Bridgestone Battlax T30 Rear Tires
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
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. ..bike 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
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
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
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