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gotdurt
01-19-2005, 08:27 AM
Anyone had any experience with these tires? f so, how's the wear to performance ratio?

kurt
01-19-2005, 08:34 AM
Got 4500 miles out of a rear on a ZRX. I recommend Avon 45/46's as the best compromise I have found.

STrider
01-19-2005, 08:39 AM
I got about 7 k out of the rear, about 9 out of the front (but both were way past due). Performance was adequate, but not great in dry conditions. In wet (even just slightly moist)- I caged it. If wear is primary concern, they are ok. I am running Michelin Pilot Roads (180/55/17) now, and they are far superior in both wet & dry. Wear seems slightly quicker, but they are not "squaring off" as bad as the Bridgestone.

gotdurt
01-19-2005, 08:49 AM
My problem is that I have $0.00 to spend on a tire right now, so every dollar matters. I can get the BT020 for $100, $120 for the Pilot, and 130 for the AV46. I never thought there would come a time when $30 was a significant amount....

kurt
01-19-2005, 09:06 AM
What size? I have a Pilot Sport in my attic that still has a few miles left in it. Standard sportbike size 17" 180 profile.

gotdurt
01-19-2005, 09:34 AM
What size? I have a Pilot Sport in my attic that still has a few miles left in it. Standard sportbike size 17" 180 profile.
Nice... 180/55-17. $?

Tx Rider
01-19-2005, 09:38 AM
Bridgestone 020's come stock OEM on FZ-1's, Mine was replaced at about 3500 miles, it still had a bit of tread left but not a whole lot.

Front 020 is more than 1/2 gone at 4500 miles, and wearing quite unevenly (cupping). I'll replace it soon.

Some folks like em and get good miles, I didn't. I was also told that the OEM 020's have less tread than the over the counter versions, but I can't verify that. They did hold the road just fine though.

I'll be trying some pilot roads next.

kurt
01-19-2005, 09:40 AM
What size? I have a Pilot Sport in my attic that still has a few miles left in it. Standard sportbike size 17" 180 profile.
Nice... 180/55-17. $?

Front and rear = free to good home.

kurt
01-19-2005, 09:43 AM
I was also told that the OEM 020's have less tread than the over the counter versions, but I can't verify that.

Dunlop's site on the D220's verifys that. 5/32" vs. 7/32" tread depth. I want my 1/16" back. :evil:

VFRinAustin
01-19-2005, 09:43 AM
I used to run and 010F/020R set up on my SVS and loved it. Got at least 7k out of each. Tried it on the VFR and didnt like it that much at all. The 020 rear just didnt have the feel that I hoped for, especially compared to the Dunlop D220.

bluedogok
01-19-2005, 10:40 AM
The 020's are what is on my Sprint, it looked like an almost new rear when I bought it in May of last year. After 4,000 miles the rear is almost down to the wear bars in the middle and the front is badly cupped. After what little experience I have had with them, I wouldn't spend the price of mounting on them. I think they may do fine on lighter bikes (like the SV650) but on the larger bikes I think they may be out of their element. I also think the chip seal roads around here just eats tires up, I wish they would go back to properly repaving roads insted of that crap.

I plan on getting new tires soon, right now my thinking is in this order based off of talking to others and everything that I have read:
1.) Avon Azaro AV45/46
2.) Metzler Z6
3.) Michelin Pilot Roads.

I priced some last Saturday on the way back from Marble Falls at Austin Sport Cycle, they have Pilot Roads in stock (that was the counter guy's recommendation, his comment was that the 020's were junk) and could get the Avons or Metzlers. The price was (ballpark figure) around $350 out the door with the wheels on the bike and about $300 carry-in.

I know places like SW Moto Tires have them in the $100-F and $130-R price range, but how much do you pay for mounting of mail-order tires, and who will do it? Even the prices at Cycle Gear are just a little more than the mail-order on these tires, and they do mounting if you bring the wheels in. Has anyone used them?

kurt
01-19-2005, 10:44 AM
I know places like SW Moto Tires have them in the $100-F and $130-R price range, but how much do you pay for mounting of mail-order tires, and who will do it? Even the prices at Cycle Gear are just a little more than the mail-order on these tires, and they do mounting if you bring the wheels in. Has anyone used them?

I use SW Moto all the time and love them.

You mount them at my house for free. :chug:

I haven't heard of anyone who was dissatisfied with Cycle Gear.

VFRinAustin
01-19-2005, 10:51 AM
I use SW Moto all the time and love them.

You mount them at my house for free. :chug:

I haven't heard of anyone who was dissatisfied with Cycle Gear.

Kurt,

You keep saying that and you are going to have a line at your garage door, with me at the lead.

Come to think of it, I could use a new rear tire too. Hummmmm

bluedogok
01-19-2005, 10:54 AM
Maybe we should a tire changing meet at Kurt's house :mrgreen:

I will probably take you up on that, what other items would be required :chug:

gotdurt
01-19-2005, 10:56 AM
You mount them at my house for free. :chug:
Jeez man, you are officially my friend :chug: What do you do for balancing?
I've always mounted my own dirt tires, but never bothered to balance them (I lost large chunks of rubber too often to make it worth while).

I haven't heard of anyone who was dissatisfied with Cycle Gear.
The one in Mesa, AZ used to do it for 10 bucks, free if you bought the tire there. I don't know about here and now.

gotdurt
01-19-2005, 11:51 AM
Maybe we should a tire changing meet at Kurt's house

Let's just make it an 'Austinish' maintenance day, at Kurt's... :mrgreen:

Seriously though, not a bad idea. If we need to we can do it at my house, I have a big driveway, complete with oil stains. Of course, I'll have to check with the she-boss first :roll:

Did I just hijack my own thread???? :scratch

kurt
01-19-2005, 01:00 PM
I don't mind my house, but I have a garage and then a steep driveway. The cul-de-sac would work though.

Tourmeister
01-19-2005, 02:08 PM
tireqwik.com

The bead breaker works great. The balancing stand also is very nice and easy to use. I got my tire irons at Tractor Supply Co., and they are also great. Lastly, get thee a can of Yamaha Tire Lube. That stuff is magic... you'll never want to use soap and water again ;-)

Adios,

Squeaky
01-19-2005, 03:49 PM
I don't mind my house, but I have a garage and then a steep driveway. The cul-de-sac would work though.

I didn't ride up or down that monster on the Strom - it's VERY steep (but worked out well for loading the bike into the back of the truck).

Maybe I can come out and hold tools... I love to watch men get sweaty around bikes! :angel:

kurt
01-19-2005, 03:59 PM
The sweaty part is OK. The temper-tantrums and tool thrownig we'd rather keep hidden. Bring your filter, we can change your oil.

Squeaky
01-19-2005, 04:14 PM
Tool throwing is no good. That's how things get broken and dented. I will take the tools away from you mad men and put them away gently.

So when is this all happening?
Set a date and time and I'll see if I can make it out. The oil filter is still under the seat...

Oh, and I need to fit a new washer onto the right hang guard and I need to see about maybe getting a new brake lever.

gotdurt
01-19-2005, 04:21 PM
Perhaps we should start a new thread, you hijackers. ;-)

kurt
01-19-2005, 04:23 PM
Oh, and I need to fit a new washer onto the right hang guard and I need to see about maybe getting a new brake lever.

Why?

Gotdirt, here is a picture of the tires.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v609/kurt1305/Pictures/tire.jpg

Hood Ornament
01-20-2005, 01:01 AM
BT 020's are getting a bit dated. There's a lot better ST compound tires out there now. But, the price on them is hard to beat. I used to get between 3K and 4K on a rear on the Busa.

gotdurt
01-20-2005, 07:37 AM
Oh, and I need to fit a new washer onto the right hang guard and I need to see about maybe getting a new brake lever.

Why?

Gotdirt, here is a picture of the tires.

Works for me!

sphpkr
01-20-2005, 04:53 PM
I just replaced the BT020 on the back of my Zed-11 after 6K miles with another one. I've had it all the way out to the edge with no traction issues. Great wear, great price.

Steve strom
01-20-2005, 10:03 PM
I just put bt 020's on the v-strom about 600 miles ago. These were the only matched set of road radials I could find to fit the bike.

So far I like them. But....it seemed that the front tire was chirping a little bit at about peg scraping time on the recent 'cold' lagrange ride. I think it did not rise above the 50's that day. Warmer days there was no tire chirping.

I'm glad to hear of the 4000 + miles some are reporting here. Tread depth on the tires is not so great.

Steve

Squeaky
01-20-2005, 10:19 PM
I just put bt 020's on the v-strom about 600 miles ago. These were the only matched set of road radials I could find to fit the bike.

So Tourmeister shows you the dirt and you go from DS to street tires. Hmm, what does this say about you liking the dirt?

...chirping a little bit at about peg scraping time...

Umm, the Strom has a LOT of room before you get to peg scraping. This I gotta see!

Tourmeister
01-20-2005, 11:40 PM
:tab I had them on the VFR 800's and did not get more than about 3500 out of the rear. For a touring tire, that sucks. However, they were good in the cold and wet for me on an eleven hour run from Mena, Ar., down to Kerrville in 50 F. I was uh... hustling across central Texas... I much preferred the Pilot Road.

:tab The Metzler Tourance rear that I run on the GS will go about 10K if you don't abuse it. I get about 6-7K out of it... The TKC 80 knobby rear looks like it will do about 3500-4000 before it wears out. The front looks to be good for two rears. I've dragged pegs and luggage with the knobbies on the bike and it never once felt squirrely or unstable.

Adios,

Squeaky
01-21-2005, 02:03 AM
Here's a write-up on the BT020 that I found: BT020 (http://11109.rapidforum.com/topic=104181955390)

gotdurt
01-21-2005, 08:59 AM
The TKC 80 knobby rear looks like it will do about 3500-4000 before it wears out.
:eek: Wow. I've tried about every street legal knobby available, never got more than 1.5k on a rear tire, typically less than 1k. Fronts were good for about 2k.

Yea, I've pretty much decided against the BT020. I'll probably just go back to a Metzler M-1.