Bridgestone Rides Out Tires For American V-twin Cruisers

Bridgestone is bringing its long history of developing high-performance motorcycle tires to the iconic American V-twin with a new product, the Battlecruise H50.

The Battlecruise H50 tire, the first of its kind from Bridgestone, expands the company's motorcycle tire portfolio with a performance tire offering that is specially designed for large displacement, cruiser-style bikes which account for 50 percent of motorcycles on U.S. roadways.

Bridgestone has a long history of developing high-performance motorcycle tires, and it has applied that expertise to the new Bridgestone Battlecruise H50 tire, promising to deliver the performance and attributes that meet the needs of riders of American cruisers. Engineered using the company's proprietary optimization process and indoor testing facility, ULTIMAT EYE, the Battlecruise H50 tire was designed to provide:

  • Superb handling with reduced steering effort: The Battlecruise H50 tire offers a large contact patch and uniform contact pressure, creating high cornering force and resulting in less steering effort and light linear handling.
  • Strong wet and dry traction: Proven best-in-class tread pattern features central grooves that run circumferentially around the tire to evacuate water and provide enhanced grip, similar to the class-leading Bridgestone EXEDRA MAX metric cruiser touring tire.
  • Long tread wear: Optimized profiles coupled with newly developed compounds and constructions provide long wear life and lower handlebar vibration to reduce rider fatigue.

"We've extended our influence into one of the most important motorcycle segments in America, and we're excited to bring our deep industry expertise and Bridgestone-brand motorcycle tires to this group," said Kevin Hunley, senior manager, motorcycle and kart products, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. "Riders of today's cruisers look for a tire that can provide exceptional grip and longer treadwear while enhancing their riding experience. We've accomplished that with the Battlecruise H50 motorcycle tire as it brings ultimate performance, ride comfort and traction in all conditions."

Additionally the press release notes, the Battlecruise H50 is the only Bridgestone brand motorcycle tire that offers the peace of mind of a road hazard warranty that covers eligible tires that may become damaged or unusable from a puncture, impact, bruise, cut or snag.

The warranty comes with an asterisk, so riders may want to read the fine print if it’s a deciding factor in the purchase.

Before bikers rush down to their local dealership or favorite tire place, the Bridgestone Battlecruise H50 motorcycle tire will be available in eight sizes for select American V-twin cruiser models as of January 2017. Here are the sizes that will be initially available;

Front

  • 130/90B16 M/C 73H TL
  • 100/90B19 M/C 57H TL
  • 130/90B16 M/C 67H TL
  • 80/90-21 M/C 54H TL

Rear

  • 150/80B16 M/C 77H TL
  • 140/90B16 M/C 77H TL
  • 130/90B16 M/C 73H TL
  • 160/70B17 M/C 73V TL

No prices have been announced yet and if readers don’t see their size above, 14 additional sizes for touring-oriented models will be available in early 2018.

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