Bridgestone T30

Quick response, tight handling and support for high lean angles make it even easier to hold your line on both wet and dry surfaces
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2014

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Submitted by Tenchman7 on Sat, 22/02/2014 - 19:11

Overall Review

Having done only a couple of hundred miles on these tyres so far i would say they are an improvement on the BT023 if only for the lack of effort needed to glide through bends and fast turns plus the smooth road holding and grip under braking on poor quality B roads. I got 6,800 miles from a pair of BT023's on my RR8 Fireblade so the same again would be worth the money spent.

Strengths

Fast warm-up and feel from the off with no heart in-mouth feelings when peeling into turns within minutes of pulling away.Better front profile than the BT023 which aids quicker steering on B roads therefore needing less effort at moderate speeds.

Weaknesses

Scrubbing in as per BT023's was abit scary at first but this subsided after 50 odd miles. The bike feels heavier to push in and out of my garage so i get the impression the tyres are quite heavy and also the fuel consumption has gone up slightly! This might improve as i do more miles[not sure].

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These are fitted to my 2007 BMW K1200S, I havent had a set of Bridgestones since i bought BT021s, these havent inspired me to get another set. The 021s were a drop in performance from the 020s and these seem to perform in a similar way to the 021s. Think I will be heading for the Pilot Roads next. Avon Storms still the best ive tried in the wet.

Strengths

Excellent dry weather grip initially and confidence inspiring straight out of the box.

Weaknesses

Susceptible to temperature changes impacting the pressure a lot, no the best wet weather performance I have ever had. Front tyre seems to wear quicker than the rear. Im at about 3.5k on this set and they arent doing very well.

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Submitted by macsporran on Tue, 25/02/2014 - 17:21

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I OFTEN FIND people writing reviews goig in to great depth, almost even technical guides. Me I ride a bike A VFR800 covering 20-30k miles a tear or so I crave tyres that don't wear out before I get to the next country, stick to the road in the wet but allow me to get the wheels spinning at super fast speeds and hang on round curves: Bridgetones T30's are supberb and tick all the boxes for me

Strengths

CONFIDENCE GRIPPY HARD WEARING HIGH MILEAGE WATER REPELLANT TICK TICK TICK

Weaknesses

ONLY COME IN BLACK

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Submitted by Moosesinshoes on Tue, 08/04/2014 - 13:13

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I do a lot of motorway riding as I ride 200 miles each way home from work every weekend and there is no sign of squaring off yet. All in all I rate the Bridgestone T30s very highly and will be getting them again, after taking the T30s on a track this summer I will write another report with my findings, although I'm sure nothing will have changed much.

Strengths

Running them on my 03 zx9r for 5000 miles and they still have a lot of life left in them, surprising because I ride with a fair amount of enthusiasm. They warm quickly for a tyre with a hard compound centre. Under hard acceleration in first and second gear with weight on the front wheel, the back will spin but attains grip quickly, in corners the shift from side to side is smooth and grip is retained well under corner acceleration even in the wet. The wide tread pattern helps massively with water dispersion meaning you get a lot of confidence riding semi-aggressively in damp conditions.

Weaknesses

None that I have seen yet!

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Overall Review

Do NOT buy this tyre - or expect any sort of Customer Service from Bridgestone if you have a query or problem. The T30 is a huge disappointment and far outpriced for value, in my honest opinion.

Strengths

fitted nicely by Bridgestone dealer. Scrubbed in quick.

Weaknesses

Rubber detiorated after 4 months within groves & bad cracking. Sent it back to Bridgestone as dangerous & faulty. Waiting for refund / comment 4 months later. I would post a photo for you all to see. I will never buy Bridgestone again having used them for many years.

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Very happy with these tyres on my Fireblade RR8 and will buy another set when these are wornout.Cannot say whether i will just fit a back tyre only, if the front still looks good as its always a compromise on the handling front. If they last over what i got from previous BT023's[6,800 miles]i would say the front profile of the tyre will be shot as its a sharper profile than the bulbous 023. Considering i only got 3,500miles out of a set of BT016's i'd say these tyres suit the bike well and are worth a look.

Strengths

Update on previous post.Thought these tyres were quite heavy and were going to rob me of my MPG count but have proven to be no different to the 023's. They are lasting well having done 3,044 miles on them with no squaring of of the rear and looking less than half worn. Amazing really! considering the grip levels and abuse they get[Fireblade RR8] Have been caught in a number of downpours this year so far and have been able to push really hard with no slides or spin-ups. The bikes done 32,000 miles now but it all feels plush and controlled at speed except for the real knarly B roads so very good

Weaknesses

Have kept and eye on my tyres as i normaly do throughout their mileage and they're not prone to picking up flints or cuts like some tyres do and certainly no cracks or splits as described by the previous poster. They dont tramline over roadmarking either so nothing bad to report.

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Submitted by OSU55 on Thu, 14/08/2014 - 21:00

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Excellent all-around, do-it-all tire. Enough grip to get to the tire's edge without drama, and better mileage than a sport tire. Front tread is an improvement over 023's - not as much cupping. Can't really speak to wet handling - I slow way down (about the speed limit) when it's wet, and the tires feel just fine, I just don't test any limits in the wet.

Strengths

Well behaved tire. Will handle hard sport riding and track days, just like the BT-023's. Tire mileage about the same as 023's, and ME-Z8's which I tried out.

Weaknesses

Rear tire sidewall stiff when mounting.

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The best tyre I have used so far, my bike is very tyre fussy, some tyre makes, create a steering wobble or a feeling of over sensitive steering like riding on a knife edge. These tyres do not display this phenomenon the steering is neutral and balanced, the turn in is predictable all the way over to the tyre edge (no chicken strips with this one). The average tyre life so far for me is 5-6 k on the front and 6-7 k on the rear the T30`s lasted 8k on the front and possibly 9 from the rear but changed the pair as I always do. The costs are higher than most but not all, I will use these again and will continue to use them once the current cheaper tyre I have just fitted are worn. Grip wise, the T30 is every bit as good in the wet as it is in the dry, I use the bike every day on the same route and found I travel at the same speed whether the road is wet or dry. I never once experienced any dramas or movement . All in all despite the higher costs the T30 is worth considering, if you have used the BT023`s in the past these are far better in all respects and will improve your riding experience and give greater confidence no matter the weather. I heartly recommend them.

Strengths

Long lasting, Great grip wet or dry, stable at all lean angles and above all predictable fast warm up

Weaknesses

Slightly over priced

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The T30s make the bike handle a lot sharper and it tips into the corners really quickly. Was a little un-nerving at first, but these tyres stick to the road really well, very stable under all speed and handling conditions. Overall, a very impressive bit of kit.

Strengths

Have been running Battlax tyres on my RTs for many years and have always been impressed with them. The T30 is an improvement, in my opinion, on the BT023 - and I thought these were good. It certainly holds better in the dry, and the wet too. Drops in quick and easy to the corners - bike handles really well.

Weaknesses

None really. Maybe slightly shorter mileage expectation than the BT023s, and a little more expensive. Well worth the trades here in the interests of better grip and overall handling.

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Overall Review

Offer good feel in the dry and wet, however longevity is an issue as the front and rear tyres squared off after 3700 miles. For the mileage they are overpriced.

Strengths

Good in the wet. Offer good feel.

Weaknesses

Longevity is rubbish. I expected these to last 6000 miles and the front and rear tyres squared off after 3700 miles. (Yes the suspension is set up to me and the correct tyre pressures used!)Expensive for the short time they lasted.

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