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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-05-2019, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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Bridgestone Battlax SportTouring T31 v Dunlop Roadsmart III

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Had the bike for a month now, sadly still on the OE tires, which have about 7k on them and riding very poorly. Time for a change and while I don't want to get into a tire debate, my new shop recommended the Bridgestone Battlax SportTouring T31 Tire. I was going to buy the Dunlop RS III's again, as I had them on my Ninja 100 w/good results, but I think he's almost talked me out of them.

So, anybody got any experience on the T31's? Forum search didn't reveal anything.
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Everybody I know that has had them liked them... RS3's might last a bit longer but T31's will grip better in the wet. Go for it.

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I have Dunlop Roadsmart on mine and like them, they seem less suseptible to cuts which is important to me.

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Others will disagree but I think that almost anything is an upgrade over the OE Bridgestones.


I really like the Michelins. Some like to run one brand on the front and another on the rear. Some are fanatically dedicated to one brand or another.


I think that in this case either of your choices would be a Win. And if you ride the bike you should be replacing these tires within the year anyway. Try something different each time until you find what you like.
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t31 GT, don't forget the GT. I have them, and man they track nice so far, but less than 1000 miles on them so far, so can't say too much. Had dunlop rs on the bike when I got it, and they wore real funky, I didn't think too much of them.
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I, personally, have not found a set of Dunslops that didn't have issues in the wet and/or cold. I did have the T31's on my prior ST1300 and I was very impressed with them. When the Continental Road Attack 3's that I am currently running are done (soon) I plan to make the switch to the T31's myself. The pricing and longevity make them a no-brainer for me

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GT is a tuning preference. Can't get a GT version of the RS3.

I have a set of T31 GTs waiting util needed in the garage. Bought from RM where ironically the GT rear was cheaper than non, and front was same cost either way.

Really liked T30 Evo GT but for 10-20% shorter life out of the rear than I am used to. Used to 5 front tires to 4 rear tires but the T30 Evo GT rear wore out faster than the front. Still, I bought T31s.

I think the RS3 rides like it has too much air in the front tire even at 36 PSI. Steered too easy, wasn't skittish, but I could live with it for the right price. The T30's were my favorite tire so far. Shinko 016 was by far the worst.

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I prefer Michelinís. Dislike bridgestones.

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I’m on my second set of T31 GTs, having previously run a set of PR4GTs on the FJR, and several sets on an ST1300.

I like the T31s better. Performance is equal to the PR4, mileage is the same, but the tires wear more evenly and the don’t cup/scallop like the PR4s did.
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PS that picture of my rear tire is after 4,000 mile trip to Colorado. 1,000 miles of slab @ 80-85 to get there and back, and 2,000 miles of canyons and sight seeing.
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