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Bridgestone BT-023 Feedback

Im curious how the new BT-023's are performing on the FJR. I am a huge fan of the Michelin PR tires and am interested in seeing if folks are staying with the OEMs or are they trading out for something else. I really disliked the Brigestones on the Concours14.

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Most people are ditching the Bridgestones and going with Michelin PR3s, or now the PR4s. I switched to PR3s last year. I noticed slightly better handling in dry weather, and loads more traction in rain.

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BT-023GTs are discontinued, so any '23s you find are NOS. The replacement is the T-30GT.

Personally, I like the Bridgestones. But... I've never tried others. For my riding, I tend to go by the tenet "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". It doesn't help that the Michelins are about $75 a pair more than the T-30s. The Pirelli Angel GT's similarly more expensive.

I typically get about 7k miles on both ends, although.... my current rear is a non-GT T30, because the half-wit at CycleGear said on the phone that the tire she had was a GT, but it wasn't. I needed it sooner than later, so I took it. We'll see how long it lasts.
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As sbixby says, the '23 are discontinued and IMHO that's a good thing : ) I found that I needed a lot of bar pressure to hold a line with these tyres and they 'tramlined' terribly. Got to about 6000km and the front just disappeared on the right hand side, possibly due to road camber in Australia.

Replaced with PR4s which were pretty good but now have a new favourite - Pirelli Angel GT A's. Have about 3000km on them now - handling is great and they still look brand new. They also seem to soak up the bumps better than the PR4's which is great on our crappy roads : )

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I dislike Bridgestones so much that when I buy a new bike, if it has OEM Bridgestones fitted, I get them replaced with Michelin's before I take delivery of the bike. I've had so many disappointments with the things over the many years that I have been riding that I simply wont tolerate having them on my bike.
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I'm running the BT-030GT's on both mine right now....having good luck rain or shine, hot or cold....I liked the 023's better on my gravel road..ran a snow squall on the way to work this morning and had good grip....just got home 23* and didn't squiggle at all....pulling 8-10k for miles before I take them off...still have tread but feel safer with good rubber

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I didn't like the Bridgestones at all and now have PR3's on and it's like a whole different bike.
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The Bridgestone BT-023 tires that came on my '13 were not the same tires as the BT-023GTs that I replaced them with. I liked the BT-023GTs much better and used three sets of them. When the T30s were introduced I used one set of those and liked them as well.

I've got Michelin PR4s on it now to see if they last longer. I can't really tell they feel any better than the BT-023GTs or the T30s. Whether I used them again or not will depend on whether they last long enough to justify the 30% additiional cost.
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But Wilburrrrrrrrr...... that's 5 sets of tires on a 13' model.

Dang Mr Ed..... What is Wilbur feeding you to make you run so many miles so fast?
Oh... Never mind. I just remembered where abouts' you live.


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My new ( used 2013) had it's second set shod with the T30's with 3000k miles on them when I bought it. I have added another 2k miles and I can't wait to get them off. The rear probably has another 2k left on it but the front is badly cupped and I don't trust them in the tight stuff. I will gladly pay a few more bucks for the Angel GT's or the PR-4s..
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