I bought these as a set for a 07 hayabusa. Ive got about 1000 miles on them and ive done a variety of riding. I've leaned them over at speeds at over 170mph+ and have done top speed runs on them several times with no drama during any of it. Im not a professional rider but so far they handle the mistakes i make thru corners with no fuss. The only complaint if its even one is that they feel kinda numb. Sometimes i cant feel what they are doing. I have a full exhaust, PCV, -1tooth in front, and lightweight wheels and they handle the power just fine. They also get really sticky when hot. I hope this review helps some of the sport bike riders who are on the fence about sport touring tires.
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I'm happy with my tire seems to be doing okay when it gets about 10, 000 miles that I don't know if I like it or not rear tires don't hold up that long this one should
I like this tire but my only issue with this purchase is the age of the tires when they arrived. Be sure to check the date code on your tires and let your intuition be your guide. The rule of thumb is to replace the tire regardless of tread life if the tire is 6 years old. I purchased these May 1st 2019, in tire code the date would read 1819. The rear tire I received has a date code of 5117 (51st week of 2017) already 1 year 5 month's old. and the front tire date code is 4317 (43rd week of 2017) already 1 year 7 month's old. I will wear these out in 2 years time based on the miles I put on. So buyer be ware only for the age of the tires you may receive.
Yes the tread pattern direction is different on install. The front is opposite from the rear. I confirmed this. East to install even on a cold 40 degree day.
Like most riders, I like to try different tires.
From the classic pairing of the bias ply Metzeler ME33 Laser/ME55 Metronic followed by radials from Avon, Bridgestone Continental, Dunlop, Michelin, and Pirelli, each new set provided a new experience.
While many remained fond of the Bridgestone T30, I found they lacked feel and wore quickly--and remained unimpressed.
I never tried the T30 Evo, but in preparations for my annual journey from Denver to SoCal, then up the coast and back home, made the decision to give the T31 a go. (I figured worst case they would last the 4000 mile journey and I would replace them with something "better" upon my return.)
Surprised I was by the difference between the T30 and the T31.
Where the T30 felt kinda lifeless and detached from the road, the T31 had a direct connection and excellent feel (tactile, planted, yet light).
It was this direct connection and feel that provided both better handling and higher speed stability than previous tires I have used, including the Angel GT and PR4's.
The T31's dug into corners unlike the others and without any twitchiness.
The T31 puts the sport in sport touring, and after 4000 miles--when it was past time to replace the T30's--the T31's have many miles remaining.
The tires warmed up quickly in the cooler temps (lower 50's) and never felt greasy in the hot (100+).
The only rain was brief, light, and overnight, so I am unable to comment on how they perform in the wet.
Comparing the T31 to the Continental Road Attack 3 proved to me they are equal but different (in dry conditions) with the T31 emphasizing sport and the CRA3 leaning a bit more toward the touring side, with amazingly long mileage.
Both are excellent sport touring tires and in my experience the T31 and CRA3 tires outperform both the Angel GT and PR4.
I would re-purchase the T31 and CRA3 without hesitation.
A note on Bridgestone's impressive quality control (or luck of the draw) is the T31 required a single 5-gram weight to balance each wheel.
And a note on the PCH detour: the Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd was a superb surprise. . .
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