What’s up everyone? How have you been?
It’s been a while since the last post… 2 months ago, I finally got a new tire! I’ve chosen the Bridgestone Battlax S20 EVO for the new tire, but only got the rear. I know, I know…. Let me explain!
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When I got the FZ8, it came with Bridgestone Battlax BT-021. I really like Bridgestone, so I was quite confident I would keep it, although they look awful on the bike.
When I got the bike, I rode it daily, no matter what weather conditions. In dry conditions, the BT-021 worked good enough but I got a bit of wheel spin sometimes. But, in cold and wet conditions, I think those tires are really bad… I struggled a lot to put some temperature on them and, when I did, it would take 1 or 2 red lights to make them too cold again.
And the front tire… I never got confident on the wet and it scared the crap out of me a bunch of times. So, you must must be wondering: “Why the hell did you only got a new tire on the rear?!”
Well, you might have seen the Parts & Gear post I recently made, where I say I was considering Bridgestone’s Battlax S20 EVO or Pirelli’s Diablo Rosso II.
While getting some quotes, I concluded that the Pirelli tires were a lot more expensive than Bridgestone around here. That, plus the fact that I prefer the S20 design, made my mind clear and I decided the S20 EVO was going to be the new tire to go with.
Although I love it, it’s still an expensive tire and at the moment I couldn’t justify the investment of getting rid of a very much new front tire. I pushed it as far as I could but eventually the rear completely went and the front was well above average. That’s why I only got the rear.
I’m loving it! The grip level is amazing and in the wet it gives me confidence! (although limited as I still have that piece of plastic in the front…) I also like the way it looks on the bike as I think it’s a better match to the FZ8 than the BT-021.
The MSRP is about 230,00€ and they offer the labor, but I’m pretty sure I’ll go with the S20 EVO again when the front tire goes.
Let me know, in the comment box bellow, if you like the Bridgestone Battlax S20 EVO and if you think I’ve chosen the right tire!
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Have fun and Ride Safe! Cheers!