Bridgestone brings Battlax performance levels to the Adventure segment
Our friends at Bridgestone have extended its Battlax range of Race, Sports and Touring motorcycle tyres to the Adventure segment. First seen at the Intermot fair in Cologne, 1st to 5th October 2014, the new Battlax Adventure A40 expands the all-weather potential of trail radials for the great number of bikers who ride their adventure machines primarily for on-road touring.
By fusing the MotoGP heritage of the Battlax brand with the proven performance of Battle Wing tyres, Bridgestone say they have created an Adventure tyre that delivers enhanced traction and stability, particularly on wet surfaces, and greater durability.
They are aiming for greater pleasure and safety in all conditions.
The goal of Bridgestone engineers was to significantly improve Battle Wing’s dry and wet handling – without sacrificing its high-level stability and durability – giving adventure bikers greater pleasure and safety on all roads and in all conditions.
This has been achieved with Battlax Adventure A40, firstly by improving dry handling without loss of stability: a new front tyre profile produces a larger contact area at high lean angles for better cornering grip; larger tread blocks add stiffness for more cornering stability; and Bridgestone’s mono-spiral belt construction on the front tyre improves shock absorption, for greater rider comfort and less fatigue.
New groove design adds wet grip and cornering stability
Secondly, wet performance has been improved by the revised compound incorporating Bridgestone’s proprietary NanoPro-Tech technology which helps reduce heat generation caused by tyre deformation.
At the same time, Bridgestone has reengineered the A40 tread patterns to upgrade wet performance and stability. By redesigning the groove angles and layout on the front tread pattern, cornering stability has been enhanced. Wider grooves on front and rear improve water clearance and upgrade wet performance. The layout of the grooves on the rear tyre facilitate larger blocks, for added stiffness, which provides more stability during cornering.
‘’With the new Battlax Adventure A40, Bridgestone builds on Battle Wing’s stability and delivers higher levels of dry and wet performance ‘’ says Jake Rønsholt, Managing Director Consumer Business Unit, Bridgestone Europe.
Testing(1) confirms the significantly improved wet performance of Battlax Adventure A40 versus Battle Wing, with better slide control and grip, and shorting braking distances. Dry testing demonstrates high-level straight-line stability and steering ease, achieved without a reduction in wear life.
“Bridgestone has tested Battlax Adventure A40 on Europe’s great variety of road conditions and we are confident that riders will enjoy its sportier, yet safer performance on all roads and in all weather conditions” says Jake Rønsholt, Managing Director Consumer Business Unit, Bridgestone Europe.
(1) Test conditions: Bridgestone Proving Ground. Vehicle: Yamaha Super Tenere, Suzuki DL1000(Old), BMW R1200GS (OLD) and Friction test vehicle
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Bridgestone Europe (BSEU), with European headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, is a key regional subsidiary of Tokyo- based Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of tyres and other rubber products. Bridgestone Europe operates an R&D center, 8 plants and offices in more than 30 European countries, with over 13,000 employees. BSEU’s premium tyres are sold both within Europe and globally.