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Old June 7th, 2012   #11
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Default Re: Review - Bridgestone Battlax 023-GT Tires

My OEM 020F front tire got around 11,000 miles.
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Old June 7th, 2012   #12
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I don't know if the OEM 020f is an "exceptional" tire or not and I don't think many on here could tell. I know that they have saved my butt a couple times when a bike came around a blind corner on my side of the road. After moving over very quick I had to swerve back hard enough that my fairing did a hard grind and I did not slide out. Never any issues with cupping which I always had with Dunlops.

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My ST came with the 020s and so did Dad's FJR. We were both quite happy with the 020s both front and rear. Right about the time we were both ready for our first replacement Bridgstone introduced the 021 with a dual compound rear. We thought that if the BT020 was good the replacement must be better. We were wrong as were alot of others. If Michelin had not introduced the Pilot Road 2 we were going back to the BT020s. We both thought that the 020 was a good, solid, reliable tire. It is not as good as the more modern tires.
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Default Re: Review - Bridgestone Battlax 023-GT Tires

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I don't know if the OEM 020f is an "exceptional" tire or not and I don't think many on here could tell. I know that they have saved my butt a couple times when a bike came around a blind corner on my side of the road. After moving over very quick I had to swerve back hard enough that my fairing did a hard grind and I did not slide out. Never any issues with cupping which I always had with Dunlops.

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The BT 020 F is the best of the 2 "OEM" tire brand ,Bridgestone and Dunlop ,who specifically designed for the ST 1300 . There is quite a few model and brand of tire to replace the front one . . .but ,for the back one ,this is another thing since this tire have one more belt in the tread zone and one more belt also in the side zone . . . their job, the weigth of that verry big sport bike,it is almost impossible to get the equivalent in the aftermarket.

The "BT 023 GT" might be the answer . My two cent.

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I did have a Metzler on the back for a few thousand miles.
It was also good.
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Default Re: Review - Bridgestone Battlax 023-GT Tires

I've been running the B023's since they were released. I consistently get better than 8k out the rear and double that on the front. For me the sides (rear tire) always wear out first. I tried to push the miles one time.....

Checked the pressure in the am and the tread looked good for 500 more. 200 miles of two-up chip seal @ 90+ degrees......

Is the GT version still a dual compound? Does the softer sidewall hold up any better?
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Default Re: Review - Bridgestone Battlax 023-GT Tires

Got a few hundred ( broke in) the new rear BT23R,,,I have to say I doo like this tire a lot.
Great cornnering. Havent had any rain ,,yet. The last rear ( BT023F ) was reaplaced at around 8k. I know this new one will go just as long. Smooth ride,,very stable.
42psi front & rear. ( work days, single up. weekends 2up) Will keep you posted on the satus & miles.
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I've been running the B023's since they were released. I consistently get better than 8k out the rear and double that on the front. For me the sides (rear tire) always wear out first. I tried to push the miles one time.....

Checked the pressure in the am and the tread looked good for 500 more. 200 miles of two-up chip seal @ 90+ degrees......

Is the GT version still a dual compound? Does the softer sidewall hold up any better?
Deano, I am confused. The tire in the picture is not a Bridgestone BT023. That is a Michelin.
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Default Re: Review - Bridgestone Battlax 023-GT Tires

UPDATE : July 1st

The more I ride the BT 023GT (r), the more I like it & the more(better)
this tire performs. Cornerring is exceptional ! Smoooth on hwy or on back roads.
I feel .. one can ride with confidence, with the BT 023GT (r)
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Nice write-up. I agree completely. Super tire. I have 11,000+ on a set of 023's and they still have good tread left on them, front and rear. I'm guessing I'll get another 2,000-3,000 miles on the rear. More on the front.
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