Bridgestone Launches First High Performance Motorcycle Tire Designed For American V-Twin Motorcycles

0battlecruise-h50-4On Thursday in Orlando, the staff of Bridgestone Corporation invited journalists to the launch of its new line of motorcycle tires engineered exclusively to fit many popular and iconic American V-twin motorcycles. 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.

1battlecruise_h50f22battlecruise_h50f_frontBridgestone has a long history of developing high-performance motorcycle tires, and it has applied that expertise to the new Bridgestone Battlecruise H50 tire, which delivers 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:

3battlecruise• 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.

Beginning January 2017, the Bridgestone Battlecruise H50 motorcycle tire will be available in eight sizes for select American V-twin cruiser models. Riders can expect 14 additional sizes for touring-oriented models to come available in early 2018.

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

Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world’s largest tire and rubber company. In addition to tires for use in a wide variety of applications, it also manufactures a broad range of diversified products, which include industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods. Its products are sold in over 150 nations and territories around the world. Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is based in Nashville TN

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8 Responses to “Bridgestone Launches First High Performance Motorcycle Tire Designed For American V-Twin Motorcycles”


  1. 1 Boots Oct 22nd, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to buy a good quality American tire? Bridgestone’s headquarters is in Tokyo, Michelin is French and Dunlop is now British! Sad situation!

  2. 2 SIGFREED Oct 22nd, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Sounds promising. Perfect for my Wide Glide…

  3. 3 Woody's Oct 22nd, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I care more about where they’re made, personally. If the headquarters is in Gambia but the factory in Akron, OH I’d be ok with that.

  4. 4 adventurebob Oct 23rd, 2016 at 7:41 am

    I care more about the price.

  5. 5 BobS Oct 23rd, 2016 at 8:41 am

    I care more about the performance. Do they handle well in dry and wet pavement? Will they last more than 8000 miles? Free market capitalism means whoever brings the best product to market priced right wins.

  6. 6 rb Oct 23rd, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    What no 26’s or 30’s?

  7. 7 Rick D Oct 24th, 2016 at 5:56 am

    When the worlds largest and most successful O.E. tire manufacturer come out with a tire for your ride, it is certainly worth investigating.

  8. 8 Blackmax Oct 24th, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Nice for H-D’s & Indians (don’t know if Victory is even included in this ?)
    What about the metric guys who supported Bridgestone with the EXEDRA for so long
    Been riding on them since 2007 !!!
    I sure could use a longer life tire too !!!

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