Hated the stock Bridgestone except for the low noise levels from the front tire. Rain performance was scary to me.
Thanks for this reminder. I’ve not ridden mine in the rain yet, and had forgotten poor rain performance was why I didn’t like the stock Battlax that came on my Yamaha Star Warrior. I wound up going with Avon Storms, and found a tire which was slightly better in the dry, much better in the wet, and cheaper. Your post was a reminder to me to make these tires earn trust in the rain, and be very deliberate and slow with inputs.
So far, I’m happy with the stockers, but was conditioned from posts here to think they’d be pretty poor, and of course, have no frame of reference with other brands on this bike. Very smooth, low noise, and certainly acceptable handling and dry grip, but of course, they’re still pretty new, and who wouldn’t like something even better, if it’s out there?
Consensus for the forum for sporty riders is the Dunlops, and I may go that route, but I hold product grudges, and my wife and I had a very bad Dunlop auto experience once. That said, I know we’ve at least had one set of motorcycle Dunlops, on an FZ6, and they were perfectly fine.
I may be a guinea pig for the new Conti GTs if no one else has tried them by the time I need both front and rear replaced at the same time, which will be at the first rear change, regardless, if I hate these Bridgestones in the rain.