Got out on the Bridgestones today.
These are the Battlax T30 their version of the RP2 or maybe RP3, A dual compound rear tire for sport touring. I had one very short wet ride after I put them on but really didn't get a feel for them. So today I got out for a couple hundred miles in nice weather. After checking the pressure, 32 front and 36 rear I geared up and took off. I took it easy at first as they felt very slick until I had scrubbed them in a bit and then started to work them a bit harder. NICE! They felt very light but stuck like glue. Lighter, I think than the PR2s did though both seem to stick well on the back roads here. They tracked very nice and still gave good feedback on what was going on. I found I was carrying more speed through some of the turns than I normally did, 10-15 mph in what were 60 mph corners for me i was running 70+ mph and still felt very comfortable not like I was pushing. On the super slab they rode smoothly and strait. Only thing is they are fairly noisy, sounding like a turbine. Not really a problem for me as I almost always wear earplugs. How they will do into wet I can't really say the ride I did in the wet last week was very slow and only 5 miles to the store and back.
Will they win my heart over the Michelins? Well the last set of PR2 I had on the bike did everything I ask of them without a problem, offered traction and hung in there in the wet. PLUS lasted almost 13,000 miles, by my maintenance log, and still had some miles left when I changed them out. Having had ONE blow out on a motorcycle years ago I will try to avoid any more thank you! The one thing I found on the PR2s is at the end of their life they start to feel very heavy and lifeless. Not an altogether bad thing as you know it's getting time to order new meat! I had Pirellis and they stuck like glue BUT they were toast at 3,000 miles and when they went off it was like a switch had been thrown! These were on my Buell and it ate tires so I'm not slamming Pirellis and they were a out and out sport tire NOT a Sport touring tire.
Now to see how long the Bridgestones will last. I don't abuse my tires BUT I don't baby they either.
Or was that look THEN leap?
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