The way we should look at the Battlax BT-023 is rather an agile, high grip, sport oriented tire. This tire can be ridden for longer miles in much wider of a range of weather scenarios. If you want something that is more of a hardcore sport bike tire that is usually done in warmer or drier conditions something like the Battlax S20 or from the S20 family product could be considered something better off.
Battlax BT-023 competes with something like the Michelin Pilot road 2, and also competes with the Dunlop Roadsmart. This is the type of tire that is going to give you great wet and dry grip. It could be taken in consideration for a guy who commutes to work on a VFR on an 800 to 1000CC bike after which he is still thinking to where he’s going to go out and trip extra spiritedly, but he might see rain right here and there or experience through it fearlessly.
This tire comes in 17 and 18 rims sizes and you’re going to see OEM fitments. The Battlax BT-023 actually replaced the BT-021 and came with the upgrade in the tire which is about 30% extra mileage out of the tire, due to the fact it is a mix of sport and performance and long range that allows you to get more of a lifetime out of the tire. Looking at the groove pattern, you will see great wet grip and great water dispersal. The Battlax BT-023 and the BT-021 are usually known to be better than average at wet grip handling.
Another nice feature in this tire is the silica charge compound for better grip on both the front and the rear. The front tires are a mono compound, one compound of rubber, but one of the cool things about it are the two different styles of grooves on this tire. All of the grooves go all the way of the sidewall. The V-shaped grooves are designed to be for better control under heavy braking while the T-formed grooves are to be for better linear stability at speed. So there are number of different technologies that are developed into the tread pattern. Moving to the rear we’ve got similar technologies with our V’s and our T’s and you will see there isn’t any groove alongside the center channel for better contact patch, but it is also a dual compound tire now. So, you are going to have a softer compound and the shoulders, which are sort of out toward the edged. The middle has a wide band, so 50% of the middle is going to be a harder compound to provide the better mileage even with the heavier bike.