Bridgestone BattleWing BW-502 Rear Tires
If it's not broke, don't fix it (Take note Michelin!)
These Bridgestone's came as OEM fitment on my 2014 Yamaha Super Tenere ES, and as my title says...if it's not broke, don't fix it. I am currently replacing these with like for like because I can't find any reason to switch to this tire's competition.
I live in Austin, TX where we see shorter life out of tires due to course asphalt and 100+ temperatures and I still got over 8000 miles out of the rear tire before it was flush with the wear bars. That's exceptional around here for a tire that performs as well as these do at everything. These tires have never let me down with very hard road riding (I use every ounce of these tires), gravel, pouring rain, some mud, etc. My front is still trucking along and I predict it will be okay until around 11000 miles or more.
I feel that these are truly one of the only 80/20 tires remaining to pick from. Competition like the Michelin Anakee 3, Metzeler Tourance Next, Conti Road Attack 2 and others are all like 90/10 or 95/5 and even though I don't ride majority off road - I still do plenty enough to desire more than a 90/10 can give me off road. These Bridgestone's did everything I asked of them recently doing several hundred miles of off road on Colorado passes up to 13000 feet. Including large sharp rock, dirt, gravel, mud, grass, etc. Passes included Cumberland Pass, Ceballo Pass, Los Pinos Pass, and Cottonwood Pass as well as many treks off of these passes into areas unknown to me. All off road and these did as excellent as you can ask for out of a tire that got me there from Austin and back in a mix of dry and pouring rain. Hot and cold.
If it's not broke, don't fix it...so another set of Bridgestone's will go on. I've read too much bad about the leading competitors (Anakee 3, Tourance Next, others) to risk trying something different when I KNOW that these work exceptional and are proven to take a darn good off road beating at speeds over large sharp rock. No cupping, no abnormal well, just a darn good tire.
Thanks for making such a great tire Bridgestone and please refrain from following in the footsteps of other manufacturers that go more road oriented. These fit the bill perfectly. There was nothing wrong with the Anakee 2's but Michelin proceeded to replace them with a tire that is now iffy. In the past I always replaced my stock tires with Anakee's when they wore out, but not anymore. These Bridgestones are every bit as good or better than the last set of Anakee 2's that I ran.
Please don't change these Bridgestone! They're not broke, so please don't fix them! ;)
September 14, 2014
Great on my Super Tenere
Really happy with the superior on-pavement performance. I commute year round, all weather, and these tires will take maximum lean angle while providing great road feedback. Plus I"m getting 13K miles out of them before they hit the wear bars.
May 12, 2014
Street tires, slippery on gravel and off road
This is not a 50-50 tire, at the most is a 90-10. You can kiss the idea to ride in seated position on a gravel, dusty, road goodbye. You can drive in stand up position with a lot of care. It might work on a heavy slower bike such a GS1200 but on a Tiger 800 XC it has just no grip. It feels like "floating" with no feeling of control at all, at 50km/h is risky, at 80 is just suicide....
On the other hand it has plenty of grip on the street. Curves, and stability very good, wet conditions does the job.
I'm changing my tires to the K60, my riding mate, has those on his Tiger 800XC, not that incredible on the street, still very good grip at corning, but the real thing on the gravel
Triumph Tiger 800 XC
February 7, 2014
Excellent tire for the money, great street tire for Big Traillie bikes
Excellent tire for the price, great street tire for Big Traillies!
January 27, 2014
Good reliability, take some time to warm-up
2009 R1200GS Adventure
I liked this tire, do not treat it as a sporty tour tire
I rode about 17k miles with it and it was really good
It did slip a couple of times when I accelerated out of the turns, though pretty predictable.
Some anecdote to share is riding across a bridge in the highway with strong wing, the heavy R12Adv did change to the left lane (this happened to me 3-4 times), not sure if its due to low grip but it hasn't happened to me again with the conti trail attacks.
Good balance between durability, on road traction and fire-road riding.
Excellent bang for the buck!
January 20, 2014
I just write a review on front tire. Together with this rear tire. They give me so confident in leaning. And also I find they are more accurate in cornering. Have consider other brand before, but compare to the price and the pattern. I decide to choose this. The pattern is so pretty :)
January 11, 2014
stable dual sport
Designed for the big Yamaha TDM, works great on my SV which is converted to a dual sport
January 3, 2014
Excellent price and fast shipping
Great replacement tire for my V-Strom. Grips well on the road. Very hard to hand mount, had to take it to a shop and have it machine mounted. Other than that, saved a lot of money with a great price. Will see how it holds up, my other Bridgestone lasted 7000 miles
December 4, 2013