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“Bridgestone Bt21”

Written on: 14/06/2014 by Felix991 (1 review written)

These were fitted as standard on my new r1200rt and the bike felt like a different machine to the previous one which had metzelers fitted. Poor wear on the right side of the front tyre left a ridge that made the bike very difficult to steer, it would try to run on in corners and never inspired confidence from the outset. The rear quickly squared off and after 4000 miles I've had enough, despite there being plenty of (uneven) tread left they are going to be replaced. I have had plenty of… Read Full Review

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“Hated them”

Written on: 25/01/2014 by Grandma.Fazer8 (2 reviews written)

Came fitted to new Fazer 8, couldn't wait to get rid of them, front felt unsafe and wore strangely, back squared off despite varied riding, don't do A roads or motorway any more than I have too. Been riding 50 years IAM National Observer and Rospa Gold. Used to run them years ago on my 1999 R6 and loved them, so a bit of a culture shock to find them so awful… Read Full Review

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“terrible tyres”

Written on: 14/10/2013

I have a xjr1300sp with bt021 tyres on, they give no sense of safety at all, the rear has done 4k and is squared off with 2mm left, the front however is dangerous , its worn on the sides far more than the centre so you have a ridge and thats very disconcerting in a corner! It just doesn't give any warning before it lets go...avoid at all costs, buy pilot road, roadsmarts or avon storm… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Avoid this dangerous, frightening tire!!”

Written on: 17/09/2013

Bike R1200RT RoSPA Gold Standard Rider. Good Points (yep! there are some for fair weather bikers!) 1) On hot sunny day the performance is good, the tyre warms up and the adhesion fills you with confidence, allowing you to flow with the conditions & ride the bike hard out of corners, even with a pillion & luggage 2) In dry conditions this tyres performance is nothing more than OK Bad Points a) Avoid any type of metal covers, there is no grip on these, even during dry conditions !! (Yep! I now… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Great tyre”

Written on: 30/05/2013 by ghost123 (2 reviews written)

Originally had Dunlop's on my 05 Suzy SV650 pretty good but only lasted about 6K miles. They went lumpy and caused me great concern. My local tyre fitter suggested Bridgestone Battlax BT 020's these lasted well and gave a great ride and brilliant grip. Back wore out at about 12K had a Battlax BT021 fitted worked very well. Gave a stable feel to the back and worked nicely with the BT020. About 2K miles later the front tyre wore out and I had a Battlax BT021 fitted. Totally changed the… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“no issues”

Written on: 25/04/2013

its what you feel safe with every one rides to their own ability and every one is different… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Fantastic Tyres”

Written on: 10/04/2013 by chargersrob (1 review written)

Before I got these Bridgestone's, i had Michelin Pilot Power's. When i had those put on my Yamaha XJ6N was a different bike altogether. It would tip in with ease and hold a line incredibly well. Then i had these Bridgestone's fitted, and my motorcycling brain had to be re-calibrated to how good they are. They aren't as sporty as the Michelin's, and you can tell that by the profile and the actual compound of the rubber, but they seem to grip and pull 10 times better. I understand where people… Read Full Review

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“Dangerous!”

Written on: 13/03/2013

Had BT020's for years and trusted them impecably, disappointed when I couldn't get hold of them anymore. Tried a pair of BT021's on my '98 R1 last year and at first I thought they were ok. After a few hundred miles commuting/sunday rides, the front went 'off' almost overnight. This led to several front end slides in good dry warm weather, and not pushing hard. It scared the living daylights out of me thinking it was my riding to fault/bad road surface. I changed he tyre for a different one… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Battlax by 021 are very capable tyres”

Written on: 15/01/2013 by Erthkwake (1 review written)

I have done 22k miles on an er6f using bt 021's in all weathers over approximately a two year period I have also done 20k miles on a versus 650 2010 model running bt 021's and they have never let me down these tyres are quality tyres. Thinking about trying the 023's next though. I get 10k from the back and double for the fronts. I ride every day unless there is ice on the roads… Read Full Review

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“Not the Bridgestones that i used to know”

Written on: 24/10/2012 by KenWarrington (1 review written)

The Bridgestone 021 is a dangerous tyre in my opinion. I've had 020's and 023's in the past and they had my full trust in them. I had a Triumph ST1050 earlier this year and was pleased to see Bridgestones on the bike when i bought it. On the first ride i couldn't figure out why the bike wouldn't go round corners, the bike would want to topple and tip into bends. And so while cautiously limpping home it won and the bike went down, they were 021's. A couple of bikes later, a CBF1000, also with… Read Full Review

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Billdevo's Response to KenWarrington's Review

Written on: 16/12/2012

I have the 2012 Sprint GT with 021s and have just done 3700 k in just under 2 months. The front is shot, the back still has plenty and while it hangs on alright I find that I tend to get pushed out more when cornering. Has to be a better alternative as replacing every 2 months is not affordable. Any ideas??

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Kenwarrington's reply to Billdevo's Comment

Written on: 21/12/2012

Hi, i went for Michelin Pilot road tyres only because my tyre dealers had an offer on but i did look at the reviews on the net before purchasing. And the Pilots are well sticky, will let me get on with looking like a nutter but i'm not expecting long life from them. My TDM900 has got Bridgestone 023's on and i find that these are an excellent tyre and will suit all occasions, touring and blasting with long life. My VFR800fi has Dulop Sportmax on, only because the bike came with them and i'm finding these to be a good all rounder with a good life span, i've never been a Dunlop man before due to bad press on one of their previous tyres. And so those are my fave three at the moment, but please do the reasearch.
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Beastmaster's Response to KenWarrington's Review

Written on: 15/06/2013

I may assume your tyre pressurs were off I've had other brands of tyre where this has happened if the pressure is off only by a couple of pounds this happens

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Ghost123's Response to KenWarrington's Review

Written on: 13/05/2013

Bridgestones and Triumph do not normally mix well. A neighbour of mine uses Michelin pilots on his speed triple and swears by them.

i have heard from quite a few Triumph riders the same thing.

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“Same problem s others with the front RH wear”

Written on: 05/07/2012 by mash2 (1 review written)

Yeah, interesting to read other reviews, as the front RHS is wearing really badly compared to the rest of the tyre. Done about 2K miles on them and looking to change already, or just turn left for the next 2K miles… Read Full Review

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“Not great tyres.”

Written on: 30/05/2012 by drewzzr (2 reviews written)

BMW GT1300GT BMW list BT021's as the recommended figment. the bike came with them on and I don't like them. They do a job, but they wear unevenly. The grip is ok and they lasted 8000 miles but the first 25% -30% of the tyres life is spent getting used to the vauge feeling when initiating a bend, exit ramp or roundabout. The last 25% -30% of the tyres life, shows that the front wears alarmingly on the off side shoulder, which doesn't add up because the rear tire bears witness to heavier wear… Read Full Review

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“dont touch a front wheel version”

Written on: 08/10/2011

front wheel wear on right hand side is terrible , after 5k the right side is almost illigal yet the other 2 thirds has hardly worn , bridgestone should withdraw these tyres ASAP… Read Full Review

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Beastmaster's Comment

Written on: 17/08/2013

got the 021 on my 1200Bandit 2500 so far no problem

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“BT021 recall.”

Written on: 14/09/2011 by drblackdog (1 review written)

At least in my opinion there should be one. If you are currently running BT021's I would like to hear about your experiences to ascertain if the performance I'm getting from them is an issue for them all, or if I have just got a bad one. It was already on the bike when I got it, and had really only been scrubbed in. Maybe 1000k on it or so and since then I've put another 2k on it (this is the rear). The front tyre was off the shelf when I picked the bike up (Pilot Road and it's performance… Read Full Review

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“Bridgestone BT021 on Yamaha BT 1100”

Written on: 03/08/2011 by staykov (1 review written)

I got this set last year, i needed long lasting tyres with good greep. I drive most in the mountains and i push my bike as much as it can go. After 4000km ONLY the rear is finished but otherwise i am happy with the performance and i order new set… Read Full Review

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“BT021 Battlax on my FJR1300A”

Written on: 03/07/2011 by ntar (1 review written)

These come as standard when purchased, front tyre has worn on right side with flat spots but left side has full tread, back is fine after 3k indicating no uneven wear. Cornering has always felt vague on right handers and left handers it just wants to pick the bike up so you need bottle to go into the corner. I do not go scratching - just days out of 200 - 300 miles with no pillion tyre pressures always checked before going out as per manual Can't wait to bin these… Read Full Review

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Guest's Response to ntar's Review

Written on: 28/07/2011

I had this exact same wear pattern on the front tyre of my FJR1300 2007 model with 50K miles on the clock. The cause was shot front wheel bearings which may explain poor handling. Get them checked ASAP. Phil

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★★☆☆☆

“BT021 Battlax on my VFR 800 VTEC”

Written on: 25/06/2011

this tyre is the Honda's recommended tyre for this bike !!!!! really???? this is supposed to be a sport touring tyre which means handling + durability. my back tyre lasted 4000 miles with the 3 punctures. it could have lasted 4500 miles but even that is an average not touring tyre and my VFR is no heavy GOLDWING and hard on tyre!!! ... it cracked on the first 150 miles and took puncture ... cracked ... and I ran it 50 miles gently for the tyres to set in. riding wasn't gentle and 95% was city… Read Full Review

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“I have these on my Deauville NT700V, they have never...”

Written on: 10/04/2011

I have these on my Deauville NT700V, they have never let me down but after 5.5k they need changing. Will be trying the Avon Storms next
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★★★★☆

“As tyres go the BT021's aren't bad. They certainly...”

Written on: 07/03/2011 by smartroad (1 review written)

As tyres go the BT021's aren't bad. They certainly don't seem to be the best out there, but on my ER6F they have had a long life (over a year and a half and about 9000miles). Handling is onkay but as others have stated don't try and lean too far! Most of the time I haven't had any real issues with them, only now that they are getting old have I noticed any grip issues. They are a little on the expensive side though… Read Full Review

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“What if everybody made a claim to Bridgestone, NOT FIT...”

Written on: 25/02/2011 by ridgeback05 (1 review written)

What if everybody made a claim to Bridgestone, NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE, NOT OF MERCHANTABE QUALITY. The list goes on, no wonder they are superseeded by the 023, in such a short time after the 021's were released. Bridgestone have a major product cock up on their hands. They should issue a voucher for a reasonable refund.
But that would lead to litigation, like everyone else trusted Bridgestone's record for good products, next time I will not be so hasty in fitting tyres before researching some… Read Full Review

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Trimph885's Response to ridgeback05's Review

Written on: 23/09/2012

This is an old thread but never the less I am compelled to write. My bike is a triumph Legend , the original Bridgstone tyres managed 12,000 front and back. Swapped to BT21's and the rear managed 2,500 and the front 3000 to 1mm tread. I replaced with avon storm and have since clocked up another 10,000 miles. The front and rear look hardly worn. I personally will never buy another Bridgstone tyre. The BT 21's wore at a terrible rate and even then the grip was not that good. Several times in cold weather it would let the back end slide. (maybe the lack of grip caused the tyre wear ?)

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