Bridgestone BT023 Comment
I meant to throw this out months ago, but got distracted. Saw my pics recently and remembered I was going to make a comment or two on the BT023s.
I've actually been liking the Bridgestone sport touring tires since the BT020s I had on my VFR years ago. The BT023s I put on my Versys have not let me down. In fact, I think they're excellent examples of tire evolution. They really are soft on the sides and harder in the middle. Track time, commuting, sport touring, and dyno time. I replaced the rear with 6000 miles of hard use. The pictures show the front still gripping with 6500 miles. I eventually replaced the front with almost 8500 miles and it wasn't to the wear marks yet. Just wanted the fresh feel and curvature back.
In these pics I have my Fly Banshee bend handlebars and modified Seat Concepts seat installed. I end up with an adjusted body position, but its still sporty enough. Ground clearance is the biggest restraining factor the bike throws at you. Even after removing the peg feelers I can't get a true edge shred on the rear. I could jack up a bunch of spring pressure front and back, but I don't like the way it handles with the suspension less compliant.
Anyway, not a thing wrong with the Bridgestones in my opinion. Wonder what the BT30s will be like.