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Your doing a fine job and I find it difficult to believe that you could get any dumber.

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Nando, the BT45 is a bias ply tire not a radial. Bridgestone doesn't make a radial in the 130-70-18 rear tire configuration. Call me ultra conservative or too conventional, but I'm a m/c tire guy and always will be. I've pushed my Wing very hard in the mountains including the cold and wet and the 709 has never given me any angst whatsoever. It doesn't squirm and it has never hydroplaned even in a deluge with standing water on the road surface. I do understand the desire to have more tread and why many go with the Battlax rear mounted up front, it just isn't for me.
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The center groove on the front tire helps keep it from hydroplaning in the rain. The side grooves help channel the water away from the center and for gripping in the curves. I would not want a tire any other way. This battlax BT-45 has been awesome for the first 8000 miles. No wobble, with superb handling. If you are not real keen on doing this, look at the new G709 max. It appears to be a heavier duty radial tire with deeper treds compared to the standard 709 tire, but not as beefy as the battlax. Just read some reviews on the battlax where one rider said he got 22,500 miles out of it.
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I got to thank you for the chuckles of you clowns cutting down each other and for the informative reports.

Is there anyone who is running a rear motorcycle tire with that BT45 in the front? I guess I am asking What motto tire on the rear works well with a BT45 on the front?

Geez, that BT45 sure sounds good...but I am a bit on Budoka's side on traditionalist ethics that would consider a bias ply an antiquated idea for a motto's front tire. I would suspect a radial is more appropriate design to handle the twists/turns of a front motto job.

...but then again, who would have thought that a car tire would work as well as it does?...certainly not the 'common sense' gang. If tire makers would just make a good winter car tire that is rounded a bit more at the edges, that would make the panacea of touring tires...at least for the rear tire.

...come to think of it, why can't tire manufacturers make the current front tire models with as thick as the BT45 so that we can get 22k out of a front tire? ah! $$$ there you have it.

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I'm running the bridgestone G704 on the rear with the battlax on the front. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a bias ply tire on a motorcycle. Actually, On some bikes, It is now the stock tire rather than a radial. It's more of a personal preference than anything else.
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Eddie,
I thought I heard you say that you have 8k on the BT (on those pics)...questions is: how does the 704 look after 8k compared to the BT? I would think that with the BT, now the syndrome would reverse: the front tire last longer than the rear. Do you see that happening with your combo.

And, how's the grip? Are you noticing any anomaly between the grip of the 704 and the BT? Do you ride aggressively? Are you a twisties hot-rodder like some of these guys around here?

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Nando, give me a call. 804-539-7811. Your questions are getting too long to answer. LOL. I will be happy to talk with you.

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