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Tyre Test: Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22

Pommie head over to Jerez for a whirlwind test of the new Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22

Bridgestone have been round endlessly, virtually 90 years in reality, and are the world’s largest tyre and rubber firm. So once they introduced a brand new tyre that’s designed to be higher in each solution to the already profitable Bridgestone Battlax S21, I used to be eager to attempt it out. To be able to do that, I flew all the best way to the Jerez circuit in Spain to seek out out…

With so many nice tyres available on the market right now from a number of producers, which are particularly designed for sportsbikes, the query was whether or not Bridgestone’s all new Battlax Hypersport S22 meets its design temporary and gives an excellent street tyre that can also be good for the occasional monitor day.

Pommie headed over to Jerez for a whirlwind check of the brand new Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22

“We developed the S22 in keeping with the wants and necessities of hypersport customers,” explains Nico Thuy, Head of Motorbike Europe at Bridgestone EMEA. “With such mild dealing with and elevated suggestions, particularly when cornering, hypersport riders may have most confidence in pushing themselves to the subsequent degree.”

The S22 is a alternative for the S21, though Bridgestone will hold making the S21 for a minimum of some time, as a result of the S22 isn’t out there in all the present S21 sizes right now. Bridgestone declare enhancements over the S21 of 15 per cent quicker speeds when cornering in dry circumstances and a 1.2 per cent general quicker lap occasions within the dry circumstances.

Bridgestone are boasting improvements to dry speed and grip, as well as better wet drainage lap times

Bridgestone are boasting the Battlax S22 improves dry velocity and grip, in addition to higher moist drainage and lap occasions

When driving within the moist, Bridgestone declare the brand new tyres can enhance your lap time by 5 per cent, that is made attainable by redesigning the tread sample to a 3D edge form to enhance water drainage in addition to a rise to the shoulder space of the tyre to enhance grip – all of which have been achieved whereas not affecting the wear and tear lifetime of both the entrance or rear tyres.


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The carcass of the tyre has additionally been enhanced with state-of-the-art MS-Belt development and excessive tensile penetration twine know-how; this provides the tyres a light-weight really feel to the dealing with, enhancing change of path, together with elevated stability at excessive velocity.


An optimised compound now presents effective particle silica for improved adhesion, with extra silica floor on the street

To allow the rise within the tyres efficiency, Bridgestone have included a various compound construction within the tyres, the rear tyre has three compounds (or 5 says Bridgestone – however they’re counting each side of the tyre.  Two compounds on all sides and one within the centre.)

Anyway, the centre has a more durable compound to enhance put on whereas doing freeway type driving, then when leaning over it goes right into a softer space of the tyre, then to a fair softer edge compound to optimise the grip whereas cornering on full lean.

A new tread pattern on the Battlax Hypersport improves wet performance

A brand new tread sample on the Battlax Hypersport improves sporty moist efficiency, with a larger land-sea ratio on the shoulders

The entrance has two totally different compounds, which once more is more durable within the center and softer on the edges the place most wanted in cornering. This unique compound combination makes use of an optimised resin compound within the traction space of the tyre, whereas the centre compound incorporates a 25 per cent improve in effective silica molecules to extend contact with the street floor.

Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 on the monitor

It needs to be a dream of all true bike fanatics to get to experience on world well-known GP circuits and I’m no totally different, so when requested to check the all-new Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 tyre on the Jerez GP circuit in Spain, I naturally jumped on the probability, particularly as I might be driving on a lot of the newest and biggest sportsbikes.

Jerez offered the opportunity to properly test the new Bridgestone Battlax S22, with wet, drying and dry conditions

Jerez provided the chance to correctly check the brand new Bridgestone Battlax S22, with moist, drying and dry circumstances

Not being a racer, in contrast to nearly all of the journalists there, I needed to check the tyre as a street rider doing a monitor day, which is actually what the S22 is designed to do anyway. Let’s face details, in all probability 90 per cent of the those that purchase this tyre for his or her sportsbike/hyperbike won’t ever see a monitor day.

To check the tyres to their restrict and actually put them by means of their paces, the protected setting of a racetrack is the one approach to do it. You simply can’t legally or safely push the tyres to their limits on the street. Getting moist, drying and dry circumstances was an actual bonus.

Testing offered the opportunity to try the S22 across a host of bikes

Testing provided the chance to attempt the S22 throughout a number of bikes

With round 10 totally different new bikes to select from I opted for the bare Suzuki GSX-S1000 for my first session, primarily because of feeling extra at residence on a nakedbike and the truth that the monitor was soaking moist. I needn’t have nervous as a result of from the primary lap, despite the fact that I had no concept of the place the monitor went, I had fairly good confidence within the grip ranges of the tyres and extra importantly the texture, particularly within the entrance the place I discovered myself pushing more durable than I usually would.


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Actually, within the first two periods on the moist monitor with a bunch of journalist egos making an attempt to outdo one another, nobody fell off, which must be a report and extra importantly a testomony to the grip provided by the S22. Even underneath heavy braking the grip degree is spectacular, I can’t consider how far tyre know-how has superior in recent times.

under heavy braking the grip level is impressive

Path braking into turns the grip degree is spectacular

For myself, within the cool moist circumstances, it didn’t take me lengthy to get confidence within the tyre’s means and this solely elevated because the monitor dried out later within the day, so we received one of the best of each worlds. Upright stability down the back and front straights was wonderful, even within the damp I used to be seeing speeds of round 250km/h, once I was courageous sufficient to take a look at the speedo. Through the transition from full energy to arduous braking, the entrance tyre was secure and provided the grip ranges wanted to tug the bike up from foolish speeds and push into the nook.

Leaning the bike over, going from upright to virtually full lean within the damp, the bike rolled over in a clean predicable method, for multi layered tyres which are tender on the sting and progressively get more durable within the center, so as to supply higher grip and mileage all through the lifetime of the tyre. The S22 additionally change course very simply and shortly and roll off centre very predictably regardless of which bike I used to be driving.

The Battlax Hypersport S22s transition onto the side of the tyre smoothly

The Battlax Hypersport S22s transition onto the aspect of the tyre easily and proved predictable throughout all machines

Getting on the facility out of the turns might be one of the crucial essential features of tyres whereas on the monitor and being primarily a street tyre you’d assume that the S22 would fall brief on this space, nevertheless this couldn’t be farther from the reality. The S22 gives superb ranges of grip each mid-turn and extra importantly driving off the turns, each in moist and dry circumstances, which we skilled.


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As soon as the monitor had dried out absolutely and the solar was out, I might actually put the S22s to check and at no time did I discover the bounds of the tyre even with a few of the bikes having greater than 200hp. Sure, the rear did squirm and pump a bit beneath onerous acceleration, however at no time did I really feel it needed to let go and we’re speaking a few street tyre and never a monitor targeted, or slick tyre and the entrance simply felt planted on a regular basis.

With 200hp sportsbikes on offer as conditions dried the S22s had the opportunity to shine in ideal conditions

With 200hp sportsbikes on supply as circumstances dried the S22s had the chance to shine in ideally suited circumstances, with planted entrance finish really feel and grip off turns arduous on the facility.

Even once I misplaced focus, in all probability as a consequence of jet-lag, and had a second on the finish of the straight once I grabbed the anchors lots more durable than I ought to of, the grip ranges of the S22 together with the ABS and Brembos of the GSX-R stopped me from an embarrassing lay down within the kitty litter.

After a full day on the monitor with these tyres getting severely thrashed by a number of journalists and some skilled racers together with Colin Edwards and Josh Brooks I used to be greater than impressed by the situation of the tyres on the finish, so for a mere mortal you can anticipate to get loads of monitor days in, in addition to on a regular basis street driving in your cash.

Despite a full day being trashed at Jerez by journalists and ex-racers alike, tyre conditions looked good at day's end, which bodes well for wear

Regardless of a full day being trashed at Jerez by journalists and ex-racers alike, tyre circumstances appeared good at day’s finish, which bodes nicely for put on

Hopefully we will get a set of Bridgestone Hypersport Battlax S22’s again right here in Australia once they arrive and provides them a exercise in our actual world street circumstances on the goat tracks the Australian authorities name roads, and I’m positive that they’ll carry out simply in addition to they did in Jerez, however we’ll have to attend to see for positive…

It'll be great to see how the Bridgestone Battlax S22 tyres handle Australia's goat-track like roads!

It’ll be nice to see how the Bridgestone Battlax S22 tyres deal with Australia’s goat-track like roads!

Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 sizes

  • 110/70HR17 S22 (due late 2019)
  • 120/70ZR17 S22
  • 140/70HR17 S22 (due late 2019)
  • 150/60HR17 S22 (due late 2019)
  • 160/60ZR17 S22
  • 180/55ZR17 S22
  • 180/60ZR17 S22 (due late 2019)
  • 190/50ZR17 S22
  • 190/55ZR17 S22
  • 200/55ZR17 S22

S22 won’t cowl all sizes that have been obtainable within the S21, so a couple of S21 sizes will stay, as proven under.

The Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 are available in a range of sizes, with some S21 sizes being retained

The Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 can be found in a variety of sizes, with some S21 sizes being retained

Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S21 sizes

  • 130/70ZR16 S21
  • 110/70ZR17 S21
  • 120/60ZR17 S21
  • 150/60ZR17 S21


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