For the past year or more, I have run the Pirelli CorsaIII's - good all-round tyres, and ceretainly I never had any probs with the rears. But the front tyre to my mind lacked a bit of feel - something that is critcal for me to be confident enough to push the bike hard through corners. I then switched to a Pirelli Rosso up front with the CorsaIII down the back...did'nt notice alot of difference really...front grip was good enough, but again, I was'nt too sure about it when pushed... Neverthelss...both fronts, when they did start to slip at the extremes in cornering were forgiving and gave plenty of warning, and never just "let go", but rather, just went away gently. So it was controllable. Enter the Bridgestone BT-016... I went for a 190/55 on the rear as I wanted something that might give me sharper steering... In a nutshell...for my bike (07 Blade) and my style of riding (whatever that is), I have found the front tyre to be similar to the others in that when pushed, the loss of traction is gradual and forgiving, yet I am able to ride with more commitment before I reach that limit...AND (hooray)....I've descovered that "feel", that I've lacked and have been chasing for ages. wehoo! As for the rear...I have to work very hard to get it to break lose, and when it does, it's progressive with lots of feel - easy to ride through, and a cool feeling at 160 or so.. On a track day recently, I got quite bit more aggressive than I would have normally expected, and was able to fully explore my abilities, with the tyres hanging on with whatever I threw at them, apart from a bit of a front slide through Lukey heights at pretty decent speed. (btw - I'm no racer, but these are'nt track tyres either) All around PI, I was able to EXCEED my own riding limits, and KnoW that I had tyres that would get me there with reserve...I did NOT feel that with the Pirelli's. As I commute on the bike, most of the time (70k)...I was also interested to see if they showed any signs of "flattening off" in the centres...After approx 4K, there is no sign of it...so the harder compund centre-line really does work at reducing wear, while the sides are grippy enough for some decently hard riding. To summerize...I can only reflect on my own personal experience with the BT-016's, and I have to say that they are better than the pirelli's overall. Grippier at extremes, lasting well and holding their shape... More importantly....they have restored my confidence in grip when I'm riding with a bit of aggression because of the improved "feel" they provide. Price...about what you'd expect for a quality tyre - but I don't care, because "front grip is life". I'd recommend them. John.