Bridgestone DriveGuard 195/55RV16 review

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  • Bridgestone DriveGuard 195/55RV16 review

    I plan to use this post for a long term review of the BridgeStone DriveGuard 195/55RV16 RFT on my wing. As I ride this in different conditions I will add reply's to this post.

    The tire was fairly cheap at $132 out the door. I bought mine at Discount Tire. They said they would match out the door pricing but as it turned out they were the cheapest.

    My initial impression was kinda boring as this tire has a typical CT tread pattern. But the initial measurement of 13/32 showed that there is alot of tread there. Mounting was a chore as that sidewall is very stiff. But we did get it on and the balance dot is very close. I reused the 3oz of Dyna Beads from the old tire. It did take more pressure to seat and as such I rode it home (3 miles) with 55lbs of pressure.

    After getting it home I set the pressure at 30lbs and I plan to keep it there for the life of the tire. As I have the OEM TPMS, the light come on solid when cold, takes about 10 minutes to start blinking, and about 30 to 40 minutes to turn off as the pressure rises due to heat. I do have the TPMS registered in reverse so the bike thinks the back tire is the front. And the tire is never very hot. I can touch it with a bare hand after riding for hours in 80+ weather.

    So far I have about 500 miles on it on a wide variety of roads from city streets, interstate and mountain twisties. I have crawled around parking lots and had it significantly above the $1 mark.

    With only 500 miles there is no measurable tread wear but the little nubbies are gone.
    All I can say is wow, its glass smooth, sticks exactly where you put it, and handles emergency stopping very very well (my shorts on the other hand ). Comparing it to the Potenza RE960, it takes alot less input when turning and likes the parking lot speeds better. It also handling hard fast corners better (and I really like the RE960!) So far all my riding has been in good and fairly warm weather.

    Here are the two side by side.



    ...gene
    2012 GL1800 NAVI, GWRRA 367875
    Darkside #1511 - Bridgestone DriveGuard 195/55RV16 RFT

  • #2
    Nice write up - Will be watching for more -Thanks
    Whoever said money can’t buy happiness, never paid for a divorce


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    • #3
      Looks like it will grip well in the rain. Thanks for the nice report and look forward to more. Ride safe.

      Crabby Bob

      Retired and riding a Goldwing - Life is good!
      2001 Gl1800A - Illusion Red
      DS # 1258 - Double Darkside

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      • #4
        Yep, nice report. Look forward to more.
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        • #5
          I now have just over 1400 miles with a tad under 12/32 tread left. Got two pretty good rides in this week. One on Friday through the Rockies to Texas Creek and Biships Castle and back to the springs. And this weekend was the first opportunity to get some quality two-up riding through the Rockies.

          Everything works as expected. The ride was comfortable, stable, and fun. We had no issues with handling at any speed. I even met another darksider when we stopped for ice cream.

          At this point I am very happy with the tire. But really need to get out in a bit of weather (rain, cold, freezing) to see how it holds up.

          Now if it wears as I hope, I may stick with it for another round. Then again, there are so many tires to try
          ...gene
          2012 GL1800 NAVI, GWRRA 367875
          Darkside #1511 - Bridgestone DriveGuard 195/55RV16 RFT

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          • #6
            Are you riding 1 up at 30 lbs pressure? What would be good tp for 2 up & trailer -Mostly Slab use headed out west on the interstate from the EC?
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Westdc View Post
              Are you riding 1 up at 30 lbs pressure? What would be good tp for 2 up & trailer -Mostly Slab use headed out west on the interstate from the EC?
              I left it at 30 lbs but then my wifie only weighs 120. I don't have a trailer yet. I did stiffen the suspension from 5 to 9 and that seemed to make it more comfortable.
              ...gene
              2012 GL1800 NAVI, GWRRA 367875
              Darkside #1511 - Bridgestone DriveGuard 195/55RV16 RFT

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              • #8
                Be very interested to get your further input on this as I am about due for a new tire: My Mich Alpin has over25k so I am checking out alternatives.
                Life is all about decisions. I decided for Jesus Christ.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by genedjr View Post

                  I left it at 30 lbs but then my wifie only weighs 120. I don't have a trailer yet. I did stiffen the suspension from 5 to 9 and that seemed to make it more comfortable.
                  ...gene

                  Thanks for the input - I may run it at 36 ti start or higher-Thoughts?
                  Whoever said money can’t buy happiness, never paid for a divorce


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                  • #10
                    I will follow your review! The Bridgestone looks wider in the picture? Just my imagination?

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                    • #11
                      Nice write up I like the tire for the price. Bridgestone is a good brand and make a lot of MC tires. I have been running a Bridgestone Turanza RF have over 25,000 mile on it getting ready for new one will look at the drive guard.
                      2018 DCT non tour, Pearl Stallion Brown, Double Darksider #856, Live To Ride, Love my Wing, IBA Member# 63744 Yellowbird Alias Coppertone

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Westdc View Post
                        Thanks for the input - I may run it at 36 ti start or higher-Thoughts?
                        It depends on the loaded weight. I had the RE960 at 36lbs for most of its life and wore the center out long before the edges. But, try it at various pressures. With the wife, we are about 330 lbs.
                        ...gene
                        2012 GL1800 NAVI, GWRRA 367875
                        Darkside #1511 - Bridgestone DriveGuard 195/55RV16 RFT

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Rollin View Post
                          The Bridgestone looks wider in the picture? Just my imagination?
                          I think its just the picture. It seemed to fit up in the wheel well easier than the RE960.
                          ...gene
                          2012 GL1800 NAVI, GWRRA 367875
                          Darkside #1511 - Bridgestone DriveGuard 195/55RV16 RFT

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Westdc View Post


                            Thanks for the input - I may run it at 36 ti start or higher-Thoughts?
                            36lbs is to high if you are running a run flat as it will wear the center out

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                            • #15
                              Just put on a Driveguard on Friday the 13th out the door 129.00 from Costco. Running at 34 psi took a trip to Daytona about 475 miles round trip. Love the tire rides nice just need to find the right pressure. Replaced a Bridgestone Turanza RF got a little over 32,000 miles from that one so i decided to stick with Bridgestone ill keep a good eye on the pressures this time around.
                              2018 DCT non tour, Pearl Stallion Brown, Double Darksider #856, Live To Ride, Love my Wing, IBA Member# 63744 Yellowbird Alias Coppertone

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