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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-16-2016, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Bridgestone T30 Evo

I am looking at replacing the tyres on my Brutale 750s since the rear is looking a bit squared off.

Currently the bike has Maxxis Supermax sports fitted, which for all the miles I've done seem to be pretty good. But I have a long trip to Isle of Man coming up at the end of August and use the bike for commuting so I am looking for something with a longer life span. To that end I have been looking at the t30 Evo. I have 2 questions.

1) Who has used them and what did you think?
2) The manual says the Brutale takes 120/65 17 on the front, but the t30 evo seems to only come in 120/60 or 120/70. If I am putting 190/50 on the rear what size front is the best bet?
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What have you got on the front at the moment ? Try and fit a tyre which will give you similar height characteristics as your current tyre, otherwise you might not like the change in steering feel mate.

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Ok, so I just double checked and the current set up is 120/70 and 180/55. So I guess that answers the question about what to pick for the front. I'm I right to think moving to 190/50 on the rear would slow down the steering?


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Depending on the tire carcass, it probably would slow steering as the 190/50 would be shorter by a small margin when compared to a similar 180/55.

Now one also has to consider rim width and the effects of squeezing a 190 onto a rim where a 180 was...

It may just be a neutral effect...with more rubber for grip when leaned over.

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I don't want to slow the steering down so I think I'll just stick with whats on it at the moment. I am too inexperienced to be experimenting with my tyres just now. I need to be getting the suspension tuned in to my weight first.
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The Brutale S came as standard with a 190/50 rear tyre, so you'd be better with that size in my opinion. The bike also had a 120/65 front as standard, but a lot of people have fitted the 70 profile without any adverse affects.
As for the T30 tyres, Ron Haslam uses them on all his track school bikes, so they won't be shabby!!

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I have read/see that the t30 evo is well respected. One of the MCN guys speaks highly of them also.
I don't know a lot about tyre size and how it all works, I know what the numbers mean but thats about it. Is there a lot of difference between 180/55 and 190/50, other than 4mm in height? or does it get bigger once its on the rim.?
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Sizes are for installed and inflated tires.

The only time things change is when a tire is mounted on a rim that is wider or narrower than design.

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I see, well I guess I should just go with the sizes that are on at the moment, maybe play about with something different next time round.

While looking for deals on T30s I have come across the Metzeler M7RR, I appreciate that they are not a sport/touring tyre like the T30, but would it be a better option? All I am looking for is something that sticks well in Scottish conditions and will give decent mileage. I can get a set of T30's for 211 or a set of M7RR for 202 so the saving isn't much.
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Ive got T30 on a couple of my bikes. Can't advise as to longevity, but grip is outstanding for a touring tyre. Rear is a dual compound, front is a single. I'd go all out sports tyre on a brutale, but thats your choice not mine. The bridgestones are great and this from a pirelli man.
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