Okay, a mini-review from me after putting about 1000kms on these tyres in the last 2 days. In summary, excellent hypersport road tyres but not completely without their niggles. First up, there are apparently two versions of these. There are some OEM compounds fitted to various new release bikes as stock, and these are NOT the same tyres as the aftermarket BT016's. By all reports the OEM BT016's are pretty average tyres without the 5-zone compound rear, and apparently have not impressed many people. The aftermarket tyres are the real deal though. First up. Price. I paid $595 to have my set fitted, which to me is an utterly obscene amount of money for a set of tyres. Especially so when our friends in the USA are paying $320 (Aussie) equivalent to have a set fitted. Bridgestone apparently put their prices up in the last two weeks, and I was one of the first customers to get slugged with the new pricing. A set of BT016's could be had for around $500 a month ago. Straight line stability is excellent. Stability under heavy braking is also equally good. They feel like they have a sidewall of medium stiffness (stiffer than Michelins, less stiff than Pirelli's) and do a correspondingly good job of dealing with bumps when braking. Their profile is fairly round and initial tip-in for corners is easy and yet a touch slow. The bike doesn't drop on its side as quickly as with some other tyres, and direction change requires a good push and some planning to give the bike time to flip from one side to the other. Overall though, very neutral with their steering, with no noticable tendency to want to be somewhere else than the current lean angle you're on. I did sense a bit of resistance at very high lean angles to bring them to that point, but once there they were happy. I guess that just ties into their rounded profile and stability thereof. Happy to be where you put them, just take a bit of effort and time to get them there. Bump deflection behavior was very good. Mid-corner bump handling didn't threaten anything untoward. Could likely remove the steering damper and not ever get into trouble. Niggles: Turning in under trail braking has a tendency to push the front wider than with the Rosso's. This was something that I fought with constantly to the point that I had to alter my cornering style into more of the classic brake-release-turn sequence (rather than my more usual brake-turn-release sequence). With the Rosso's I could brake deep into a corner with confidence and trust that the bike would go exactly where I wanted. With the BT016's I found that I had to make my corner entry more shallow to give some room for the bike to drift wider a bit under brakes. It wasn't ideal and in the end I just did my best to avoid the practise entirely. Traction-wise I had no complaints at all. I was riding on unfamiliar roads though so I wasn't pushing as hard as I can do, but still, pretty hard, and noticed not one single unwanted movement out of the tyres (aside from the aforementioned trail-braking behavior). Visually, while sitting down at lunch and looking at the rear tyre, the different compound bands were quite plainly visible as slightly different coloured banding across the face of the tyre. After 120kms of some pretty hard riding on one of the best roads in Victoria, the rear tyre was visibly starting to shred a bit on the medium compound bands, almost like I'd been at a track day. Somewhat odd for me as I was running 37psi in the rear, so shredding shouldn't have been an issue on the road. I'll have to see how long these tyres last me, but unless they can last me 6000kms, they won't have justified themselves price-performance-distance wise against the Pirelli Diablo Rosso's. I get the feeling that the BT016's would make a slighter better track-day tyre in the same way that the Rosso's make for being slightly better road tyres. Overall though, really excellent tyres in terms of road handling, stability, traction, warm-up and warm performance. The two clinchers for me though, and mind you this is a personal preference thing, is trail-braking behavior and price-point. I could live with the trail-braking behavior and possibly learn to be more aggressive with the tyres to make them behave as I like, or it may be a tyre pressure issue. At their current price, I'm basically prepared to make a stand and say that I refuse to continue to buys sets of tyres at ~$600 when they are being sold at near half that in other countries, and the competitions tyres are just as good (if not better) for 25% less in our own country.