“I started from the bottom, now I’m here… with a motorcycle that has matching tires.”
These were the animated words of Blake Graham, a local motorcyclist, after he finally matched his front Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S21 tire with a rear Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S21 tire. “It’s wild, the tread actually looks the same on both tires!” said Blake. “I can now say I’ve joined the likes of FortNine’s production team, ChaseOnTwoWheels’ Video Car, Guy Martin’s hair, and 44Teeth’s alcoholism at the top of the motorcycling world.”
It has been a long time coming for Blake who originally purchased his motorcycle used with two different tires on it. Since then, here’s the timeline of his tire purchases. New Rear Tire #1: Purchased the same rear tire because the ‘previous owner probably knew what was best.’ New Rear Tire #2: After Googling “How to do a burnout,” Blake purchased whatever rear tire his riding group had.
New Rear Tire #3: Now with a handful of months of experience, Blake purchased track-day tire because his skills on the street were ‘too much’ for the average sport-touring tire. New Front Tire #1: After blowing his entire budget on the track-focused Pirelli rear tire, Blake purchased a used Kenda front tire from his buddy.
New Rear Tire #4: Pirelli Supercorsa lasted 420.69 miles… purchases another one because of ‘performance, brah.’
New Rear Tire #5: Nail in the tire after 3 miles, gets an old Dunlop Q3+ because one forum somewhere said it was totally better than the Q4 and Q5.
New Rear Tire #6: After finally realizing tires are not the reason he sucks at riding, Blake decided to finally move to a sport touring tire that will last.
New Front Tire #2: Blake completes the journey by purchasing a matching sports-touring front tire
“It has been a long road, and I just want to thank my parents, my girlfriend, and the dealership that overcharges to use their little tire machine.”