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post #1 of 7 Old 04-14-2009, 06:06 AM Thread Starter
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bt021 overall review

Hey everyone,

I know these tire threads are in no short supply, still I wanted to provide a overall review of the bt021's I put on my 919 last October that I've been updating everyone about the last few posts comparing it to pilot power 2cts.

Well, the rear is finally ready for replacement after 6000 miles of mixed riding( harder cornering in fall and recently) and many ( above average)highway rides in the dead of the winter. The front looks to have another 1500-2000k or so left in it.

for direct comparison I have run michelin pilot power 2cts's supersport street/trackday tires on my sv1000 and have gotten about 3500-4000K out of rear and 5000K out of front.

aside from the mileage difference I would alos say that for 90% of real sport riding the bt021 perform fantastically compared to pilot powers; its only in the last 10% of really fast 9/10ths street riding that I could appreciate the added grip of the pilot powers( and again that's at corner speeds that frankly are not suited for the constraints of the road).

I would further argue that the bt021's provide more feedback as their optimum zone is at lower speeds.

other plus'...
- stability is excellent, even at real high speeds on highway, straight line or sweeper
-bump insulation is fantastic providing a cushy ride comapred to the hard feel of the pilot powers
- accuracy is quite good though not at pilot powers precision.

so, while I have not used any other 'sport-touring' tire, I can honestly say that for anyone who wants a tire that leans very much to the sport side of the equation( no pun intended:001_smile The Bt021's are an excellent choice! Good mileage coupled with excellent performance!

The icing on the cake is that their also the least expensive in terms of what you can get them for from various sites.

great day!

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-14-2009, 06:46 AM
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dougie: Thanks for the info.

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I also have new BTO 21's.........very noticeable improvement on ride quality and stability over the original Michelins, soaks up road shocks nicely. Works for me since my riding is more oriented to touring. Price not bad either.

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On the FJR Forum the rear tires have recieved great reviews, where the fronts have been condemned for odd wear and strange handling as they start to wear. Maybe the heavier FJR beats up the front more. I have them on my '08 FJR from the factory and so far I think they're great, but I only have 1300 miles on it.

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I think I'll be trying these next as a sport-touring tire. Thanks for the review.

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post #6 of 7 Old 04-16-2009, 07:32 PM
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hi, may i know what pressure r u pumping for your front and rear tyre for ur 021? Just got mine front changed to 021, my rear is 020 (50% left). This combo doesn't feels rite. Am suspecting the pressure is too much or insufficient.

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