Bridgestone Battlax BT 023

The Bridgestone Battlax BT 023 is a Premium Touring Summer tire designed to be fitted to Motorcycles.

Tire Reviews

Dry Grip 92%
Wet Grip 85%
Road Feedback 89%
Handling 90%
Wear 90%
Comfort 92%
Buy again 91%

Tire review data from 40 tire reviews averaging 90% over 180,950 miles driven.

The Battlax BT 023 is ranked 3rd of 28 Summer Premium Touring tires.

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Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
180/55 R17 73W          
120/70 R17 58W          
150/70 R17 69W          

Questions and Answers for the Bridgestone Battlax BT 023

2016-04-30 - Hi there I have a BT-023 Battlax 160/60 rear tire. What pressure should I run at with a passenger (gross weight of the two of us is 160kg)?. My bike is a 650 verysy KLE

Unfortunately we're unable to give marque specific tire pressures. The rear load pressure of your bike will be set by the bike manufacturer, not the tire so it should be available in your handbook.

2017-09-02 - What does the 'G' mean? ie- BT023 G

The G is the OE marking.

2018-04-27 - Hello, For the Bridgestone Battlax BT 023 GT, dim: 180/55 R17, on a Thunderace, what would be the maximum lean angle possible before losing grip? Where can I find this and others information for this tire?

Unfortunately I do not have access to this information, I would suggest speaking directly to Yamaha for maximum lean angles.

2020-06-14 - How much traction does it have? Is it a good tire to use to wheelie?

The Bridgestone Battlax BT 023 will certainly provide enough grip to wheelie!

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Top 3 Bridgestone Battlax BT 023 Reviews

Given 93% while driving a Kawasaki ZZR1200 (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 5,000 average miles
Front wears quicker on ZZR1200> front wear is my indicator for changing tires

Using on a Kawasaki ZZR1200, Isle of Man (not the best roads- many negative camber bends), climate is cool and rarely above 20degrees (real feel). Bike originally fitted with BT020 which wore rather quickly, replaced with BT021 (better wear) and now have a few thousand miles wear on BT023, front and rear wear is significantly better than both predecessors (BT020 and BT021). I have had my tires tampered with and have lost air out of both, did not notice immediately(both almost flat) but yes could ride these at high speed almost flat (in cool climate) without any noticeable damage. I recall a cold day in winter (pressures good (around 40/ 41 - both) bike hit a gentle double wheel slide mid bend and both tires caught the bike at the same time meaning no crash, have had a double wheel slide on BT016 also in wet on lean and again was able to pick it up. Never had the BT023 step out of line, I don't ride on the edge, do ride straight line fast but do ride with cold conditions.. Bridgestones have never let me down- wear is better that Conti Road attacks (seem softer). this never has a problem throwing the torque down, they stop well, neutral cornering for predicatble riding.. have considered pilot road 3 as alternative but prefer considering BT023 GT next (extra centre belt on rear) to see how they perform before moving brands. safe riding!
Helpful 64 - tire reviewed on April 28, 2013
Given 90% while driving a Yamaha MT09 (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 4,000 spirited miles
Got them on my MT-09 and i love the tires and i would definitely buy them over the Michelin Road 5 as for me they seem much better than the Michelin Road 5.
Helpful 53 - tire reviewed on July 30, 2019
Given 93% while driving a Suzuki Gladius SFV650 (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 9,000 average miles
I purchased these tires to replace the nasty factory rubber that came with my bike and they are a treat. Loads of grip for my use (commuting, country roads and motorway miles), loads of life as I bought a pair of these tires together 21 months ago, the front is about 75% worn and the rear has just touched the TDIs. Just about to purchase a new rear as we speak as they offer exceptional milage and the wet weather grip out lasts my ability and confidence.
Helpful 38 - tire reviewed on October 8, 2017
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Given 96% while driving a (180/55 R17) on for 0 miles
Have clocked12500km on the K1300GT in 14 months, great wear,(front and rear) can go to the edge either side with confidence. I don’t run the bike with panniers only a top box n roll bag if over nighting. Have done both winter and summer seasons, replaced with 190/50zr/17, won’t know the difference for a while but so far the 190 has not changed the bike, still rolls into the bends
Helpful 9 - tire reviewed on September 14, 2021
Given 96% while driving a (180/55 R17) on for 0 miles
Have clocked12500km on the K1300GT in 14 months, great wear,(front and rear) can go to the edge either side with confidence. I don’t run the bike with panniers only a top box n roll bag if over nighting. Have done both winter and summer seasons, replaced with 190/50zr/17, won’t know the difference for a while but so far the 190 has not changed the bike, still rolls into the bends
Helpful 8 - tire reviewed on September 11, 2021
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Given 97% while driving a Honda CB600FA Hornet (180/55 R17 W) on mostly town for 500 average miles
Upgraded the factory BT 016 with these BT 023 tires on my 2010 Hornet and I have been blown by the improvement and great feedback. Indeed some amazing choice.
Helpful 30 - tire reviewed on January 16, 2019
Given 87% while driving a Kawasaki ZZR1400 (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 2,000 spirited miles
I'm definitely not one for straight lining and enjoy putting my bike through it's paces. I've heard of higher mileage than my 2,500, but can't fathom how or why. Maybe it's just me, but for a big,heavy bike with huge amounts of power on tap. I think anywhere around 3,000 miles from a rear tire is good going, much more than that and you're not doing it right. They came on the bike, I replaced them with the same and will be going there again. Tried and tested.
Helpful 17 - tire reviewed on May 16, 2018
Given 90% while driving a (180/55 R17 R) on mostly motorways for 0 average miles
Had various tires on my FJR1300. I ride 12 months a year and clock up 2K a month average! People stick with what they like. For me, these are great tires for a sport tourer. They give grip in the dry and in the wet they have never let me down (I take it steady in the wet!!) I can feel the road and flicking up and down at roundabouts is no problem. They feel good on motorways and A/B roads. The mileage is fantastic giving me 7500+ out of a back tire with plenty of straight line miles. You can of course have fun with them on normal roads also. I have tried plenty of other brands but these keep their shape for longer-give great mileage and I trust them. I would recommend them to other sport tourer riders
Helpful 15 - tire reviewed on April 3, 2017
Given 69% while driving a Honda CB600F FA ABS (225/45 R17) on mostly town for 18,000 spirited miles
I have one of these fitted to the rear of my Honda CB600 F8 Hornet since late summer, after high recommendation from my local garage (did they know i'd be back?).

I ride all year-round and already (November) find it to slip and slide in wet and cold weather conditions without too much persuasion (not the most confidence inspiring).

Having said that it's decent in the dry, leans very well, feels very smooth.

I previously had a Pilot Road 3 fitted which I now want back ideally before it gets much colder. It didn't have any of the above issues (ridden through minus temps), fantastic tires without drawback.
Helpful 11 - tire reviewed on November 22, 2016
Given 61% while driving a Suzuki Gsx650FK8 (160/60 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 15,000 average miles
I will never buy again these tires, brodgestone battlax bt023, when i have bought my motorcycle it came with battlax bt021, no grip on these tires, than i have changed to dunlop roadsmart sportmax, awesome tires, makes my gsx650fk8 awesome, very good handling and a lot of grip on the edges and on wet asphalt. But on battlax bt023 you have no grip on dry asphalt on asphalt painnt, and when it's raining you have no grip at all, just rev my motorcycle in 2nd speed at 7000 rpm and back wheel starts spining, with dunlop i should rev it to 10-11000 rev to spin my back tire. I will never buy bridgestone tires, dunlop and michelin are kings of the roads.
Helpful 21 - tire reviewed on June 16, 2016
Given 47% while driving a Honda VFR 800 (180/55 R17 W) on mostly motorways for 4,000 spirited miles
New pair came fitted to my VFR800 and I was disappointed almost all round. Dry grip was good but I'm not the knee down sort of guy! I do lots of upright motorway/A road stuff and rear tire squared in a instant. I ride 365 days a year and pride myself on wet riding skills (you get a lot it practice in England) but these let me down big time. I have lots of wheel spin when on the power and they are quite vague and uninspiring.
Helpful 21 - tire reviewed on December 13, 2015
Given 89% while driving a Suzuki SV650S (160/60 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 13,000 average miles
I had these fitted on My SV650S and they were great. Very good in the wet with a lot of confidence in even torrential downpours. Good in the dry but not a sports tire though they did give lots of feedback before they would slide. Good warm up times even on very cold days and even in the wet. Easy enough dry grip for knee down antics and a good neutral turn in that was nice and progressive. I will fit these as a good all purpose tire to my blade ready for the winter knowing that they will last till the next summer.
Helpful 6 - tire reviewed on May 1, 2015
Given 77% while driving a Suzuki GSF 650 S (160/60 R17 W) on mostly country roads for 4,500 average miles
I'm really satisfied with the bT 023, but with only 7000 km (around 4500 miles)they show an inusual transversal "steps" in the sides of the tire. I must say the bike is always heavily charged, so maybe that's why this happens. Having this unusual thing makes me lose confidence, and I expect tires to last around 12000 km (around 7500 miles), the previous ones (BT 021) lasted 11000 (7000 miles).
Helpful 3 - tire reviewed on March 25, 2014
Given 97% while driving a Suzuki GSF 650N (160/60 R17 W) on mostly country roads for 7,000 average miles
Fantastic tires!!!! Have about 2000 left on second set and will be definitely buying another set of these. Fantastic tire all year round. Covered about 8500 miles (over 7000 legal tread :)) Have done every condition you can imagine... dry, wet, hot, cold, sleet, snow, even ice.... never ever let me down. Can only recommend.
Helpful 6 - tire reviewed on January 29, 2014
Given 90% while driving a Yamaha FZ6 (180/55 R17) on mostly country roads for 4,500 spirited miles
What a fantastic tire! I put these tires on my Yamaha FZ6 in at the beginning of March and they have now covered 4,000 miles. I have recently returned from a 2,500 mile road trip around France, and I'm pleased to report the tires never missed a beat! We rode through conditions ranging from torrential rain through to glorious sunshine, which included mile after mile of motorway riding, as well as some great fun on the pyrenees twisties! The bike was fully loaded with 2x 40L panniers, a 48L top box and tank bag, and still the tires gripped whilst being thrown around the mountain roads with no hesitation at all.

Before going a friend warned that I should change the tires (having only covered 2,000 miles at this point) as they will be 'shredded' by the time I return. He couldn't have been more wrong! The tires still have loads of life left, and despite the amount of motorway miles we covered, only have a mild flat spot.

Bridgestone have recently released the T30, meaning there may be some great deals to be had should you choose BT023's as your next tire(s). I certainly know that the BT023's will be my tire of choice when the change is due!

Hope this helps.

Helpful 4 - tire reviewed on June 29, 2013