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Old May 2nd, 2017   #11
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Shoot! just made a long post but it was gone when I tried to post it. Anyway, yes I have put about 15 sets of 020F's on my '03 and never had a single problem with them. Did try a Michelin rear once, but can't say it was any better, just cost more. I don't know how you can compare two premium tires without back to back on a race track. My back road riding only gets about 5,500/ 6000 miles. to wear bars. At 82 I hope to have a couple years riding left.

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I hope you have several years left.

My 71 year old Dad had a bad crash in February that nearly killed him. He is back on a bike and we are getting ready for a ride to California at the end of this month. I think about you when the discussion of how long a man can safely ride comes up.

I see your son's name often in the motorcycle magazines. He seems to be very good at what he does.
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Old May 2nd, 2017   #12
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I don't know how you can compare two premium tires without back to back on a race track.

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I did a back to back comparison of the Bridgestone 020F and the Michelin PR4-GT.
Same day same road.

I have two sets of wheels.
Set "A" had brand new 020F's and Set "B" had brand new PR4-GT's.
42/42 F/R on both sets.

The Michelin's needed to impress me because the 020F had been a long time favorite, mileage and stick to the road wet or dry.
They did.
I did not think you could out stick the 020 but the Michelin just felt better connected to the street at any speed.

I was told they were a bitch to mount, they were not. It's all about Heat.
Warm them up they will jump right on.
No "balance dot" was no issue, they balanced fine at a 1/4 gram less than the 020.
Both sets of wheels have the "light spot" marked in the valley.
Put the dot on the mark for the 020, mount the Michelin on and see if you need to move it, I did not.

Bypassed the track, don't tour on one, and went with the road I know best.

Michelin PR4-GT is the new favorite.


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Old May 3rd, 2017   #13
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Nice looking bike Bryan. I bought my 03 two years ago. I have a 04 Yamaha Midnight Venture I bought brand new. Now have 85,000 miles on it. The wife has slowed down riding with me so now I take the ST more often. Last fall I did 750 miles on it in one day. I did not think it would be possible after so many comfortable miles on the Venture. The Venture weighs 230 lbs more than the ST
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Nice looking bike Bryan. I bought my 03 two years ago. I have a 04 Yamaha Midnight Venture I bought brand new. Now have 85,000 miles on it. The wife has slowed down riding with me so now I take the ST more often. Last fall I did 750 miles on it in one day. I did not think it would be possible after so many comfortable miles on the Venture. The Venture weighs 230 lbs more than the ST
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I am certain that the front is a Bridgestone BT-020. I know those were the tires that came as original equipment on most of the ST1300s sold here.

My concern would not be the number of miles.

I would be worried about the number of years. There is a date code on the sidewall.

I actually liked those tires back in the day. I like the Michelins better but I got decent results from those Bridgestones.

Nothing but misery from every Bridgestone tire I had afterwards...
Both tires are BT-020's. The date codes are as follows:

front: 1415 (April 2015?)
Rear: 4114 (October 2014?)
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Both tires are BT-020's. The date codes are as follows:

front: 1415 (April 2015?)
Rear: 4114 (October 2014?)
Excellent!

With those date codes being fairly recent I would not hesitate to continue riding on them until they wear out.

As I stated earlier, I actually liked those tires back in the day. My '04 ST1300 and Dad's '07FJR both came with those tires and neither of us had any issues with them.

The BT-021s that replaced them were junk...
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Welcome to the forum and ST ownership. I also have an '05, absolutely love the color and the bike. Mine has 27k miles and Bridgestone Battlax tires, which I'll likely replace with Michelin PR 4's when the time comes. The ST is by far the finest bike I've ever owned. Enjoy and be safe!
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RedFish,

Thanks for the kind words one week ago. Sorry about your dad's crash, if it happens to me, has not in 40 years, I will be done. Last week I took Ca. 36 over to Fortuna and back the next day. My right bag fell off and I got it back thanks to a couple of great mountain guys.

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You may want to consider buying the color matched topcase for sale here on the forum instead of a GIVI. It's more money but it looks terrific and it has the same capacity.
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You may want to consider buying the color matched topcase for sale here on the forum instead of a GIVI. It's more money but it looks terrific and it has the same capacity.
I looked in to the Honda top case with the spoiler, but just couldn't justify the added cost. I ended up getting the Givi and the color matching lid. Of course, by the time I bought the lid, box, backrest and mounting bracket, I wasn't too far off of the cost of the Honda top case. I think it looks good, though. I'm planning to add more led's in the future.
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