Bridgestone BT 023

    Ranking: #6 Sport Touring Tire

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    Tire/Tyre Description

    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
    Overall Tire/Tyre Review

    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 Rear Tire

    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. Front Tire

    12 reviews. 4.7 of 5 stars. On a Ninja 650R – most of riding in wet and have held well. On a Ninja 636 – grabs the asphalt like a soft slick tire on a race track. On a Honda ST1300 – showing early signs of cupping after 5,300 miles.

    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.

    Comprehensive user review through the life of the tire on a Honda ST 1300. Took some adjustment to get used to the ride but generally positive. Some concern for the weight of the ST with this tire. 28 pages of posts so would probably be a good read for sport touring type riders.

    Positive review on Honda Fireblade and Kawasaki ZZR 1400. Liked the wet and dry performance.

    Tire test with Yamaha FJR 1300, Ducati Monster 1100, Suzuki Bandit 1250S. Positive review. Did not really notice any difference in handling between GT and standard tire.

    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.

    Test done on a FJR. Comparison of Pirelli Angel ST to Bridgestone Battleaxe 023. Rated Pirelli 2.5 of 5 and BT 023 4 of 5. This from a tester with a preference for Pirelli over Bridgestone.

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