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Bridgestone Battleax Sport Touring T31's

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mrzoom

Here's my opinion of the T31's

After 3200 miles...

 

Good handling tyre with smooth turn in .

Good wear and both front and rear have kept their round profile even with a 1,000 miles

of straight roads on the way home from Torrey. These tyres should give me 6000 + miles.

No cupping of the front tyre. I believe cupping to be produced by tyre construction,

air pressure and shocks.

I have new Tractive ESA's on my 13 RT.

No noise as other brands develop with miles.

Decent "stick", never stepped out on me.

Ride is firm at 38 psi front and 40 psi rear. I didn't try lower pressures.

For the price T 31's work fine.

Since I'm never satisfied with tyres I will fit up some Dunlop Roadsmart III's for my trip to the UN.

Dunlop's are dirt cheap right now so why not??

 

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realshelby

 

Since I'm never satisfied with tyres I will fit up some Dunlop Roadsmart III's for my trip to the UN.

Dunlop's are dirt cheap right now so why not??

 

Sounds like the T-31 is at least as good as the T-30 and T-30 EVO. Do you have the "A-spec" or "GT" heavier sidewall T-31? I have the Roadsmart III, which are not heavy sidewall tires, and the ride is for sure smoother. So, I will likely go with that type tire next.

 

Speaking of Roadsmart III, I am just over 7000 miles on mine. They are almost done. So, about the same mileage as I got on the T-30's. If you do not like a noisy tire, stay away from the RSIII. These things are howling in the turns as bad as any tire I have owned!

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mrzoom

I have the "GT" version.

RS III noisy ?? So were the Metzler's and the Michelin's.

I'll just turn up the XM :rofl:

With the RS III so cheap I wonder if a new version is coming out

to address the noise??

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realshelby

Looks like about all the popular sport touring tires are within about $50 a set now. There are some rebates on a credit card for many brands that help. Sure looks a lot like price fixing to me. Bridgestone T-30 EVO's were $225 per set the last ones I bought, now the T-31 is $312 at the same place. There are rebates on them, but still that is a lot of increase for a tire that even Bridgestone says is not a lot different.

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Lester V

I agree 100% on what you have said on the T31 at the same mileage. $100 cheaper than the Mich PR ,4 I've been running for years. I run the Mich 2 and 3 for years. As well as the Bridge 20 before that, until the 21's came out and felt like crap.

 

I don't agree with what people are saying about the Roadsmart 3 . I think I got the first version coming back from the In last year in Ohio. At 3k miles one half of the tire was cupped on the left side and it broke free 4 times in the corners. Scary slippery. I took it off when I got home. never again. I know the T31 is good as is the Mich 4's and likely the 5's. Run what you like.........

 

Maybe one should wait until the second year of any new tire production run until they get

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mrzoom

Pricing does seem to be "fixed".

I just ordered the RS III for $289.94 but I had $ 8.17 RD cash and they come with a $75.00 gift card

so total is $214.94 which is what a set from anybody should cost.

My "tyre guy" charges me $30.00 a set to mount and I do my own balancing and I can live with that.

Funny, back in the day I just rode and never paid attention to tyres, round and black was fine.

The hot set up then was Dunlop K81's. You were a go fast guy if you used those. :thumbsup:

But then you needed tubes and had rim locks to deal with. :(

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6speedTi

The T30 for me had a noticeable decrease in tread longevity. The previous 027 tires on the rear lasted on average 12,000 miles. The T30 only went about 9,000 miles. I went through two T30's with same results. Maybe that's why Bridgestone came out with the T31 so much quicker. I don't know how the newer T31's have improved but I decided to go with the Dunlop Road Smart III. I heard and read many good things about this tire. Hopefully I will get over 10,000 miles on the rear.

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RecentConvert

The T31 is a good tire, although not my favorite.  For me, the T31 GT  has lasted somewhat longer than PR4, Roadtec 01, Z8, or RS3.   I currently have Angel GT mounted.   All are GT rated.   The Dunlops are my favorite so far, but all are very competent tires.

 

I just bought a pair of T31's to mount in summer when the Angels will be done.   AmericanMotoTire and Rocky Mountain ATC are currently selling a pair of T31 GT for $228.  Throw in the $60 rebate from Bridgestone and I have a set for $168.   

 

As I said, they aren't my favorite, but for $168 a set, way too good of tire to pass up!

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Indy Dave

Yes - the price point and rebate are pretty hard to pass up! I went through 3 sets  (1 x T30 & 2 x T31's) last year. They ride a bit firmer and I think may have a bit harder compound vs some other tires. While the PR's get tippy as they wear, I felt the bridgestone's lost consistency in their last 25% of life. Being a bit stiffer, they do give more road feedback vs PR's and depending on the rider, that's either welcome or not. I ended up running lower pressures in my Bridgestone's vs the PR's in the Spring and Fall temps here in Indiana. Out West in the blistering heat, they were plenty sticky enough at the standard 36/42.

 

All the tires have trade offs. I've still not found my Holy Grail of tires yet.

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