Ahead of the official launch later this month, Beej at Fast Bikes has got his hands on a set of the brand new Bridgestone Battlax T31 sport touring tyres to test on home soil.
After just polishing off a set of their T30 EVO predecessors on his GSX-R1000R, now is the ideal time for him to do some back-to-back testing and it’s safe to say that the upgrade in performance is visible straight away.
In the latest issue of the magazine, Beej says:
“These have an increased ‘groove ratio’ on the tyre’s shoulder, while it’s been reduced in the middle for better braking in poor conditions. An entirely new compound features improved silica dispersion, and there’s a whole heap of other changes and tweaks you can read all about once Mike’s gone off and done the launch in Morocco, the lucky boy!
So you’ll know how they fare in the sun, but what I can tell you is that within just a few hundred yards of leaving Phoenix Yamaha (who very kindly fitted the hoops for me – cheers boys!), I could feel the difference between the 30 and the 31. Usually I’m quite tentative on new tyres, but they oozed confidence through the chassis immediately, instantly felt a little more composed and the grip in the wet, again, seemed to me a marked improvement.
I even managed to get some dry time, sort of, and one thing I’m very impressed with is the accelerated roll-in rate of the front. Usually going from sports to sport-touring tyres, there’s a tangible reduction in steering speed. This is normal and to be expected, but the T31′s profile is definitely a touch sharper, if that’s the right word to use, over the T30. And like all Bridgestone front tyres it feels, in the words of Mr Jonny Gawler, insanely incorruptible. It just sticks like glue.
Thus far, I’ve nothing but praise for the T31 in winter climes.”
To find out about the other changes he’s made to the Suzuki this month, you’ll need to pick up the latest copy of Fast Bikes.
You can find out more about that Battlax T31 range here.