performance and wear with Battlax tires Dec 27, 2014
Charles W: couldn't find the bridgestone battleaxe 023 16060zr18 but will try these to see. Nov 22, 2014
Robert K S: I have run Bridgestones since 2000 and love them. This tire has good ratings and replaces my favorite BT023. Nov 17, 2014
Robert G: I was going on a cross country trip and needed a tire that could hold up to many miles on the highway with out breaking the bank. I felt that even if I was to wear out the tire it was a good value. 6K later the tire looks great and is holding up as good as any other tire I have used. Oct 29, 2014
JAIME A: I had some Bridgestone Battlax BTO16R PRO. They were great handling tires but since I do more than twice freeway riding than canyon carving, they wore down to almost the wire down the middle while still having pretty good amount of tread on the sides. So now I wanted some tires that were stronger in middle but to still have that great grip on the sides to not lose the great handling aspect that the BTO16s had. Through research, reading reviews, and looking for good pricing, these T30-GTs seem to be what I am looking for. Hopefully they work out for me. Oct 28, 2014
CHRIS VAN K: I have the BT-23s on my 2013 FJR and love them, but they are hard to find, not sure if they are discontinued, so I choose the T-30s after reading a bunch of reviews and info from Bridgestone. Hope to have the same success as the BT-23s. Oct 20, 2014
Charles B: I have been using bridgestone on my fjr1300 since i bought it in 2005, very good tire for the money. Have been to florida, all over east coast and out west to colorado. Bridgestone has proven a good tire. Trying t30's by recommendation from fellow rider and very good breakdown of information from revzilla. Sep 23, 2014
DeLoran L: I bought this tire because I was looking for more grip and my Michelins had been on for a year Sep 15, 2014
Bob H: great sport touring tire -- grip and ride - corners like riding rails - pretty good life Sep 12, 2014
Gary M: $40 rebate during September Sep 12, 2014
Richard W: Believed to be 1st class tire at a reasonable price Sep 3, 2014
Travis D: recommended via ST-Owners Forum Aug 5, 2014
Thomas B: recommended by trusted friend... Jul 28, 2014
DAVID G: Price and performance are key. Pirellis are not meeting my wear expectations yet my Bridgestones are and offer great value. Jul 24, 2014
Chris T: Pricepoint. Previous experience with older model of tire. Jul 18, 2014
Tony C: On the stromtrooper forum a guy recommended these tires Jul 16, 2014
Regi B: Well cant get BT-023 so hopefully this tire is as be seen...i ride ALL year. Jul 15, 2014
David P: Heard good reviews and thought I would see for my self May 8, 2014
Ross M: Have wanted to try a BS dual compound tire so when I got a nail in my PR-2 at about 8500 miles with a ton of tread left it was time to try one. Mar 24, 2014
Garrett W: The tire has good reviews and is priced competitive. Needed for up coming sport touring trip of 9 days. Jan 21, 2014
Travis N: hoping for a sticky tire that has decent mileage! Jan 17, 2014
Peter L: trying for the first time. Dec 2, 2013
A shopper asked: How does the T30 compare with the Angel GT?

Wear Rate?
Dry Grip?
Wet Grip?
May 1, 2014
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Marcel M: Comfort feel May 16, 2014
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A shopper asked: I have a 96 Honda ST1100 and these tires sounds like they're what might be one of top picks. I'm not an 'aggressive' rider, but do want tires that grip when needed. Mostly good reviews on your site, but truthfully...would you post negative points? I would like to know if there are any. I've ridden for 45 years and bought my share of Bridgestones with no complaints. I'd like to think my next set wouldn't be any different. Jan 4, 2015
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Garrett W: I think these tires are great. I ride a 2002 Triumph Sprint RS quite aggressively but smoothly and have not had any troubles. I got about 9,000 kilometres out of the rear tire which is very acceptable to me. I don't commute, just sport touring trips and day rides. The rear tire wore beautifully with no degradation in profile. The front tire did not wear completely smoothly and started to triangulate a bit, but not enough to feel strange or start a "dropping in" sensation. The front was not as worn as the rear but wasn't far behind.
I would definitely recommend these tires.
Jan 6, 2015
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Charles D: My ride: 2012 Suzuki 650 v-strom, set up for two up sport touring and solo commuting. The Battleax T30 compares well with both it's predecessor, the Battleax T23, and the Michelin Pilot Road 3. Sticks well on mountain road twisties and high speed freeway transitions. Relatively good life on the rear tire - I currently have 8,000 on the rear and I'd estimate another 4K to 5K miles to go before replacement. I do my own tire changes. I've been riding 48 years, and this tire and the new Michelins are my picks, but you can't beat the price on these T30s. Jan 6, 2015
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Willard G: I'm riding a 2004 ST1300 and these tires are great. I last rode on the 23 series; these are every bit as good and I think the wear will be better. I rode with these over the Bear tooth highway in a hard rain and felt like I was in total control at all times. (I am a somewhat aggressive rider, and 15,000 miles a year)

Great tires, stiff sidewall, your installer may complain.
Jan 6, 2015
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Jerrold john P: Negative points, its not puncture proof. I had 6t km already and it's still thick, about 75%. I use this everyday going to work and i did one trackday with this tire. The tire really sticks when cornering. Too bad i forgot to take pictures after the session. The next track day i will try to take pictures of the tire and post it. Tnx Jan 7, 2015
Jonathan G: Currently using these tires for my Sprint GT. I commute 18 miles each way(80% highway ) I have had no issues even in the rain. I have yet to ride them in the canyons. My previous set were the BT023s and this T30s are a definite improvement. The only issue I ever had was catching a torx tool in the rear 2 days after mounting them. Jan 6, 2015
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Anna F: I havent had any problems with these tires. They grip well and ware a little faster than some tires but are fairly durable forthe type of tire they are. Jan 6, 2015
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Benjamin R: I'v had no complaints with mine. I'v put about 4,000 miles on my T30 tires including two track days and have had zero complaints with them. Jan 6, 2015
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A shopper asked: I'm looking to replace a rear Avon Storm. Honestly, I'm pretty happy with the Storm, I got 13000 miles on my ST1100 doing road trips and commuting. I'm looking to get similar mileage. Any ideas on comparing these two? The price difference would be nice if the T30's will hold up as long. One of the reviews on this site has me worried about that. Thanks. Aug 4, 2014
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Vishnu S: Hello there!

First of all, congrats on the ST1100 :) I've the same MC, a 1991 Silver, and I just installed front & rear T30s on my bike a month ago. The wear so far (~1000 miles) is very minimal & the grip/sportiness is fantastic. I dont think you have much to worry about, these tires have been well received on ST1100s & ST1300s.

If you havent yet done so, please do join ST-Owners dot com! You'll have a ton of ST1100 info at your fingertips, and also there's some real bad stuff that's happened to many riders using the Avon Storms, glad you are alright. The storms have caused many (more than 10) on the forum to experience blowouts! Its alarming - no one recommeds the storms for the ST1100 size.
Good luck with your T30 purchase! Great tire, no regrets.

1991 ST1100 (thepaleobiker on ST-Owners dot com)
Aug 5, 2014
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Garrett W: Hard to say. It depends on how you ride, what the pavement is like where you ride and what the temperatures are where you ride. 13,000 miles from a set of sport touring tires seems like an awful lot to me. I've got about 6,000 kilometers on the T-30 at this point and i think they'll last another 2,000, maybe a little more. This was aggressive sport riding in northern california in very hot weather, with a commute from Canada and back with two days of cool wet weather. I think you'd be hard pressed to get 13,000 miles out of a rear. Front probably yes. Aug 6, 2014
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Ross M: The front T-30 is wearing really well on my +600lb FJR-1300 with a lot of super slab miles on it with no cupping. The rear T-30 I do not think it'll make 10k miles since it is already showing some wear at 4K, but I could be wrong. I do like how the T-30 lets me dive into corners like the bikes original Metzler Z-6's.

A nail ended my PR-2 life early, and it was less than half worn at 9k so you may want to check a set of Michelin Pilot Roads too. Hope this helps
Aug 18, 2014
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Salvatore D: The T30 is an excellent tire but I would definitely return to the Avon storm in your case. I bought the T30 to get touring with the occasional track day use on my 1989 Ninja ZX10. I have an 18 inch rear wheel so tire selection is limited. Stick with the tires you know get the job done. 13,000 miles is excellent. Well done Aug 5, 2014
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Jerrold john P: I think the t30s is more of a track tire that has been applied new technology like the dual compound areas meaning hard on the center to give additional milage then soft at the outer to give you the grip when cornering. Storm is more of a touring that has been develop to give more milage. Aug 5, 2014
Jim C: So far i have 2500 miles on the T30 GT's, handling in wet & dry is good, and wear is minimal at this point. Previously ran 2 sets of Bridgestone 023 GT's which got over 10,000 miles on an FJR 1300, expect to get the same from the T30's. Aug 5, 2014
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Willard G: Sorry, I've not been riding for medical reasons. Only have about 2,500 on the tire. We must ride differently; I normally get 8 to 9 K on a rear tire. WG Aug 5, 2014
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A shopper asked: What are the numbers after the tire size? There is a choice of 73w, 70w or 69w. Each has a different price??? Feb 4, 2015
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Richard B C: The numbers 73. 70 and 69 are load ratings.

73 = 805 lbs
70 = 739 lbs
69 = 716 lbs

The Letter "W" is the Speed Rating

W = 168 mph maximum Speed

You can find all the load and speed ratings by simply typing into your search engine "load and speed ratings for tires" and all sorts of hits will come up. As an aside Load Ratings are logical to the uneducated mind; the lower the number the lower the maximum load.

Wikipedia has a page devoted to reading codes on side of tires as do the tire manufacturer websites.
Feb 19, 2015
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Matthew C: Load Rating followed by Speed Rating. Excerpt from RevZilla's Tires 101 page, "Normally, a downgrade in load/speed rating is a poor idea – and as such, we don’t recommend it at RevZilla. Maximum load and speed ratings are anticipated by the manufacturer, and the tires specified as OEM were chosen after plenty of research...". Pretty much just try to match the numbers on your existing tire (if you have one!) :o
Feb 27, 2015
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Lee L: Those are the load range. The heavier your bike, the higher you need. Do some research on the numbers and you will get an idea of what you need. I have a 630lb bike and it takes the 73W just fine. If you have a heavy bike you need the GT version. Feb 18, 2015
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A shopper asked: Is this tire, in a GT spec, going to wear better or worse, mileage wise than the BT-023 GT? Jan 14, 2014
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Donald C: Bridgestone themselves claim approximately 10% LESS mileage out of the T 30 Compared to the BT-023, both in the GT spec. Better traction out of the T 30 and about 10% lower priced than the BT-023. Personally I miss the BT-023, that was my favorite tire. I wish someone would make a Touring/Sport tire that favored better mileage for the touring style rider, rather than all these cookie cutter Sport/Touring tires than favor the sport rider. Sep 6, 2014
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Marcel M: Its a really good tire with good mileage no complaints! Jan 14, 2014
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David M: only a couple hundred miles so far, but a great tire. Jan 14, 2014
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Tom C asked: For street riding on a heavy adventure bike (Super Tenere), how will these compare to Pilot Road Trail 4 tires? These are about $100 less. Jan 23, 2014
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Wayne G: I am using Shinko on R1200GS. I have 5K miles on the tires they seem to be wearing well. They handle well on the road and in "light" off road.. Can't beat the price. Feb 18, 2014
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A shopper asked: Unfortunately I'm still running tubes in my tires. Would the 180/55/r17 73W fit my rim?
Jan 15, 2014
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Scott C: You want a tire that is intended to fit the make and model of your ride reguardless of the name of tire manufacturer. Make sure the wheels are made for your ride. Make sure the tire is made for your ride. You will have established the safest combination for you and your passenger. Always use an innertube, rim strip and sometimes a tire boot with wire spoke rims. Mar 3, 2014
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