Bridgestone introduces Battlax Sport Touring T30
On 1 March Bridgestone will launch its latest sport touring range in Europe. The Battlax Sport Touring T30 radial will be marketed in ten front and 13 rear sizes. The Japanese manufacturer says the Battlax Sport Touring T30 is a “premium brand steeped in technology refined through the company's development of MotoGP race tyres” and is intended for use on medium to large motorcycles.
Commenting on the new tyre’s impending release, Gary Hartshorne, product manager (motorcycle) for Bridgestone Europe’s North Region, told Tyres & Accessories that the T30 will replace the best-selling BT-023 as the flagship product in the Bridgestone sport touring arena. “Packed full of the latest lessons learned from MotoGP the T30 is set to continue Bridgestone’s dominance in this sector. As with the BT-023, there will be a GT spec for certain types of heavier touring machines. They will also be available for the Adventure Sports bikes too.” Hartshorne added that BT-023 will continue in the line-up though as a second line product which will be further supported by the BT-021 as third line.
Bridgestone says the Battlax Sport Touring T30 is “designed for smooth handling and rider enjoyment” and features new patterns and, for front wheel fitments, a new compound. The T30, it adds, is “designed for optimum road ‘hugging’ properties and rigidity, together with enhanced lightness, ‘line’ tracing, dry grip and other handling characteristics.”
The new front tyre compound is said to draw on Bridgestone’s MotoGP experience, which led the tyre maker to the development of RC polymers in motorcycle tyre use. The new compound builds on Bridgestone’s ‘NanoProTech’ technology, which is intended to provide improved grip and performance in actual use temperature applications. NanoProtech, an exclusive Bridgestone technology, is the collective name for the technology of working through molecular structure design and other means to exercise control over the fine structure of materials and generate required properties.