BT 023 - who's got them?

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BT 023 - who's got them?

Post by phanson » Wed Apr 20, 2011 3:14 pm

I know a couple of lads were trying the new BT 023's - have you got any miles on them and any feedback yet?

Do you know how they compare with BT-016's or Michelin 2CT's for example?

(I think it's a given that they are better than the OE Conti's!!)
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Re: BT 023 - who's got them?

Post by White Knight » Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:15 pm

Couple of fellas in this thread viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2937 are very pleased with them.
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Re: BT 023 - who's got them?

Post by andy2906 » Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:15 am

Liked the original tyres once warmed but no good in wet at all. Got some BT023s fitted before setting off on a long tour of Europe. In Bulgaria now after doing about 8500kms on varying roads. The front looks still new. The back is well legal but a bit squared off in the middle. Though this doesn't seem to upset the cornering yet. They handled great in all conditions. Was using the edge of the tyre two up & loaded in the dry. Wet weather riding was good you could feel what was going on & how much grip was available. There was the odd start of a slide at front & rear but easily corrected. Decided to lower the front pressure to 30psi to improve front end feel & that was better (even 2 up). Not good on snow :shock: as we had to drive through 2 snow slides in Italy in the mountains. But took everything else in their stride. Probably need a new rear in about 4-6000kms
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Re: BT 023 - who's got them?

Post by dancerdave » Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:35 pm

any prices for them?
Looking to change..............very soon
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Re: BT 023 - who's got them?

Post by andy2906 » Tue Apr 26, 2011 5:38 am

Hi Dave
They cost £240.00 fitted for the pair at BIKE TYRES IN Leeds, UK. You might get a good deal online if you can fit them yourself for even cheaper
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Re: BT 023 - who's got them?

Post by andy2906 » Sun May 22, 2011 4:55 pm

8000 miles & just fitted a new back tyre. Front is fine & should last until I change both next time. Maybe Pilot Road 2s??
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Re: BT 023 - who's got them?

Post by dancerdave » Sun May 22, 2011 8:40 pm

8000 miles :o Thats 4 conti sports :mrgreen: Bloody Bargain
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Re: BT 023 - who's got them?

Post by phanson » Mon May 23, 2011 8:14 am

andy2906 wrote:8000 miles & just fitted a new back tyre. Front is fine & should last until I change both next time. Maybe Pilot Road 2s??
Andy - just to double check - you got 8k out of a BT-023 rear? Or Conti?

I've got about 3.5k on my OE Conti and it's fubar - I need to sneak out to get a pair fitted, but funds are low at the mo.

If you got that mileage out of a Bridgestone then it worth whatever they're asking. I assume you are an 'enthusiastic' rider judging by how quick you rack up the miles?
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Re: BT 023 - who's got them?

Post by jonty » Tue May 24, 2011 5:54 pm

not long on, but loving them so far.

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Re: BT 023 - who's got them?

Post by beyond » Tue May 24, 2011 7:16 pm

I got 3k out of the Conti's. Coming up to 3k on the BT023's and not much wear, I wouldn't be surprised if I got close to 8k miles from the rear.

Great tyre, lots of grip in the wet and were brilliant through the winter months. With the nice weather the past month I've had a chance to use them properly and found sides are nice and sticky, I have no chicken strips left. However, I have found turn in is slightly slower than on the OE tyres, probably because they're sports touring tyres or could it be that I have the wrong pressures set? I'm running 32, 32 as per the manual.

I rate the BT023's really highly but I think I may try the Dunlop SportSmarts next. They may not last as long and might not be as good in the winter (I expect to go through one pair of tyres per year) but there's only one way to find out which I prefer...
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Re: BT 023 - who's got them?

Post by manxzulu » Tue May 24, 2011 10:27 pm

I just picked up my white SMT on Saturday and had the tyres changed to Dunlop Sportsmarts as i had heard such bad things about the Contis.
My mate, who is a motorcycle instructor for the police force swears by the Dunlop Roadsmarts so I thought i would try the new sportier version.
Only 120 miles on them so far but they already feel fantastic. That could be because the bike is awesome but they really are worth considering if you need to change your tyres.

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BT 023 - who's got them? ME!!!

Post by phanson » Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:27 am

Right then - after an abortive attempt to fit Bridgestone's (dealer wasn't interested in ANY kind of deal - pah! - I finally got some (not so) shiney new BT-023 rubber fitted last Friday.
Ride in ride out price? 240 of my finest hard earned Great British Sterling Pounds. Not cheap - but then all tyres seem bloody expensive these days.
Within the space of one tank of petrol the chicken strips were reduced to a few scant millimetres either side.
Apart from one snaking back end, due to locking up the rear as a car suddenly appeared on a roundabout, I've had zero issues with these tyres.
If anything the turn-in is SLIGHTLY (teeny, weeny bit) slower than the Conti's - but far more controllable, just the way I like it. I have far more confidence in the bike and a that elusive quality - 'feel' - when I'm in the corners.
The tyres seem to warm up quickly and performance seems consistant in temperatures ranging from 12degC to 24degC.
I'm running 31psi front and rear and have backed the front preload off to zero. The bike just seems to dig in and that's what's given me the confidence to fiddle with the handling a bit more.

Normally I'd have run BT-016's, but this bike doesn't have the power or weight to really need the extra grip, so I've gone for longer tyre life in these frugal times.

All in all a damn good investment - recommended.
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Re: BT 023 - who's got them?

Post by Robbo » Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:46 pm

just would like to say i got 1500 miles out the rear original conti on my smt and that was including running in the first 500 miles.
Me and the mates headed up to skye on sat never thinking i would need a rear tyre.Before i left i checked it and it was shot but to late to replace .time i got back yesterday the wire was showing.BLOODY CLOWN. :o

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Re: BT 023 - who's got them?

Post by Robbo » Mon Jun 06, 2011 9:06 pm

Just ordered a pair of o23 off bikespeeduk.com, to the door.£205. This company is up here and they used to be C&J Wilsons,they have always been cheepest for tyres

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Re: BT 023 - who's got them?

Post by kaivalagi » Mon Jun 06, 2011 9:28 pm

I'll be looking at tyres very very soon, my rear stock conti is squaring off (done 2200 miles) and after this weekend coming up I expect I'll need some new ones....Can't decide on which yet

How would the BT023's fair for mileage compared to say Mich PR3's or Metz M5 Interacts etc?
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Re: BT 023 - who's got them?

Post by Stu46Duke » Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:27 pm

I've got 3000 miles on my 023's including a trip on the motorways to Germany and there's no sign of squaring off yet. I still think they're a great tyre with plenty of dry and wet weather (well practiced in Germany) grip.
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Re: BT 023 - who's got them?

Post by falcon4 » Thu Dec 29, 2011 4:42 am

Need to make an order pretty quick, so hope I can get an answer tonite.

I stayed with the conti in front too long (have a 23 on the back)
and feel it was a strong contributor in putting the bike down today.
Not too much damage thankfully.

Anyone buying the GT version of the BT023?
best I could tell it is for longer life and heavier bikes.
I know the SMT is not heavy, but the longer life would be nice
and for 2 up it might be a better choice?

ANY ideas?
thanks for a quick reply or two,

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Re: BT 023 - who's got them?

Post by kaivalagi » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:22 am

Never tried the Bridgestones but I got some PR3's for £235 fitted not so long back, can't recommend them enough! I replaced the contis after 3K miles, they were knackered in no time...I think any of the Mich dual compound tyres are ace to be honest...
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Re: BT 023 - who's got them?

Post by Stu46Duke » Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:50 pm

I've had the standard 023's on for about 6,000 miles now and they've been spot on. Grip in wet and dry is excellent and they even manage to work well now it's gone chilly. The rear is due for a change now so I might try some PR3's (front and back) for a comparison.

The 023 GT version is for heavier bikes so has, I undertstand, a stiffer carcass. This will affect the ride quality and I doubt will make much difference on mileage as you usually wear away the centre. Unless of course you're a cornering god and live by the Nurburgring.

As a rule I try and avoid mixing makes and compounds as it makes bikes feel a bit strange. If you do mix though, the softer grippier tyre needs to be on the front so it's the back end that slides first and it needs to warm up quickly (unlike the conti's).
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Re: BT 023 - who's got them?

Post by falcon4 » Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:37 pm

Not mixing is one reason I'm checking about the GT version.
Bike Bandit sent me the GT for rear (not what I ordered), and
I didn't return it due to needing the tire for a trip. I've liked it so far,
but have been considered going with a softer front as you say.

Now I need to order the front right now, so the decision is today. :)
I do corner quite a bit and wore off the sides of the conti, but that
may not be saying much. I think having it worn into a V contributed to
my accident yesterday.
Only reason it was not replaced already was due to indecision on what to buy.
I mention it here as a reminder on how important it is to have good tires.
I'm sure I'm the only dummy to do this, but just in case someone else needs a
reminder!
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