Main Motorcycle: Triumph Sprint GT
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Central Coast NSW Australia
Other Motorcycle: Honda Hornet 919 (Sold)
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Hi. It was interesting to read the perceived comments, and I can comment with authority on the handling issue. I had a 2011 GT and it handled like a drunk pig. Wouldn't turn would't change direction and followed the white lines in the road like they were God. The handling really was a struggle to get used too.
Then some as@hole in a crappy little car shot out of a side road without looking and wrote it off.
Have just picked up a 2012 GT and what a difference.
Handling is great and it does what its told too.
The difference is the tyres. The first bike had Dunlop roadsmarts, a brilliant tyre on my tiger 1050. The latest GT has Bridgestone Battlax BT021 or something like that. A vast improvement. Totally different to the performance seen on my Tiger.
Soooo. Not even the manufacturers always get it right.
on the topic of tires... I've ran battle axes on my ZX14 and they worked out great. But, on the GT, the ones that came on it BT021, just feel weird. I just looked it up and I think I was running the BT-023 on my ZX. The BT021's description say it's made more for "touring-oriented riders" and give a "luxury feel". Which translates to, "great if you are doing all highway".
I think I'm gonna swap my tires out pretty soon. Kills me to swap out tires this new but it does look like they are the same tire size for my dad's FJR. I think he runs the BT021 without complaints, but it's a heavier bike. Maybe I'll ship them out to him.
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