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    Bridgestone T31 GT
    on: May 06, 2018, 10.59 am
    May 06, 2018, 10.59 am
    Just had a few days in Normandy on new Bridgestone T31's.

    These replaced Metzler Roadtec 01's, whilst I found the Roadtecs to be good handling tyres (they seemed to square off too easily) the 31's are initially fantastic. During our days in Normandy we had torrential rain as well as bright sunny dry roads. The tyres were faultless, turning in quickly, give great feedback and are confidence inspiring - wet or dry. If they give the expected mileage of the earlier T30's I'm a convert.

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    Re: Bridgestone T31 GT
    Reply #1 on: May 08, 2018, 02.04 pm
    May 08, 2018, 02.04 pm
    T30 and T30 EVO have been my go-to tire for the past several sets.  With the rebate they have every year, it's hard to beat bang for buck.  I also like that they are not as heavily siped as is apparently fashionable these days.  I avoid riding in the wet, so I prefer a tire with larger blocks and more lands for dry traction.

    Will likely pick up a set of T31 next time around.
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    Re: Bridgestone T31 GT
    Reply #2 on: May 09, 2018, 02.26 am
    May 09, 2018, 02.26 am
    Interesting !!!

    I have Roadtec 01s on my Blackbird and to date I think they are the best Sport Touring Tyre ever made. Ever since the BT016 I have found myself incapable of sending money in the direction of the Bridgestone Factory. Is it time for my to review my attitude?

    When both tyres were new, was the T31 better in terms of both grip and turn in?

    On the Blackbird I though the tyre profile was amazing, completely predictable turn in, not too "tippy" and not too much of a truck. To my mind they have remained constant in performance for about 8 000 klms now, they don't seem to be noticeably squaring off despite too much highway use. Also they are the best wet weather tyre I have ridden on, very confidence inspiring.

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    Re: Bridgestone T31 GT
    Reply #3 on: May 09, 2018, 02.51 pm
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    BT016 is a decade old.
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    Re: Bridgestone T31 GT
    Reply #4 on: May 09, 2018, 04.33 pm
    May 09, 2018, 04.33 pm
    With my driving style, my old T30 Evo GT's hold out for about 12.000 km. The Michelin PR4 GT's that I have on right now are good for about 20.000 km. That said, this is on my (as to yet) current BMW K1300GT which I think of selling.
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    Re: Bridgestone T31 GT
    Reply #5 on: May 11, 2018, 12.48 am
    May 11, 2018, 12.48 am
    *Originally Posted by Volfy [+]
    BT016 is a decade old.

    It's taking more than 10 years to get over what happened with them  :007:

    So folks are using PR4s? Mine (pick up 2nd hand in the next few days) has PR4s on it now, however I was thinking about changing them. Reason being I would have thought it better to use a steel belted radial for such a heavy bike?

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    Re: Bridgestone T31 GT
    Reply #6 on: May 11, 2018, 02.12 am
    May 11, 2018, 02.12 am
    Unless you regularly ride 2 up and heavily loaded, I wouldn't worry about it.  I had PR3 non-GT versions on a C14, which is heavier than TTSE, and they did just fine.
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    Re: Bridgestone T31 GT
    Reply #7 on: May 11, 2018, 03.33 am
    May 11, 2018, 03.33 am
    Thanks Volfy,

    I still might look into it. My PR4s are badly squared and indeed most of my work is two up loaded, I have other bikes for commuting and fun stuff.  :028:
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