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post #1 of 16 Old 09-02-2019, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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Bridgestone: T31 or A41?

It's a simple choice, really. But not all that simple, I guess.

A set of the T31 buns is $235.76 at my preferred seller, Rocky Mountain.

A set of A41 rubber is $247.76

Use case is 99.99% street, DL1000, VERY hard cornering, and all weather use.


FWIW, I really loved the Battle Wing 501/502. Relatively inexpensive and they worked great and lasted. You can still get these in a few places, but only in the "OEM" versions, which seem to have significantly less tread life. Not sure whether they're softer or have less tread depth or what, but they're definitely not the ones I want.

Current rubber is the Metzeler Tourance Next. Very meh, but they did last a long while.

No, I'm not paying $360 for a set of Michelins.

Yes, I'm aware I missed last month's rebates... don't rub it in.

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post #2 of 16 Old 09-02-2019, 11:03 PM
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Were there rebates last month? I bought a set of T31s after exhaustive research from AMT for 258 shipped to me and the 60 rebate brought them to 198 to my door. That rebate ended on April 30th. I like you am 100% pavement and hit the corners hard at times when the mood strikes. I still have not mounted them though so I cannot say if they will be what I expect but I am thinking they will be. Smoother ride than the stiffer sidewall A41s and better grip in the corners with better mileage too.
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How about Metzler Tourance?
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We are running a set of the A41's on the Super Tenere. I have run two rears and one front T-31 on the BMW RT. Been around the tires you mention enough to be able to compare. The A41's are really good tires. Very good grip, but they do ride a bit harsh compared to something like the T-30 we had on it before. The A-41 looks a LOT better on the adventure style bike for what that is worth. Looks like the A-41 rear will out wear the Battlewings that came on the ST, but we are suspicious that the front tire will not outlast the rear.

The T-31 is the best all around street tire I have run. You won't need the "GT" version on the Strom, so the ride will be quite nice. I have over 14,000 miles on this front T-31, the rear has well over 7,000 and looking at my tread depth/mileage chart from new on these last two T-31's it will go well over 9000 miles. If I leave it on( upcoming trips dictate that). That is better mileage than I have gotten on any Michelin, as good as the ME880 Metzeler, and better than the T-30 Bridgestones did or the Dunlop Roadsmarts. Buy with confidence. Did I mention they are cheap compared to other leading brands? Grip on wet is as good as any tire ( meaning I have not lost grip in any wet conditions and I ride in some extremes of that). Grip on dry gives confidence, and feedback is good. Especially when you drop pressure in the front tire....
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Thanks, realshelby -- that's exactly the info I was looking for.

I'm leaning toward the T31; I haven't tried a pure street tire on the Vee yet, and now I'm curious. I have a couple of very sporty road trips coming up, and I'll likely take the Vee to one or both. I use my KLR for the dual-sport trips; the Vee is a sport-tourer.

Interesting that you mention they have a nicer ride; I can't say I've thought much about that, but it would be welcome.

FWIW, I usually order through Rocky Mountain ATV/MC because they always have the lowest tire prices or are within a buck or two, plus I get a 5% credit, and I almost always get my goodies the next day from their warehouse in Kentucky. Revzilla has a similar 5% program, but they don't have the goodies for my KLR that RM has. And some of RM's house brand stuff (Tusk, Battle Born) is quite good.

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bwringer: "a couple of sporty road trips coming up"

I just replaced my Michelin Pilot 4's after 5500 kms, the rear tire never felt right, rough and noisy and unevenly worn, but then again the 3's were noisy with vibration. These were my second set of Michelin Pilots. I read some great reviews coming out of the UK regarding the Metzler Roadtec 01, a sport touring tire, from guys riding the 1200GS and other 'adventure' bikes ridden only on pavement. I purchased a new set on my Vstrom 650 and after 1000 kms its feels like a totally new handling bike, so smooth into the corners, quiet, with great grip, and they seem to respond to a heavy handed throttle quicker than the Michelins or the Bridgestones. Look into them.
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I'm sure the Metzeler Roadtec is a lovely tire, but a set is almost $330 and I'd have to order from a different vendor.

LOL NOPE.

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Bridgestone had a tire rebate program in the spring, hopefully will be repeated in 2020. Would make a good deal on the T31s even sweeter.

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IIRC, the Bridgestone rebate was on the T30's, not the 31's.

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And on the A41s. Hopefully they will cover the T31 next time.

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