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Offline Boogieshoes

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BT023s What is the SP on these on the CR
on: September 03, 2020, 09:02:05 PM
I moved to a 2016 model Crossrunner from an 04 Vtec vfr on which I used to run BT023r tyres (nice and sticky).

The Pirelli tyres are to put it mildly 'Meh!' they don't give a lot of confidence to me even in the dry and I'm look to fit something that has some grip.  I always feel like the front just isn't planted.  I don't care about tyre wear I just want something that grips and stays planted.

I've read that one or two of you have used BT023s but no details and most seem revert to talk about Mitchelins… not really on my radar.

How are the BT023s on the CR for those that have them?
Thanks

Offline Si Click

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Re: BT023s What is the SP on these on the CR
Reply #1 on: September 03, 2020, 09:57:37 PM
They were decent tyres in their day, but a bit old hat now.  Try Metzeler Roadtec 01s, they get very good reviews and will be my next choice once my Mitchelin PR4s wear out.  The PR4s are excellent BTW and the 5s are supposed to be better.
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Re: BT023s What is the SP on these on the CR
Reply #2 on: September 04, 2020, 07:39:48 AM
As Si Click says, I think 023's are a bit old tech now and newer tyres will give more grip in a wider variety of conditions and last longer too.

My personal favourite is also the Metzeller Roadtec 1. I'm on my 3rd or 4th set on my Crossie's and have a set waiting to fit to the 1200. You may also consider Michellin PR5's, Continental ContiRoadAttack 3, Pirelli Angel GT or Dunlop Roadsmart 3's ; I've read good reports about all of them.

The OEM tyres suck (except my son just bought a new Honda CB650R and it was fitted with Roadtec 1's).
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Offline Boogieshoes

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Re: BT023s What is the SP on these on the CR
Reply #3 on: September 04, 2020, 09:39:29 AM
Well thanks Chaps.

I will see if I can have a look at them in a dealers somewhere.  My days working in a dealers are long gone and following a nasty a few years ago (1st in over 40yrs riding) it took a while to get back to 2 wheels and the Cross-dresser.  Takes the weight off a damaged right hand.

I know the 023s are 'old' per se, but they were a good tyre and I need that confidence back in the tyres.   

The CR being slightly taller and being more sat up doesn't give the same feel entering bends.  The pirelli's skitter and drift and you don't need to be travelling fast for that to happen.   With 023s the tyres worked upto the tyre wall and wouldn't go anywhere near that with the std tyre.

I've seen comments on pressures and tried various options and done what I can to balance the front and rear shock sag and damping to no real winner so its tyre time.

Thanks again chaps.

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Re: BT023s What is the SP on these on the CR
Reply #4 on: September 05, 2020, 06:03:45 AM
I've done quite a lot of wet & dry miles on a Multstrada fitted with Bridgestone's 023's modern equivalent the T31's and couldn't really fault them. The owner wasn't too impressed with the wear rate though.
I've had Roadtec 01's on my Dresser for a year now and can't imagine there's a sports touring tyre out there that suits the bike better tbh.

 



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