Bridgestone a Strong Performer in Magazine Motorcycle Tyre Tests
2008 ended on a high note for Bridgestone UK, with the company’s products fairing well in recent tests performed by RiDE and Bike magazines, which put a range of motorcycle tyres through their paces.
RiDE magazine’s RiDER Power survey, the largest consumer survey of riders on all aspects of motorcycling, from top dealers to the bikes themselves, assessed the tyres on a range of criteria from grip to longevity. Bridgestone reports its tyre came top in several categories, including tyre life and wet and dry grip. Bridgestone’s Trial Wings and Battle Wings tyres dominated the top ten in the tyre life category, scooping the top spots in the front and rear categories respectively, with the BT-045 and BT-057 also making the top twenty. The BT-090 topped the tables for dry grip and a number of other tyres in the range also rated highly in the wet and dry grip categories.
In a second success, Bridgestone’s BT-020/21 also won Bike magazine’s regular ‘tyre test’ for Adventure Sports Bikes, gaining the maximum five stars offered by the evaluation. For the test, Bridgestone recommended a BT-020/BT-021 front and rear combination, which were scored highly for feel, stability, comfort and warm-up.
“Bridgestone is always looking for feedback on its products and to have such a positive outcome in these tests was excellent, particularly as the RiDE rankings were influenced by riders themselves,” said Gary Hartshorne, motorcycle sales and technical at Bridgestone UK. “The Adventure Sports market is the largest growing market in the UK and the RiDER Power results along, with the Bike magazine win, puts us in a very strong position for all types of product, whether that be a dual purpose tyre, Trail Wings, an off road looking tyre with little off road performance, Battle Wings, or indeed pure road tyres with the BT-020 and BT-021. However we are also constantly developing our products and will be looking to build on this success in 2009.”