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post #1 of 34 Old 03-12-2019, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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Stock Battlewing opinion/experience puncture resistance

I either have bad luck, or the stock battewings are an extremely soft tire. BW501/502

What has peoples experience been with puncture resistance of this tire. I realize that any tire can be punctured, but it seems the construction of this tire, in my experience, lends itself to easily pick up a nice stab wound, whether it be the grip or the tread of the tire.

I have about 3000 miles on my V. At about 2000, i found a paperclip, yes a paperclip, all the way through the tire. This past weekend i started thinking about pre spring maintenance. I found and unidentifiable nail type object thats been sitting there all winter. Luckily, this one went in sideways and not through. Both of these have been in the rear tire.

So, is it me, or the tire? I actually enjoy this tire with my mostly on road riding, plenty of grip, seems smooth. How does it perform on gravel roads? I never realyl thought about keeping plugs and a pump on my bike, but this has me rethinking. I've had one flat in 20+ years of riding before the V.

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I have about 2500 on my stock Battlewing with no issues.

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I have been running Battlewings (BW501/502) since wearing out the old stock Trailwings. I think the Trailwings were referred to as Deathwings, though I never had an issue.

I have been getting 14,800 to 17,200 miles on the front and 9,300 to 11,800 miles on the rear Battlewings. I do end up changing a little early (about 2mm left) due to upcoming long distant trips.

No punctures with the Battlewings or really any other issues. I like them, but will be trying the new Michelin Anakee Adventures when the snow melts and the weather warms up a bit. I hope to be doing a little more gravel and dirt in the fall.


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Don't know about the battlewings, but the trailwings were terrible. If you are primarily riding slab, go with a really good street tire.

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Battlewings are the best tires i've owned on the V as all around tires.
The only reason i don't have them currently is for "because race bike" purposes.
They outlasted all other tires i've tried, never had a puncture though.
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The BW's seem fine to me coming from new Shinko's and new Tourance XP's in the past.

A paperclip pierced a tire? Wow. I'm never riding through my office again.
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I clocked 10,000 miles with the factory BW 501/502 on my Vee2. No troubles, no complaints.

Replaced them with Continental TKC70's and longed for my old Battlewings.

The front TKC70 was worn out in less than 5,000 miles. Put a Shinko 705 on to finish out the rear. I won't go back to the Conti's.
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Erock, I just replaced the tires on my '14 DL1K, and I went with the oem Bridgestone BattleWings--I like the ride and handling, havnt gotten a flat on the 1st pair, 7500 miles at the change.
I dont know if youre aware, but there are different BattleWings for specific motorcycles. Different letter suffixes depending on brand and model. It took some searching through parts catalogs to find this.
The factory service manual lists tires as: BW 501 J Front
BW 502 J Rear
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The BW's seem fine to me coming from new Shinko's and new Tourance XP's in the past.

A paperclip pierced a tire? Wow. I'm never riding through my office again.
I liked, but damnit, there needs to be a "lol" tag.



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The factory service manual lists tires as: BW 501 J Front
BW 502 J Rear


If I understand or was advised correctly, the 1000 should be J-Spec and the 650 was OK with G-Spec. Don't quote on that and I'm happy to be corrected by someone in the know.

We have the original Bridgestones on two 650's, no puncture issues with excess of 12,000 km on each bike.
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