RANKING: #10 Sport Touring Tire
Long wear life, high level of wet performance for TOURING, and high performance similar to a SPORT tire. Advanced new Sport Touring tire. Consistent performance for use on heavy weight bikes. Ample Wear Life – Solid mileage for touring. Appropriate pattern, construction and compound provide substantial wear life. 30% up vs BT-021. Reliable Wet Performance – Appropriate combination of pattern and compound supports stable cornering even in wet conditions. Consistency between TOURING and SPORT – Strong stability in high speed cruising, with grip and steering control like a sport tire in “sport mode” riding. Confident / Comfortable Riding for Touring – Comfortable cruising for touring with good bump absorption and less noise. This contributes to richer feedback and a more secure contact feel in all conditions.
Positive reviews in wet and dry conditions
BT 023 more planted feeling in the turns as compared to BT 021
Some concern for use with heavier sport touring bikes, recommend GT version
Turn in better with BT 021
The Bridgestone BT 023 has generally positive reviews. There have been various, formal tests of the BT 023. One reviewer rated the Bridgestone BT 023 4 of 5 stars, while the Pirelli Angel ST got 2.5 of 5 stars. A number of reviewers praised the stability of the rear in braking. Another feels the BT 021 turns-in better, but feels the 023 is more planted in the turns. Both wet and dry handling is praised.
Reviews by Source
15 reviews, 4.5 of 5 stars. One rider reported the tires had come apart in plys from the inside out. Another reports they got 7,000 miles from a rear, excellent grip on the edges, wears better than Pirelli Angel. On a Honda ST 1300 – lasted 8,000 miles, road interstates and two lane back roads. On a BMW GS – transition didn’t feel right and it doesn’t work as well in the wet. On a 650R – very confident when cornering and more inspiring in cold/wet climate.
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Nice, comprehensive review of both track and road performance on a Suzuki Bandit, tested against the BT 021. Turn in better with 021. 023 more planted feeling in the turns.
3 tyre reviews. 91% favorable. On a Suzuki 1250FA – tyres have kept their shape, fantastic in the wet and dry. On a BMW F800ST – dry and wet grip is amazing, braking is stable. On a Honda Blackbird – always felt secure with the rear, like the tire wear even on a heavy bike. On a 600RR – comment from police trained advanced rider, solid centre gives superb longevity, sticky off centres mean you have complete confidence to push it around the bends.