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I'll be honest here, I absolutely DO NOT trust Bridgestone in the wet. White lines, skip. Manhole covers, skip A puddle, well they slide. I don't know if it's me but the last time I put them on my old Deauville, (O21 front, 023 rear) I spent way too much time threading the bike through roads and tensing whenever something came up that might make them skip.

 

So off they came, after less than a thousand miles. RS3's went on and the bike was transformed. I was scraping the pegs after 50 miles, in fact they were too good for that bike.

 

My latest VFR 800 came with PR4's, almost new and there was just something about them that made me edgy in the dry, but they seemed ok in damp and wet conditions, but they were such a pig to turn in. I really had to put effort in to turn the bike. Best way I can describe it is that they felt remote, not really telling me what was going on.

 

So I've put RS3's on that as well. Transformed the bike again, it really doesn't matter if it's dry or wet, they turn in, they quicksteer (necessary in London) they tell me what's going on, they don'e seem to be wearing much at all and dry or wet and the only thing that limits me in heavy rain is me. The way it should be. I think turn, the bike turns... I do a commute that isn't brilliant for tyre wear, I also hang off a bit so it's tricky to gauge wear, they are supposed to be really good wearing tyres, I do about 800 miles a week so I'll soon know.

 

No skipping, no slides, nothing that worries me at all. I gave the PR4's to a mate, he loves them. I'll stick to the RS3's.

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I share your opinion about the older Bridgestones, I hated the BT20s and 21s, and because of that never tried the 23s but the guys where I I used to get tyres near my old office in London persuaded me to try the T30Evos and trust me, they are a huge improvement on their predecessors. I'd happily use them again if it came down to it. Loving the new Roadsmarts though!

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And just to mix things up, I'm considering trying the Continental Road Attack 3s for my next set.

Really liked the Metzeler Roadtec 01s but 6000+ mostly motorway miles have squared them off pretty badly. Won't be doing long distances for a while so will try and round them of on local twisties but reckon they are probably due to go.

The Metzelers were also the most expensive option so am being vaguely hopeful as the Contis are a bit cheaper.. :blush:

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They're so new that there isn't a lot of stock around here yet, will be interesting to hear what you think of them.

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Tires seem to be one of those items that everyone has a different experience with. I use a Michelin PP3 front and PR4 rear on my 6 Gen and can say that I have not had any issues with their performance, except when they get near the wear markers, that's when they start to get "greasy" and is actually a good indicator that I need to replace them. I will admit that I do not always push them but I'm sure that Brian F and RC1237V can confirm that I can when I want to!

 

That being said, so many variables go with tires, from the rider's weight, rider's riding style, bike, bike setup, pavement, road types, etc. and it really shows by the different opinions on the same tire.

 

 

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4 hours ago, fatshoutybloke said:

I share your opinion about the older Bridgestones, I hated the BT20s and 21s, and because of that never tried the 23s but the guys where I I used to get tyres near my old office in London persuaded me to try the T30Evos and trust me, they are a huge improvement on their predecessors. I'd happily use them again if it came down to it. Loving the new Roadsmarts though!

 

Funny thing is, I thought the BT-020s were great in the rain, over road paint and metal bits.  Later compositions, not so much.

 

 

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I did not like BT016s and said I'd never go back to Bridgestone, but I'm pretty happy with T30 Evos. They feel good, plenty of grip, inspire confidence. I'd feel comfortable doing a track day on them. I've been to the edges of the rear at over 90 MPH. I feel like they might let go a little more easily in the wet than I expected, but my expectations might not have been realistic as, other than OEM Dunlops, I haven't used any other tire in five years.


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Speaking of Bridgestone, if anyone needs a set of tires and doesn't have a lot of money to spend, you can get a set of BT023s for $211 delivered from Jake Wilson. And there is a Bridgestone rebate offer going on through the end of the month...$35 per tire.  That's a total net cost of only $141 for a set of good quality sport touring tires. It will be interesting to see how they compare to the T30 EVOs I ran two sets ago. Only got 2400 miles out of those, but they felt great.

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Meanwhile my PR4s are up to about 12,000 miles or so.  A little scalloping in front, probably because I brake way into curves, but they still have a few K left in 'em.  They feel no more or less inspiring in the rain than the 023s I had on my 4th Gen but they don't seem to get as squared off as the Bridgestones did.

 

 

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My very first new set of tires on this bike were PR4s that only lasted 4000 miles. Didn't like them for the second half of their life. 

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I had PR4s on my MT09 and got 20,000ks out of them, including a track day, commuting and fast road rides.

Loved the rosso 2's on my vfr, now have rosso 3's. not many ks on them yet, so no review. Nice on my brothers Tuono- i borrowed that for a month.

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15 hours ago, fatshoutybloke said:

They're so new that there isn't a lot of stock around here yet, will be interesting to hear what you think of them.

Although not on my VFR i have Roadtec 01s on my Blackbird. Third set now. Rears last 6 - 7000 miles, fronts 8000. With Ohlins rear and Andreani fork cartridges i ride her hard and these tyres have never let me down, dry or wet. Brilliant tyre.

 

 

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I'm about to get my second rear Rosso III next week.

I really like them, 6500km's on the rear, could do another 1000 but going on a trip in 2 weeks and they won't get me back.

9000km's on the front and will probably last another 2000 maybe 3000km's.

Very even wear, but what I like the most is they seem to feel the same from new to finish.

They give a much quicker steering response because of their profile, and the wear bars are all the same.

I don't commute, and I don't do motorway, so no flat spots for me.

The front is still very round, but I can tell its starting to get a bit triangular because its a little bit more nervous.

Pilot Power III's were my favourite before these, but I like these better.

 

 

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2 hours ago, adeyren said:

Although not on my VFR i have Roadtec 01s on my Blackbird. Third set now. Rears last 6 - 7000 miles, fronts 8000. With Ohlins rear and Andreani fork cartridges i ride her hard and these tyres have never let me down, dry or wet. Brilliant tyre.

 

 

 

I agree, I've just been through a set on my VFR but I was referring to Katie's Conti Road Attack 3s.

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