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Last Updated : 02 July 2012

With the new generation Hayabusa and the progress of time comes a new set of tyre choices! So here are my brief tyre reviews for the model I've chosen for my mototrcycles.

Note: Your experience may vary to mine due to variances is suspension set-up, your body weight, tyre pressures, road surface, climate, temperature, wear and tear in general.  My comments should only be taken as a guide.

Michelin Pilot Pure
Bridgestone BT-021
Bridgestone BT-015

Michelin Pilot Pure

The Michelin Pilot Pure were the replacements for the original BT-015 that came from the factory. My review for the Pilot Pure tyres for the Hayabusa are very positive so far. However before I get to that I have to explain that these are the new generation of 'dual compound' tyres meaning that the edge of the tyres are softer than the centre. They where not chosen on price or looks but for promised features by Michelin. It won't be the first time I was convinced by sales and technical specifications - if it turns out to be a dud tyre.

The result of the new tyre technology is noticeable. The Pilot Pure's compared to the BT-15: In dry but cold weather there is more steering feel from the front and back. There is also grip too. The only thing that counts against it so far is the not quite inspiring thread pattern. Price of the new Pilots Pure's are not much more than older but cheaper models from a number of manufacturers. I won't put up pricing since it does vary world wide and when your purchasing.

They are superior in feel to the original Bridgestone's and seem to be wearing quite well. Definitely more front and rear end feel if you get the drift. Due to confidence levels purely due to the new tyres I feel more confident and faster during any sort of cornering.

Bridgestone BT-021R

The Bridgestone BT-021 are the OEM factory tyres that came with with the DN. They fit the Hayabusa too which makes this a good comparison on a motorcycle with lower power.  With a few thousand or so km's in a variety of conditions I can safely say that they should  not be used for high powered or sports motorcycles or if you want to make the most of the motorcycle's handling abilities.

Although the BT-021 wear well, simply put they don't provide much grip especially when cold. I have had a number of slides at low speeds which is not very inspiring. However when warmed up they seem to work quite well.  Again it is still early days for this tyre so come back for further updates on

Bridgestone BT-015

The Bridgestone BT-015 (Battlax) are the OEM tyres Suzuki has chosen for the 2nd generation Hayabusa.  Unlike 10 years prior 190 size tyres are now easy to find.  Personally I can not tell the difference in handling, wear and feel compared to the original due to the new suspension setup on the 2nd generation Hayabusa. So viewed in isolation the BT-015 work very well for road riding.

Conclusion so far: Reasonable looking tyre and works and wears well.  It seems more resistant to squaring off than the former BT56R's but that was nearly 10 years ago... The BT-015's will last for, based on my experience to date will last between 5000-6000kms if used 90% for road riding.



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