When I was looking for tires late last year to put on my bike for the coming summer I saw wonderful reviews for the Q2's, got a good deal on them, and liked them. However on July 4th, 2012 I ran over a nail :/ one week before my track day.
I was going to just order a new rear but decided on giving the new Bridgestones a go. I was looking for reviews between the two and noone was really able to compare the two side by side. That is why I have given this wonderful community my .02 on both of these wonderful tires. I put about 1,500 miles of street and pleasurably fast canyon rides up to Mt. St Helens, and other local great roads around western Washington state. For the time being I loved the Q2's but there was always something I noticed.
This winter I got ahold of Dunlop Q2's through Sportbiketrackgear.com
. Paid somewhere in the $220.00
range for them. Reviews are excellent on them however there are a few things that I did not like about them.
These things stick. They have that real nice soft gummy edges that you can really trust going through those high speed sweepers. However thats about it.
These things stick ONCE WARM
. Dont try taking a turn too fast until your tires are warm. They warm up fast but they dont stick when they're cold. The biggest problem I had with these tires are that I felt as if I couldnt tip my bike over from side to side as easy as I remember. I felt like I had to use my "hulk" like strength to tip it over from one side to another. In other words I wasnt able to toss my bike over like I felt like I used to. Big deal I thought, you know what maybe I lost some of my mojo from last season and Ill soon gain it back. For awhile I got used to it but it was still always in the back of my mind. I wasnt able to transition to opposite corners as easy as I wanted.
Bridgestone Battleax S20:
I picked these up from a local shop near my house for $250.00.
Not many reviews on these ones as it seems like everyone and their moms are all using Q2's. Ive heard great things about the BT-016's
, and these are suppose to be better.
That feel I lacked when I had the Q2's I gained back in these. I have not ridden these on the street as much as I had with the Q2's because I swapped these out and put 20 miles on them and then went to the track. But in those 20 miles I felt way more comfortable than I ever felt with the Q2's. The bike was much more easier to flop from side to side, and of course we always want to warm up our tires but it felt as if these ones didnt need to be warmed up. Its as if they literally heat up right when you sit on the bike. Im able to feel confident in the first turn I take rather than thinking in the back of my head if my tires are warmed up enough. But my biggest thing was the feel that these tires have to offer. Im no tire Guru but I felt far more comfortable in these ones than I ever felt with the Q2's. Im excited to take these on the streets and test them out where I used the Q2's daily.
This is after about 200 miles on these tires
As of now I do not have any. Ive gained that feel that I lost with the Q2's and these all around just make me feel far more comfortable on my bike than any other tire Ive ever ridden on.
Both tires are great. The price of the Q2's cannot be beat. However the feel I got from the Bridgestones are worth every penny more.
Now whoever was privlaged enough to read this amazing review is now privlaged enough to see some pictures of my track day at The Ridge Motorsports Park brought to us by, Optinum Performace Riders Training.