Bridgestone Europe is setting a new category benchmark in the motorcycle’s sport touring category with launch of the new Battlax Sport Touring T32 tire.
The T32, alongside the dedicated T32GT line-up for middleweight and heavy motorcycles, brings together everything the sport touring category needs in terms of performance, confidence and contact feel in all weather conditions.
Next-generation wet weather performance
One of the Battlax Sport Touring T32’s standout benefits is its improved overall wet performance versus its predecessor, the Battlax Sport Touring T31. This is thanks to several new and innovative features in the tire’s design and compound technology.
The tire applies Bridgestone’s state of the art Pulse Groove Pattern Technology, which combines pulse-shaped grooves with small centre deflectors to equalise waterflow in comparison with a straight groove and optimise the waterflow’s speed. This in turn helps improve water channelling and drainage across the tire, which enhances grip and adhesion and reduces the tire’s slip ratio in wet and difficult conditions.
The impact of Bridgestone’s Pulse Groove Pattern Technology on the Battlax Sport Touring T32’s wet weather performance is complemented by enhancements in the tire’s pattern design from its predecessor. Increased groove ratios, combined with optimised groove angles, groove positioning and pattern stiffness, plus a 13 per cent contact patch increase rear, deliver an increased overall contact area and connection to the road – with improved neutral and linear handling behaviour – that enhances overall performance in the wet.
The Battlax Sport Touring T32’s wet weather accolades unite to give the tire a wet braking performance that is 7 per cent shorter than its predecessor, with no sacrifice on wear life.
A fully dedicated GT line-up
For middleweight and heavy touring motorcycles, Bridgestone has developed a fully dedicated Battlax Sport Touring T32GT tire, with technical features and a pattern design in line with the requirements for this very specific motorcycle category.
The GT version also incorporates Bridgestone’s state of the art Pulse Groove Pattern Technology, alongside an optimised groove positioning and construction for the optimal pattern stiffness required for middleweight and heavy motorcycles. These benefits, amongst other performance features, enable an improved wet performance and grip from the Battlax Sport Touring T31, plus a 10 per cent increase in wear life from the predecessor.
Commenting on this announcement was Nico Thuy, Head of Motorcycle at Bridgestone EMIA: “Battlax’s next-generation sport touring tires, the T32 and T32GT, are the result of technical expertise and technological applications that are at the forefront of tire development. By significantly enhancing the tire’s connection with the road from the T31, we have created a tire that delivers incredible performance even in poor conditions. We wanted to give riders more control and confidence in the wet and this tire delivers exactly that. It’s great also that we’re able to bring its benefits to more motorcyclists by expanding to GT.”