The 2017 GSX-R1000R may not be everyone’s cup of tea when it comes to choosing a bike for riding through the winter, but with a long termer begging to be tested, Performance Bikes editor Chris Newbigging has been piling the miles on his Suzuki.
When the bike rolls off the production line, it comes fitted with a pair of racy Bridgestone RS10 hoops, perfect for fast road and track day riding in the dry, but not the best choice for winter.
Chris opted to fit a set of Bridgestone’s Battlax S21 hypersport tyres to the Suzuki, and in the February 2018 edition he had this to say:
“Underneath, there’s a set of Bridgestone S21s on the rims. I still like a sporty profile, so a full switch to touring rubber isn’t on the cards yet, but Bridgestones historically work well in the wet. And so do these: in fact, unless the ground temperature is freezing, they offer enough feel and grip for me.
A dip of the clutch in second smokes the rear on the first dual carriageway I hit, but from then on the rubber stays stuck. On mild days, their characteristics work fine with the GSX-R: a little slower-steering than the track rubber that came off, but exactly what you’d want from a sports road tyre. I’d choose them over the OE RS-10 from the same manufacturer.”
You can find out more about the Battlax S21 here.