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post #1 of 20 Old 04-27-2016, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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Battle Wing vs. Trail Wing

I just got a screw puncture in my rear Trail Wing tire, plugged it, and is holding air, but none of the dealers in town will put a patch on the inside, so I'm thinking of replacement. I do 98% street riding.

Can I put a Battle Wing on the rear (BW502)? It seems to have been discontinued. Or stick with another Trail Wing? If I put a road or touring tire on and keep the stock Trail Wing on the front, will the handling be affected? I am interested in longevity and safety over handling. I would think the Battle Wing is better since it was designed after the Trail Wing was.

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Battlewing is a better tire overall anyways than the Trailwing, by all means feel free to mix tires. Revzilla still sells the Battlewing, and it is still being made as far as I know.
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Either one will work just fine. These bikes are pretty forgiving when it comes to handling and tires. After all, they're not a thoroughbred.
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I just got an E-mail from Bridgestone. They suggested I try the NEW Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A40 Motorcycle Tire Rear 150/70-17 Radial It's supposed to be better all-around than the Battlewing and more street/touring oriented.
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I just got an E-mail from Bridgestone. They suggested I try the NEW Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A40 Motorcycle Tire Rear 150/70-17 Radial It's supposed to be better all-around than the Battlewing and more street/touring oriented.
And a helluva lot more expensive too.
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Our V2 came stock with BW501/502 and they are a VERY good road tyre (tire!) I had just traded our SV1000 running Pirelli Angel GTs, and riding the V2 fast on a very bumpy twisty road I reckon I was as fast as I could ever have been on the SV. My friend on a hot TLS1000 reckons he was at the limit (due to the bumps) basically I,m saying I have been riding the V2 like a sportsbike and the BW501/502 did not limit me. only scraping hard parts did!
On dirt roads they are acceptable but they do squirm around. I have trailwings atm and they are much better in the dirt (maybe I,m getting more comfortable in the dirt?) and I did a fastish ride on the weekend and I had no complaints about the trailwings.
If your 90%+ on sealed roads the BW are the pick they are underated IMHO. AND they last for ages! We got 12,000 ks from the rear ,mostly 99% 2 up and many thousands of K,s with a shitload of luggage. I reckon the front would have done 18,000ks
FWIW if your tyre was plugged correctly I wouldnt be concerned about if loosing pressure unexpectedly, a rope plug for example isnt gonna just pop out. If/when you take that tyre off, have a look at the knot inside where the rope plug is You,d be more likely to get another puncture than have the repair fail
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FWIW if your tyre was plugged correctly I wouldnt be concerned about if loosing pressure unexpectedly, a rope plug for example isnt gonna just pop out. If/when you take that tyre off, have a look at the knot inside where the rope plug is You,d be more likely to get another puncture than have the repair fail
What he said about properly plugged tires. I'm running one on the back my my BMW and another on the pickup truck.

Neither has failed.
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Ran a plugged rear for a summer and half. Only reason for the switch was wear out. I went with BW front and rear on my 04 wee. In the last year I have liked them a lot.
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When my rear TrailWing wore out I replaced it with the Battlewing. There was no problem with that combo until the front TW started to wear out. So I also put a BW on the front. Now, I don't find the V-Strom to be that confidence-inspiring on gravel anyway, due to its higher center of gravity compared to some other bikes, but, at least in my opinion the BattleWings handle better on gravel than the TrailWings. And there are a couple of roads near Marietta, Ohio that allowed the BattleWings' grip to scrape a peg a time or two, so I'm quite happy with them as a good general-purpose tire. Also, there are times when I've gassed it pretty hard turning from a stop, and the rear does not break loose dramatically but seems to be predictable- you may feel it slip ever so slightly but nothing scary. (Although that probably also has a lot to do with the V-Strom's nice smooth power delivery.)

That said, I'm planning to get a little "dirty" with the Strom, and have a set of Mitas E-07 Dakars waiting in the garage! But if not for that I'd stick with the BattleWings for as long as they are available.
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I'm wondering if the hole that was made by the screw weakened the cordage and will eventually fail from stresses.
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