Bridgestone Battlax BT 012

Dry Grip 68%
Wet Grip 46%
Road Feedback 45%
Handling 41%
Wear 57%
Comfort 62%
Buy again 19%

The Bridgestone Battlax BT 012 is a High Performance Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Motorcycle

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Tyre review data from 10 tyre reviews averaging 48% over 32,200 miles driven.

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Top Bridgestone Battlax BT 012 Review

Given 51% while driving a Yamaha 2002 R6 (180/55 R17 W) on mostly country roads for 4,000 spirited miles
I had a pair of these in 2003 on my 2002 Yamaha R6, I developed my riding a lot on these tires to the point they were the first tires I ever ditched while they were still legal. I was annoyed at the time with the performance drop off but to be honest since I had those I've had to bin most tires before they hit the legal limit.
From new they were pretty awesome although they didn't quite have the comfort and feel of the Michelin Pilots Sports they replaced. They required the suspension to be adjusted but once dialled in they had superior grip, the soft edges would ripple even on the road which looked cool (I was young).
At around 3000 miles the shoulder on the front tire was wearing more than the centre due to the dual compound and the grip was starting to go off a little on the rear. I nearly highsided in the wet on a track day at this mileage, and at 4000 miles the bike was a handful in wet or cold conditions. My mate managed to throw it down the road on them despite my warnings. I had new tires on mail order which came shortly afterwards.
The Michelins had done 5000 miles and only the rear was worn out, they still gripped as good more or less as when new so I hated Bridgestones and have barely used them since.
2 - tyre reviewed on June 15, 2016   

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Given 51% while driving a Yamaha 2002 R6 (180/55 R17 W) on mostly country roads for 4,000 spirited miles
I had a pair of these in 2003 on my 2002 Yamaha R6, I developed my riding a lot on these tires to the point they were the first tires I ever ditched while they were still legal. I was annoyed at the time with the performance drop off but to be honest since I had those I've had to bin most tires before they hit the legal limit.
From new they were pretty awesome although they didn't quite have the comfort and feel of the Michelin Pilots Sports they replaced. They required the suspension to be adjusted but once dialled in they had superior grip, the soft edges would ripple even on the road which looked cool (I was young).
At around 3000 miles the shoulder on the front tire was wearing more than the centre due to the dual compound and the grip was starting to go off a little on the rear. I nearly highsided in the wet on a track day at this mileage, and at 4000 miles the bike was a handful in wet or cold conditions. My mate managed to throw it down the road on them despite my warnings. I had new tires on mail order which came shortly afterwards.
The Michelins had done 5000 miles and only the rear was worn out, they still gripped as good more or less as when new so I hated Bridgestones and have barely used them since.
2 - tyre reviewed on June 15, 2016   
Given 44% while driving a Honda Honda CB600F Hornet (180/55 R17) on a combination of roads for 6,000 average miles
These are the only tires I tried on my hornet my 2011 as they are the standard ones. Too hard and too fat, they are heavy and not precize. The compound suffers of the hard downshiftings of a fowr cilinders and often slides or loose traction. It was ok when the the hornet was 25kw but since I changed it to full power they can't handle it. Very difficult on wet surfaces and absolutely no grip on painted parts as road crossings. After 6000km it is possible to see the central part of the tire a bit flat because of the use. I think they will last 1000km more as maximum. Never got to reach the end of the tire on sides because it starts to feel uncomfortable more one or two centimeters far from that.
0 - tyre reviewed on October 29, 2015   
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Given 69% while driving a Honda CBR600FA (190/55 R17) on a combination of roads for 4,000 average miles
Very neutral tyres. They are not excellent but they are not so bad either. They lasted 7000km so far and i thing they will do another 1000km before the rear wears out completely. I use them on everyday commuting and 300-500km weekend trips and i never had any significant concerns about the performance although have the rear 90% maxed out. I read some reviews that people came off due to these tyres but i honestly think it was not BT012's fault. I would only buy them again if i wanted a cheap sport-ish touring tyre. i will with next year to Metzeler M7RR which i know are by far better.
0 - tyre reviewed on September 14, 2015   
Given 36% while driving a Honda CB600F FA ABS (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 1,000 spirited miles
Came as factory standard on a CBR600FB. As an all weather commuter in the UK I've been really disappointed with these tyres.

I've not been thrown off yet (touch wood) as with some of the other reviews, but they have little to no feedback in any conditions, and are pretty slippery if there's any moisture on the roads. Braking distances are also abysmal in the wet. I've got no confidence in them and they're coming off ASAP.

When roads have been dry for a few days and the ambient temperature is 20+ degrees C, it's a totally different story, so I would probably consider these as a cheaper option for track day tyres.

Finally, after ~1000 miles of mixed commuting/fun, they're already pretty badly worn... I'd probably only get another 2000 miles tops, although I do tend to ride pretty hard --- more careful riders will probably get 4000+. In short, not recommended; why they put these as stock on a sport tourer, I have no idea.
0 - tyre reviewed on May 13, 2014   
Given 39% while driving a Honda (180/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 1,000 average miles
These tyres come fitted as standard to Honda CBR600FA. In the dry they are ok but in wet and cold they are abysmal. I came off after a slide in wet conditions, luckily not too much damage to the bike, doing around 35mph only. They are the poorest tyres I have used in over 20years and not suited to average Uk conditions. I have changed to Michelin PR3 which are excellent and the difference in wet conditions was noticeable immediately.
Do not buy and if you have these, only ride on hot summer dry days.
0 - tyre reviewed on February 2, 2014   

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