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Bridgestone BT-023 after 9200 miles

I have been more than impressed with these tires. Had them on since may and commuted daily, around Lake Superior, and down to the Dragon. New rear comes Monday.



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I really like mine. I would be happy to get that many miles but somehow I doubt it.

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Mine had that weird left of center line around the tread too.
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The BT023 perform very well especially in the dry with good mileage life.

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I am happy with these tires on my versys as well


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The BT023 perform very well especially in the dry with good mileage life.
Is this a polite way of saying they are not so good in the wet?

I had a set of the new Bridgestone S-20's this spring, excellent in the wet but the rear went away too fast for me- 3k miles. Replaced with 023's.
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Yes, Baron. It is. Used the PR3 and they are better tires in the wet.
Metzeler roadtec Z8 said to be the top of the sport touring segment now.

Have the same Bridgestone combi as you. S20 front and BT023 rear.

Didn't get the S20 rear as some info like "it just feels like the front S20 is writing cheques the rear can't cash" and "the front-end's wow factor deserves a better performing dance partner".

Have a good feel with these in the wet and dry.








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I was thinking about getting this package for my wife's versys: http://www.chaparral-racing.com/Prod...kit/B-007.aspx . It consists of the 120/70 17 and the 160/60 17 Bridgestone BT-023. She is not a hard rider and rides mostly city streets. Safety would be the main concern. We do have frequent showers in the summer in this area. Is this a package you guys would recommend or should I look at something else. What kind of tread life could she expect with her fairly timid mostly city riding
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The BT023s are my tire of choice on my Ninja 650R and on my girlfriend's ZR7 as well. I get 12k out of the rear. Not too much rain around here, but they seem to do just fine. It's true the PR3 is a better tire in the wet, but it'll cost you more too. rockymountainatv.com has the best prices I've found.


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Just got a set in. Don't have them on yet.
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Mine had that weird left of center line around the tread too.
Mine, too! Freaked me out so much that I bought a Michelin Pilot Power. (Now I'm running a brand-new Dunlop Q2 and I'll go back to Michelin when this one is worn.)

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I'm liking these 23's. I haven't got 5k miles out of a tire on any bike in a long time. Heading for 6k on the rear and they look about like Skeeters. Happy in the wet with them and great in the dry. Will be getting another rear soon.
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The 023 is the best front tire I've ever had on any bike, hands down.

The rear is just like any other, wears out fast, and doesn't do nears as much work as the front, or have near as much fun.

Here is the 023 front with a nearly worn out 3rd rear.



And my sweet new Heidenau Scout, the 023 is still on in this photo, 4th rear tire for this front. I now have a Distanzia on the front.


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How was that ride over Hagerman? I've done it on a mountain bike (with panniers/40lbs of gear), but not on the Versys... but always tempted to try it.
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Yes, Hagerman didn't suck too badly, as the photo's reveal.

The first photo was from LaPlata canyon outside of Durango. Here is one more from that.



But really, I should be riding with at least one other person when I do this, I supppose.

And more from Hagerman.







How did we get from tires to this??????

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I've had BT-20 on my VFR and that front was scary as hell, cupped really early. Replaced them with Michelin Pilot Road 2s and it transformed the bike.
The Versys came with BT23 and they were much better. However, the front cups pretty bad too when worn, but it does not provide the scary feeling. Wearing both of them pretty flat in the middle after the last leg of the last trip was through deserts and Montana makes it for a heavy steering bike, but not unstable feeling.
So, while BT23 is ok, a new set of Pilot Road 2s goes soon on this bike as well.
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Batan, I roasted a PR-2 rear in short order out in Eastern Oregon. The same trip left the 023 looking fine. YRMV.
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Installed a BT-023(rear) ~5500 miles ago, I think it's gonna be done for in less 1000 more but am well pleased. Best mileage I've had was a Avon Storm 2 ,~10,000 but this tire was so heavy I had to shorten gearing to pull it. With a moniker (Storm) you,d think great in the wet? Leaned over it was,but straight up I couldn't touch the rear brakes without lock-up. Going back next with the BT-023.

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