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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-10-2019, 04:23 AM Thread Starter
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ok going to try the bridgestone bt-45 rear on the front again. tried this 2 years ago and installed it with the rotation opposite of the direction arrow. liked the tire but it started to give a very lite vibration in the handle bar made my hands tingle and then around 8k it started to do the cup thing. this time i will mount it the direction of the arrow and see what happens. i'm hoping to get between 10-15 k on it. would like to use this tire for my trip to alaska next june most all the other tires i have tried on the front last 8-9k before they start to cup have no worries on the rear i run a yokahoma run flat i may trade that in for a little more aggressive winter run flat tire i have one picked out but cant remember the name at the moment. who else has run a bt45 rear on the front

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I haven't, wouldn't buy a Bridgestone tire for a wheelbarrow. From what I know on the subject it is going to have a buzz vibration at a certain speed, I ran several Michelin pilot activs and they did at 30 mph, and either one is going to cup no matter which direction you run it. I have been using the Avon AM21 roadrider (rear tire backwards) for several years now, it doesn't vibrate or cup but doesn't last as long either.

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[QUOTE=DaveO430;5814349 I have been using the Avon AM21 roadrider (rear tire backwards) for several years now, it doesn't vibrate or cup but doesn't last as long either.[/QUOTE]




I installed the Avon AM21 Roadrider on DaveO430's recommendation.


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I run the BT-45 on the front just as you do and experienced the exact same condition as you did when it was mounted backwards... So I run it in the normal direction now...

I average 17-20K on the BT-45 as do most others so you should be well satisfied with the mileage aspect of that tire...
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Yup, another happy BT-54 guy here, and I just love the tire. I have over 14,000 miles on it and it is nowhere near the wear bars yet. I keep the tire about 41 psi and have no signs of cupping either. Set for forward rotation and no buzz. I put about 2oz dynabeads when new and this tire has never let me down even in the wettest conditions. Goes through the water like nobody's business. Can you tell, I'm lovin' me some darkside?
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so you mounted it as the rotation on the tire shows?

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It's not a BT-45, but I got 15,700 miles out of the OE Bridgestone Exedra G709 on the front of my 2013 GL1800 before replacing it with another one. No cupping on the original, just not much tread left!

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I had a the BT45 on my (1500) front & mounted in the correct direction. I got 21k & the only reason I replaced it was it started to get small cracks in the tread. It did start to cup at around 16-18k but not bad. It had 2oz dynabeads I ran it at 42PSI. It was nowhere near the wear bars. I'm not an aggressive rider.
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so you mounted it as the rotation on the tire shows?

Only a couple weeks late with the answer, but yes, direction of the arrow.
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Just from my own experience, there are MUCH better tires out there for most motorcycles than Bridgestone offers. One other sure indicator is that so many Japanese makers equip their motorcycles with them and that is solely a financial decision (taking into consideration the big name reputation). You'll almost never get a top of the line tire on a new bike. Not necessarily to be confused with a top Name-Brand, which may reflect market share rather than quality/performance.

But, then again, the BT45 may be exactly what will make YOU happiest on YOUR bike.

We run Bridgestone Ecopia's on the wife's car and they have been excellent. At 175k miles we've replaced the tires several times and I believe these may be the one's I'm the most satisfied with.

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