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Offline stevief

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New Tyres Again! - help
« on: 31 January, 2020, 11:23:50 AM »
Hi everyone, I have completed 5,000 miles on new BT023'S in the last 10 weeks and already they look like they need replacing, they are somewhat squared off and tread a bit worn (front and rear).
So the questions are:

                      Is 5,000 miles what I should expect to get from these tyres and
                      Are there any better value for money tyres (i.e. longer lasting but still good grip)

I ride daily, weekdays 70 miles on fast A roads (dual carriageways) and 20 miles through the narrow traffic-filled congested roads of central London

The tyres I have are:
Bridgestone Battlax BT-023 front: 120/70/17 58W and rear: 160/60/17 69W
I regularly check pressure and condition before rides and try and keep acceleration and stopping moderate (to keep fuel consumption and tyre wear to a minimum)

I would be grateful for alternative tyre suggestions and any advice on getting more from my tyres.

Thanks
Steve

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Re: New Tyres Again! - help
« Reply #1 on: 31 January, 2020, 01:54:41 PM »
Same tyres on mine and I'm getting twice that. I do have a conservative riding style that is not to say I hang around. I practice steady acceleration/deceleration and self preservation forward planning which allows for more gentle engine braking.

The headline I see in your post is the phrase 'fast A roads', you may just need to slow down. In my experience premature tyre wear goes hand in hand with brake pad wear and fuel economy, the more you get from each the more get from the other. Go steady on the acceleration, deceleration and braking. Take care where you filter and keep off as much of the tyre wearing debris and poor road surfaces found between lanes.

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Re: New Tyres Again! - help
« Reply #2 on: 31 January, 2020, 02:09:12 PM »
If its of any help the last Bridgestone 160/60 ZR17 BT0-23 rear tyre I got in September 2019 was from Autoenhance (01206 871 187) Unit 5, Brook Street Business Park, Colchester CO1 2UZ Good price too £112.98 fitted to a lose wheel. Get my £25.00 MOT's there too.

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Re: New Tyres Again! - help
« Reply #3 on: 31 January, 2020, 02:11:43 PM »
I am pretty steady too, and do forward plan to avoid excessive acceleration-deceleration.
I'm getting 12.8 litre per mile (58 MPG?) what sort of mpg are you getting?
Brake pad wear seems pretty good (i.e. not a lot)
When I say fast A-roads I was just trying to be clear that it was dual carriageways with 70 limit not roads with 60 limit roads, speed isn't excessive. Interesting what you say about debris and poor road surfaces, I'll keep that in mind.

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*Originally Posted by Art [+]
Same tyres on mine and I'm getting twice that. I do have a conservative riding style that is not to say I hang around. I practice steady acceleration/deceleration and self-preservation forward planning which allows for more gentle engine braking.

The headline I see in your post is the phrase 'fast A roads', you may just need to slow down. In my experience premature tyre wear goes hand in hand with brake pad wear and fuel economy, the more you get from each the more get from the other. Go steady on the acceleration, deceleration and braking. Take care where you filter and keep off as much of the tyre wearing debris and poor road surfaces found between lanes.

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Re: New Tyres Again! - help
« Reply #4 on: 31 January, 2020, 02:31:03 PM »
Thanks Art, it's always helpful to have comparisons of costs.

I generally get MOT from www.mot-a-bike.com (Brian Nunn & Sons) at Colchester £24.50 (if you book on the website)

The last tyres were fitted for me (ride in - ride out) at Hythe Hill Motorcycles Colchester:
BT-023 120/70 £73.08
BT-023 160/60 £91.07
plus £54 fitting

mot-a-bike quoted me £135 all in (ride in - ride out) to supply & fit BT-023 160/60 


*Originally Posted by Art [+]
If its of any help the last Bridgestone 160/60 ZR17 BT0-23 rear tyre I got in September 2019 was from Autoenhance (01206 871 187) Unit 5, Brook Street Business Park, Colchester CO1 2UZ Good price too £112.98 fitted to a lose wheel. Get my £25.00 MOT's there too.

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Re: New Tyres Again! - help
« Reply #5 on: 31 January, 2020, 02:35:45 PM »
Options, its all good