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Battlax t31 tires

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My 2018 versys is now with almost 13.000 km and needs new shoes. She still has the stock tires on.

My choices are the Bridgestone Battlax T31 or the Continental Contiroadattack 3.

I don't go off road, only paved street for commuting and touring.

Any experience with these two sets of tires that you can share?

I was leaning toward the Continental ones, but it seems dificult ti get those as they are out of stock for now.

The T31 are a bit cheaper and at least on paper seems like a good compromise.

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I am with Battlax T31 and they are good, but your payments/roads maybe different form ours here.

Have been with Battlax series since 09 and they do last the tropical punishment.
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I just finished up a T31 in the rear though I still have a Dunlop RS III on the front.

I liked it. It handled and rode quite nicely all the way to the end. No drama, stayed hooked up to the pavement, always. No chicken strip left on it. Length of tread life seems to be in line with an Angel GT and RS III on the rear for me, though I can't compare it to the original tire as I bought the bike used.

I was able to buy it for less than US$110 with a rebate. I bought four rears and a front, should be good for just over a year. 2.5 rears to one front seems to be my tire wear ratio, but the bike is ridden hard, principally in the mountains. I ride about 20k miles per year, mostly playing in the twisties.

It works surprisingly decent on dirt roads and light off road, though obviously not so good in mud and deep sand.

I wouldn't hesitate to buy more once my supply is exhausted.
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I have been running the S21. It is a fantastic high performance tire. I have run several different tires on my V-650 and it is the best handling and longest lasting tire of the bunch.

Significantly less money than other tires in it's category. Also less money than the S31.

Right now Bridgestone is running it's rebate program.

Pretty sure you would be impressed too.

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I have been running the S21. It is a fantastic high performance tire. I have run several different tires on my V-650 and it is the best handling and longest lasting tire of the bunch.



Significantly less money than other tires in it's category. Also less money than the S31.



Right now Bridgestone is running it's rebate program.



Pretty sure you would be impressed too.
I've looked at this also... But it's a more sport oriented tire... I'm affraid about duration.

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Big fan of the Metzeler Roadtec 01. I believe Michelin (Spain) and Metzeler (I think, Germany) are both manufactured in the EU.
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https://www.bridgestone.com/products...lax/bt016.html

The tire that gave me confidences in riding the highways. Sticks like a rail in dry and wet. Only downside is low mileage in term of useful life.
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I've looked at this also... But it's a more sport oriented tire... I'm affraid about duration.

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I get 4000 miles from a set. I tend to ride hard.

Other supposed higher mileage tires like PR4 and Pirelli Angel GT did not last as long as the S21's.

Personally I would rather have a fantastic handling tire that does not let go or slide when pushed but wears a tad sooner, than a tire that costs more and lasts a little longer but lets you down when you need it the most. All that higher mileage and money saved goes out the window the moment your arse and beautiful bike contacts the pavement at 50 mph. Just saying.
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...All that higher mileage and money saved goes out the window the moment your arse and beautiful bike contacts the pavement at 50 mph. Just saying.
Tim - would you AVOID that by traveling at 49 mph?

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I've put an order for the Roadattack 3.

They where just 13€ more than the T31 and was my inicial choice.

The other reasons are that I ever had a rear tire that is single coumpond and I'm cusious to try. Also I'm doing a trip in 3 days and the traction skin from the tires is supposed to don't need scrubbing in. So let's see how this goes... And also this tire was considered the best all weather touring tire in a lot of tests, leaning more to a sporty side of touring...



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I've put an order for the Roadattack 3.

They where just 13€ more than the T31 and was my inicial choice.

The other reasons are that I ever had a rear tire that is single coumpond and I'm cusious to try. Also I'm doing a trip in 3 days and the traction skin from the tires is supposed to don't need scrubbing in. So let's see how this goes... And also this tire was considered the best all weather touring tire in a lot of tests, leaning more to a sporty side of touring...



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Tim - would you AVOID that by traveling at 49 mph?

No. Margin of error would bite you on the butt.

Oh. I’m sorry, you were asking a different Tim?
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...Oh. I’m sorry, you were asking a different Tim?...
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i liked the t30 and t31. now i like the avon spirit. great all weather tire and great life.

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I don’t think you can go wrong with either of those choices tbh, Go with what has a rebate or costs less. Both should give good tread wear on the versys.

I’ve run the stock tires (rear dead at 4k) a Avon Spirit St F/R which I was very impressed with, rear was on track for 8k miles 12.8k km with a very heavy rider and luggage (i weigh 280lbs). Front lasted about 11kmiles/17.7k km and still had life left I just replaced it on a Alaska trip. I’ve run a set of Continental Trail attack 3’s which the rear wore out at 4500 miles 7200km (alaska Yukon road, exceptionally rough on tires), Front is still on the bike with .5mm wear in 4k miles. And I’ve got a Dunlop Roadsmart II on the back now (the redesigned cheaper one). It’s on track for 8k miles so far (2k on it now).

Modern sport touring tires are so damn good that other than the profile difference it’s tough to go with a pure sport tire since they wear longer. Depends on the tire profile if it’s rounded or aggressive. I prefer a quick drop into the corners.
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The tire that gave me confidences in riding the highways. Sticks like a rail in dry and wet. Only downside is low mileage in term of useful life.
The 016 is literally one step removed from the Q3 track day tire. Except it is decent in the wet, where you have to have a death wish to ride Q3s in the wet. Probably most comparable to a Power RS, though the Michelins probably have a little more tread life and wet grip.

I use the Michelin Road 5 myself, they handle amazingly, dry or wet, worth every penny IMHO. I absolutely wail on them in the canyons, and still get about 7000mi out of a rear and 12,000mi out of a front, I believe the outside compound (they are dual compound front and rear) is the same as what is used on the Power RS, or close to it.

FWIW, the Bridgestone T30/T31 is what Kawi puts on the Versys 1000 from the factory, including the new SE.
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I ended up installing the Contiroadattack 3, as the price was the same and I wanted to try a Single compound tire. I'll let you know when I put some decent miles on it.

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