Bridgestone T30 mileage report
I just replaced my first set of Bridgestone T30s and I thought Iíd report on the mileage I got from them; especially compared to the other tires Iíve had on my Versys. Since these tires only became available earlier this year, Iím assuming not too many of you have worn out a set yet.
The front tire, mounted in February, got to about 7300 miles. The rear tire, mounted in March, got to about 6800 miles. Most of my riding is done on twisty roads in my local area, with occasional multi-hundred mile trips. I donít recall riding on these tires in the rain, so I canít comment on that aspect of performance. Rainís been pretty scarce in these parts lately.
I generally run my tires until the wear bars are more or less flush with the rest of the tread on the rear. Fronts are a harder call as they mostly wear on the sides.
Getting over 6500 miles on a rear is extraordinary for me. I am very pleased with the mileage from the T30s, especially at their price-point.
Other tires Iíve used and (rear tire) mileage Iíve gotten from them:
Shinko Ravens (3 sets) - worst about 4000, best about 5500
Bridgestone BT021 (1 set) - about 4800
Bridgestone BT023 (2 sets) - about 5,000 and about 7600 (cross country trip)
Conti Motion (1) - about 3500
Pirelli Anget GT (1 set) - about 5600
Michelin PR3 (1) - about 3600 (!)
Yes, including the OEM tire, I am on my 12th rear tire!
So the T30s have given me the best mileage performance under ďnormalĒ conditions. Our 2up cross country trip was especially easy on tires as there is less acceleration and braking when travelling long distances.
I have found that all of the above tires have very good feel and handling in my opinion. None of them did anything weird and all worked well with the Versys. In all cases, the crispness of the handling fell off in the end of their life. New tires are much better than old tires!
So it works out that the T30s are the lowest price per mile of anything Iíve used. The replacement set I just bought from American Motorcycle Tire was $210.xx to my door. It seems like a premium tire at a relatively modest price.
Of course, your mileage may vary...a lot. But the above tires were all ridden by me under similar conditions to get the results I got, which should make for valid tire-to-tire comparisons.
I hope this helps someone in their tire selection.