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Bridgestone T30 GT Tyres

Postby Derek-Dex-French » 04 Jul 2014, 17:04

Has anyone yet tried the new Bridgestone T30 GT Tyres on the ST1300?
My BT023s will be due for replacement in the next month or so and debating what replacement. A Pan Clan member in France recommends the new Pirelli PR4s as excellent (and not noisy like the earlier PR2s). Any thoughts anyone?
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Re: Bridgestone T30 GT Tyres

Postby Uncle Phil » 04 Jul 2014, 17:31

I rode a set in New Zealand on an ST1300. Got about 5,000 miles and they were pretty much toast but their roads are primarily chip and seal. I have a set in my garage waiting for me to install on my 02 ST1100. I figure if 5,000 miles on chip and seal, I should be able to get better than that on 'normal' roads. They handled fine but I did have a few times that they broke loose on wet pavement. But that could have been the type of roads in New Zealand. Their roads seemed lot more slick when wet that I am used to seeing around here.
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Re: Bridgestone T30 GT Tyres

Postby alans1100 » 04 Jul 2014, 17:43

Derek-Dex-French wrote:Has anyone yet tried the new Bridgestone T30 GT Tyres on the ST1300?
My BT023s will be due for replacement in the next month or so and debating what replacement. A Pan Clan member in France recommends the new Pirelli PR4s as excellent (and not noisy like the earlier PR2s). Any thoughts anyone?


In case you missed my post I'm in the process of putting them on my 1100 (1300 rear) but not to many over here have tried them yet or they've just been put on. I'm hoping for a better mileage over the BT023 GT spec which got just 9500 km on the rear.

Michelin PR4s are new as well but supposedly better than the PR3 with around the 15,000 km mileage for most. A few guys run Shinko Verge (cheaper tyre) with similar wear to the PR3. I would have gone with the PR4 but budget wouldn't allow it this time around.
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Re: Bridgestone T30 GT Tyres

Postby Derek-Dex-French » 04 Jul 2014, 18:05

Alan, isn't the 1300 rear (170/60) a bit too low-profile for the 1100 (normally 160/70)? The 1100 side stand is fairly upright as it is.
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Re: Bridgestone T30 GT Tyres

Postby Uncle Phil » 04 Jul 2014, 20:04

Derek - The actual difference is not noticeable (even to the ABSII system). I've been running PR3s (ST1300 sizes) for a while now on both of my ABSII ST1100s. The front ABSII ST1100 happens to be the same size as the ST1300 front. I'm just not getting the 'expected' mileage out of the PR3s (less than 5,000 miles on a rear PR3) so I thought I'd try the BT030s. ;-)
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Re: Bridgestone T30 GT Tyres

Postby alans1100 » 05 Jul 2014, 05:25

Derek-Dex-French wrote:Alan, isn't the 1300 rear (170/60) a bit too low-profile for the 1100 (normally 160/70)? The 1100 side stand is fairly upright as it is.


The 170/60 is a better option if the 160/70 isn't available.

I've had dealers fit 160/60 tyres when no 160/70 tyre was available. It seems a logical choice to make but the weight rate 69 or 324 kgs for the tyre is well below the 73 or 365 kgs for the standard tyre. That alone makes the next suitable tyre that can be used is the 1300 rear as the weight rating is 72 or 355kgs.

Another important consideration is the importance of tyre size for the ABS/TCS computer. As far as overall wheel/tyre diameter is concerned the 1300 is placed between 160/60 and 160/70 and for the ABS 1100 makes 170/60 tyre a better option.

Tyre availability from the wholesalers/makers is another thing. Bridgestone seem to be the only one supplying 160/70 tyres in Australia so that means if you want to use a PR4 e.g. then we have to go to the next best size which is the 1300 rear. The profile might be a little lower and the tyre width is a little wider which gives a little more rubber on the road.

Side stand issue isn't that much to worry about centre stand can be with the 160/60 tyre but I don't have a problem with the 170/60 tyre.
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Re: Bridgestone T30 GT Tyres

Postby mbrST1100 » 05 Jul 2014, 11:35

alans1100 wrote:Another important consideration is the importance of tyre size for the ABS/TCS computer.

Since this system recalibrates itself every time you start the mount, I'd be less concerned about that...
I'm more worried about issues in handling, cornering performance/safety and kick-stand issues there.

Anyway, I'm also looking forward on feedback on those T30GT rubbers...
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Re: Bridgestone T30 GT Tyres

Postby steve974 » 11 Jul 2014, 11:42

I had the PR4GT fitted just before my Greek trip. I did about 3000 miles in all conditions from 38C in Italy to serious motorway flooding in Holland, and I never had a problem.. even at 85mph in the wet.

I haven't tried the Bridgestones but from what I hear the 023's suffered some wear problems if you didn't use the GT version?
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Re: Bridgestone T30 GT Tyres

Postby Pieter Huizinga » 11 Jul 2014, 12:36

It's also very important which oil you use, Steve. :mrgreen:
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Re: Bridgestone T30 GT Tyres

Postby steve974 » 11 Jul 2014, 18:43

Ummmmm... Pass? :?:
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