More: 2007 Powersports Dealer Expo
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February 17, 2007 (Indianapolis,
Indiana) - Bridgestone introduced three new
motorcycle tires today at the 2007 Powersports Dealer
Expo. The Bridgestone Battlax BT-021 Sport-Touring
Radial, the Bridgestone Battlax BT-002 RS Supersport
Radial and the BattleWing BW-501 (Front) and BW-502
(Rear) Adventure Sport tires. (Photos by
webBikeWorld.com; Text courtesy Bridgestone)
The Battlax BT-021
Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire is proud
to introduce the Bridgestone Battlax BT-021, a unique,
technologically advanced hybrid that combines all the
benefits of a sport tire with the luxury of the finest
Bridgestone BT-21 Front (L) and BT-21 Rear (R).
This revolutionary new tire performs
masterfully for sport and sport-touring riders alike.
Developed to provide the best of both worlds under
average high speeds, the BT-021 provides solid feedback,
road contact, linear handling and stability in all road
conditions. Add to this the bonus of reduced rider
fatigue with improved shock absorption and long mileage,
and the BT-021 becomes the tire of choice for both
highways and winding roads.
The front tires feature a unique layer
of High Tensile Super Penetrated Cord (HTSPC) for an
appropriate level of stiffness for shock absorption,
linear handling and stability. HTSPC allows
flexibility, reduces heat generation and provides
stability without reducing shock absorption for overall
performance under various road conditions.
The rear tires feature a newly developed
Outside Bead Filler (OBF) in a proportion that provides
just the right amount of stiffness for high shock
absorption and stability for either high speed cruising
or sport riding on winding roads.
The rear tires also feature Dual Tread
Compound (DTC) for improved center mileage and shoulder
grip, while the underlying layer, cap & base technology,
enhances tread stiffness for better grip, shock
absorption and all-weather performance.
Bridgestone BT-21 Rear Motorcycle Tire.
Bob Graham, Manager of Motorcycle and
Kart Products, Bridgestone Firestone North American
Tire, said, “There’s a growing trend for riders to own
both a sport bike and a sport-touring bike, or to use
their bike in multiple roles. This tire fits the
bill for anyone who wants the flexibility to be
aggressive or simply enjoy a long cruise.”
The Battlax BT-021, now available at
dealers nationwide, is available in a wide range of
popular sizes including:
Bridgestone Battlax BT-002 Racing
Bridgestone also announced today a Z-Rated
Ultra-high Performance radial, designed for street and
Bridgestone Firestone North American
Tires is pleased to introduce the new Bridgestone
Battlax BT-002 Racing Street, an aggressive Z-speed
rated sport tire that performs equally well for
aggressive sport riding or track-days. On or off
the track, the BT-002 RS demonstrates a balance of
stability, cornering, handling, grip, anti-shimmy and
shock absorption needed to perform at maximum potential.
Developed from technology gleaned from
years of successful MotoGP testing and race
participation, the BT-002 RS offers exceptional
front-end contact feel and cornering performance.
Designed by Bridgestone Corporation to be the ultimate
sport bike tire, the front tire was developed with Dual
Tread Construction (DTC) – with a medium center compound
and soft shoulder compound to ensure high grip, light
steering and impressive feedback.
Utilizing Bridgestone’s proprietary
construction, compounds and patterns, including a newly
designed fine cord breaker underneath a mono-spiral
belt, the front tire ensures flexibility without
sacrificing stability. The rear BT-002 is
specifically designed to gain traction.
Designed much like the front tire, the
rear tire is also manufactured with a High Tensile Super
Penetrated Cord (HTSPC) mono-spiral belt. In addition,
the silica rich compound enhances high grip in all
conditions and low temperatures, ensuring excellent
handling from the moment the motorcycle starts off.
“This introduction has been one of the
more exciting developments since our continued
experience in MotoGP is now having a direct impact on
tires at the dealership level. I n just a few short
years, we’ve accomplished great strides in this highly
competitive arena. Our participation is paying off
with tires that can handle the most aggressive
conditions,” said Bob Graham, Manager of Motorcycle and
Kart Products for Bridgestone.
The Battlax BT-002 Racing Street is now
available in four popular sizes 120/70ZR17, 180/55ZR17,
190/50ZR17 and 190/55ZR17 and is currently at dealers
Bridgestone BW-501 and BW-502
Bridgestone took the opportunity to also formally
introduce the Bridgestone BattleWing for Adventure
Touring bikes like the BMW GS and older Triumph Tiger.
The BattleWing has been available for several months.
Bridgestone BW-501 Front (L) and BW-502 Rear (R).
The BW501 (Front) and BW502 (Rear) is a
V-rated radial tire designed for Adventure Sport bike
applications. It features a high-grip compound and
a new profile to enhance handling and contact feel.
Bridgestone claims that the
Silica-enriched compound in the BW-502 rear offers
exceptional level of grip on both wet & dry surfaces.
The mono-spiral belt construction on the BW-502 also is
claimed to offer high speed stability and excellent
shock absorption and the tread pattern design minimizes
The BW501/BW502 combination is designed
for 90% on-road and 10% off-road use. The BW-501
front tire is available in a single size, 110/80R19M/C
(TL - 59V). The BW-502 rear tire is also available
in a single size, 150/70R17 (TL - 69V).
BattleWing BW-502 Rear Tire.
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