Following the recent Bridgestone launch in Morocco, MCN’s Senior Tester Adam Child has had time to gather his thoughts and in this week’s issue he’s been sharing his thoughts on how they performed with readers.
The new Battlax Adventure A41 takes over where it’s venerable A40 predecessor left off, offering increased levels of wet weather grip and improved handling performance, with no sacrifice in Bridgestone’s famed high-speed stability and durability.
Adam tested the tyre using both a KTM 1090 Adventure R, Honda Africa Twin and BMW R1200GS.
In his review, he says:
“With an off-road biased front and long-travel suspension it’s always a challenge for a tyre to deliver feedback to the rider. That being said, Bridgestone have succeeded in creating both feel and grip and I was hugely impressed. There was sufficient feedback to really enjoy the KTM and I had similar results on the Africa Twin.
Later in the day, I grabbed the more conventional R1200GS and, again, the feedback impressive. There were no moments, no unexpected movement from front or rear and high-speed stability was good. Heavy braking was fine, too. Even on fast, long sweeping corners it was faultless.”
There was no opportunity to test the claimed improvement in wet grip, thanks to the intense Moroccan sunshine. Nor was there an opportunity to ride them on a bike fully loaded with luggage or a pillion, although there was a chance to try them off-road.
“Bridgestone say the new A41 has a 90% road and 10% off-road bias” says Adam, “but we spent several hours on dusty tracks and the A41 performed above expectations.
On loose rocks they found grip and propelled the bike forward safely. Despite this, I’d expect a different result on wetter, heavier and more challenging terrain.”
Pick up this week’s issue of MCN for the full article.
The full range of Battlax Adventure A41 tyres are now available in the UK.
You can view the full range here.