Blogger David Carson takes his BMW R1200GSA for a ride on Bridgestone Battlax BT-023 tyres.
I ride a BMW R1200GSA nearly always two up and often fully loaded, we belong to several bike clubs including the BMW owners club, the IAM and PEMC (a biking holiday club), and we are out more or less every weekend from March to October. It was suggested to me a few months ago we should try the BT-023 which is now available to fit our bike.
I was slightly cautious of this as we are on our third R1200GS and have always run Metzeler's both the original Tourance and the later EXP, both have performed OK. Anyway we developed a cut in the front tyre two weeks ago so now was a good opportunity to try the BT-023 which we fitted as a pair of course.
The difference is almost a revelation, turn in has improved which you might expect, bump absorption is significantly better, as is ride comfort I take it because the pattern is less aggressive compared to the Tourance. Slow speed stability is also improved, which might not be that sexy but if you are riding two up in slow moving traffic with a bike that weights over 250KG believe me it's a concern.
The weekend we choose to try out the BT-023s was one of the wettest weekend's ever recorded in July, we did over 500 miles in some of the wettest conditions possible, it was the weekend the F1 GP got so much stick because the customers could not park in wet fields. Not once did the bike twitch or move, the grip was certainly outstanding.
But for me it's the ride quality that is the most impressive, the only thing I can liken it to is it is like riding on a magic carpet. The only possible negative is obviously the off road capability is severally compromised but I doubt like me many GS owners actually take their £10,000 plus machine off road.
In summary I would have no hesitation in recommending these tyres to any users of Adventure Sports Bike.
By David Carson