Bridgestone Battlax T30 Rear Tires
I have NEVER run these in the rain, so I will let others comment on that.
I chose the 55 series because it was said that my full liter bike (Bimota SB6R) would benefit from the stronger carcass. I will NOT do that in the future. the 55 vs. the 50 changed the profile of the tire and made the tire rounder vs. bowl shaped. This does NOT allow me to access the very outermost part of the tire and leaves what they call "chicken strips" even with the pegs touching the road. The outermost part of the tire provides the most grip, as there is no tread there..... That being said, The grip on these tires is as good as any true sport tire I have ever used....That being said, as a highway rider, I never get to a point where i am actually sliding a dry tire on the roadway. (close but not "Backin' ' er in" for me, on the highways)
The mileage is nowhere near what was promised, I am at about 2,000 miles and already near the wear bars on the center strip....They will be DONE at about 4-5K. The tire heats up well and provides good grip even when slightly cool.....
Overall, I think I will choose the 190/ 50/zr17 next time. It has a smaller sidewall and a more bowl shaped profile.
October 27, 2014
Now the season has changed!
I use my 09 Yam FZ1 for a daily commuter as well as weekend twisty hunting. I bought my Bridgestones T30's in July 2014 front and rear. I'm now into late Oct and with over 7000 miles and they show very little wear. I rode in the heat, the rain, and now some up and down temps and still I get a consistent ride in all situations. I love the feedback this set gives especially in quick switch backs. In some heavy downpours I had to watch my throttle control on our 65 mph highways. And when I say that about throttle control I mean traveling above safety margins of speed and having some traction loss and the tires did not do any thing wicked. Just roll off and they would hook right back up. Once I realized I was insane that made me appreciate these puppys even more. I will recommend them again and again. My rides have been in places like Indiana to Maryland so you can imagine some of the changing road conditions in between and I have no complaints. I will see how they work in temps below 45 and report back on my results.
October 21, 2014
Good tires, fast shipping
Replaced a set of BT023's with these, tires seem similar in profile and ride quality, mounted on a Tiger 800 roadie, they might grip a little better, wear rate is too early to tell, only have about 800 miles on them. I ride in the mountains, two lane paved surface roads, these tires seem to handle that just fine, if your looking for a sport touring, I recommend them, good value and grip. Revzilla is always easy to deal with, good customer service, fast shipping, and competitive pricing.
October 6, 2014
10,000 Km (approx 6,000 miles) on an FJR1300 so far, both solo & 2 up. Tires have consistent & predictable handling in both wet and dry, minimal wear to date. Previously have used BT 023GT's, will definitely buy this tire again.
September 17, 2014
Solid tire with nice grip in the twisties and good life when stuck on the straights. Not a track tire, but a great tire for the rider doing a lot of upright riding and still wants to have good grip in the corners. Been on it for nearly 1000 miles so far, mostly upright highway, and no noticeable wear.
September 16, 2014
This tire is simply SUPER! (Sorry no rain info. I do NOT ride in the rain)
I love this tire. GREAT grip, super smooth transition, solid, and absorbs bad pavement, without even a wiggle.......
One of the finest fronts to ever grace my bike! I WILL repeat this purchase!
October 27, 2014
Neutral handling, good ride after brake-in
I bought the stiffer spec tires for my Moto Guzzi Norge and at first I thought I make a big mistake because they rode really hard. After 100-150 miles the tires smoothed out. They seem oblivious to cut up roads in prep for resurfacing, I got off an exit that the off ramp was really tore up and no drama at all and did not want to follow the grooves at all. Steers with less effort than the stock Angels but very stable. Happy so far.
September 6, 2014
Tires great, sticks better than stock BT21 and feels not confident! No issue from tire heat up nice and will stick when hitting corners.
September 2, 2014