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Want some insight on the Bridgestone Battlax BT-016 please. Heard mixed feelings about Bridgestones. Personally, I've never had them on any of my bikes so I can't say but I will be switching to a 190/55 profile in the rear of my FZ1 and getting away from the 190/50 profile and this is one of my tire options in that size.

So, Any input would be appreciated!!!


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post #2 of 18 Old 09-29-2009, 02:06 PM
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I put these on my brother-in-laws 600rr. He really likes them. No comment on the profile. I suggested them to him after reading rave reviews from a local sportbike forum.

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I bought them, never put them on and sold them. I think that qualifies me. I had a good time with my stock bridgestones that everyone seems to hate though. And got 11k miles with room to keep going.

But I ditched these because of everyone talking about the crappy mileage (i wanted another 11k!). And I worried about it in the rain. The sides of that rear tire you could almost leave fingerprints in though.

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Can only comment from second hand experience. My riding buddy has switched to them on his cbr600rr (its his first set). He swears by them in dry and wet. Downside is they don't last long at all. Will ask him how much he has on them, but I know there isn't much left.

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I put on a set a couple of weeks ago , so far I am very happy with them , very good traction , very predictable and good feed back. they seem to warm up quickly and settle in well. I can not tell you about the how many miles they are going to last ,as these are my first set . I do commute to work on the bike , and hit the canyons on the weekend, about 350 miles per week on average , and I found them on sale at "motosport.com" for about $230.00 for the set. hope this helps.

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Keep the opinions coming ... Thanks. I've heard good things about this tire so that is why I'm asking.

Plus, They are priced well. $151 for the 190/55 and $98 for the 120/70


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Keep the opinions coming ... Thanks. I've heard good things about this tire so that is why I'm asking.

Plus, They are priced well. $151 for the 190/55 and $98 for the 120/70
There is a tire argument every week on the ZX10 site, and some people love these tires. I run DCIII's, and love them.

With regards to the size difference, it can mean (depending upon tire, because there is variation) a rear height difference of 7-9 millimeters. You can try it without changing anything, or you can compensate with your forks from day one. It kind of depends on the bike and your riding style. Some bikes respond to this with problems and others don't seem to care (and this also depends on how hard you ride). I changed from 190-55's to 190-50's because I like the profile difference as it changes tip in (for my bike, a little slower tip in).

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My experience of a couple sets.
Gripping power in cold is not so great.
Tire wear is average.

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Well the BT-016's are new. They replaced the 015's.

As far as the size difference, I feel I will like it a lot. Already have raised my forks 5mm.

Everyone running this profile tire on the FZ1 states they will never go back to the 50's

We will see, What ever tire I run, It will be the 55 series


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Latest info BT-016


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My experience of a couple sets.
Gripping power in cold is not so great.
Tire wear is average.
strike that i had the 003

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I have also found this site usefull:

http://www.tirestest.com/motorradreifen/index.html

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I have also found this site usefull:

http://www.tirestest.com/motorradreifen/index.html

Thanks...So far I've heard good things.

It's like any subject...Some are for something, some are against it. Just the way the ball rolls

From all the good reviews I've read so far and the fact that I can get a set ... 190/55/17 - 120/70/17 for around $250.00 is really appealing


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if it helps...i have bt020's on the vfr and i really really like them ........



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if it helps...i have bt020's on the vfr and i really really like them ........
Thanks. They don't come in my size though

I really am leaning towards trying the BT 016's for my next set


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I just put Roadsmarts on my 19, the original rear battleax was gone in 7k miles, at the wear bar in the ctr, and it was so flat from commuting that it gave a funny tip-in feel and would slide on accel through a turn from a stoplight. Not a lot, but enough! I put the Roadsmarts on about 2k ago and LOVE them! Lighter turn in, great traction in turns, good feedback, and they are dual compound, so the ctr will last longer for commuting. My buddy put them on his gsxr1000 first (he got 3k out of his rear battleax) and he liked them, so I read all the reviews, got them installed for about $350 for both, so I went for it, and have been very satisfied! Good luck! DB

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Does any body here have any experience with " Shinko 003 Stealth" I am thinking of using them for an upcoming track day , but I have no idea as how they would perform . the price is very reasonable , about $190.00 for the set. Thanks you all.

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The new BT-016's will more then likely be my next set of tires. We will see


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