Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Midwest snow country
While the BT023 is a totally road tire, I see its been replaced by the T30. I'll have to check it out. Just a couple of observations; with the increased popularity of adventure/dual sport bikes the manufacturers are scrambling to come up with tires to meet this demand. The original "dual sport" tires; Tourance, Gripster, Karoo, Anakee and many others have been "upgraded" to meet the new demands. But just what are the demands of the new "dual sport" or "adventure" rider? I see them as the 2 wheeled version of the Jeep. That is, a vehicle designed to handle the rigors of off road riding, but that seldom if ever are ridden off road. I ran Pirelli Trails with great success one the slab but these tires were clearly not meant for the rigors of off road. Looking at road tires the trend is toward fewer protrusions and grooves but to more sophisticated carcasses. Multi rubber compounds are designed to give grip on the sidewalls and longevity on the flat portion. Clearly tread wear is the objective. Frequently the new design achieves that goal but gives up another. I'm hard pressed to come up with an recommendation. You just can't find a tire that works for you and stick with it. Some new tires are specifically designed for traction and longevity only to prove worse than the previous version. Clearly no brand offers any superiority over others. I doubt progress will ever stop, which is a good thing, but I sure wish there was a way one could evaluate a new product accurately. The plus side is that you can hardly make a bad choice. Good luck and keep the black side down.