Bridgestone BattleWing 502 Tire
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
Solid performmance, reasonable price.
Using the Battlewings on a Yamaha Super Tenere. The riding performance both on dry pavement and in the rain has been extremely solid: good handling, steering and braking. Stability and tracking at freeway speeds is excellent. Replaced the original rear tire at about 11k miles and the original front is still going strong at about 13.5k. Off the pavement, the tires are a bit less stellar, but good enough for the dirt and gravel roads I ride. I sometimes think I'd like to try Michelin Anakees on the Super-T, but the Bridgestones are giving all the performance I need at a much better price point.
September 23, 2013
Excellent grip/average life
I use these (front and rear) on DL1000 v-strom. The rear gets right at 6-7000 miles. I commute mostly in a very fast and high traffic area (Dallas.) I typically get less miles per tire than other reviewers on all of my bikes.
I find these to be the best balance of grip/longevity/price for my usage.
September 16, 2013