TOURED STUPID CON­TIN­UED... TYRE TALK

Just like the bikes, the three tyres we used aren’t cut­ting edge sports-wise, but also just like the bikes, they’re more than ca­pa­ble of sur­pris­ing you quite a bit...

Fast Bikes - - TEST -

A s well as giv­ing the bikes a good run out, we lev­ered on a set of three dif­fer­ent sorts of Bridge­stone tyres to check their per­for­mance on both road and track, for a to­tal of around 750-miles over our days on test.

Just like the Duke, KTM and Kwack, the type of Bridge­stones we se­lected were ones of­fer­ing less than the very high­est per­for­mance, cho­sen in­stead be­cause they would give a much broader and more re­al­is­tic range of ca­pa­bil­ity to suit the ex­pec­ta­tions of this test. We were lucky to get all sorts of dif­fer­ent weather con­di­tions over the three days, with tem­per­a­tures rang­ing from just 2°C when we also saw some light snow, to a rel­a­tively balmy and sunny 18°C pe­riod for a while. Of course, be­ing in the UK meant it rained from time to time, and be­cause we went to Oul­ton, we got to check ul­ti­mate grip for ex­tended pe­ri­ods.

Be­ing at the Cheshire track for most of the day also gave us a chance to push things in very var­ied tem­per­a­tures, with quite chilly con­di­tions greet­ing our early laps. With Bridge­stone’s tyre guru Gary Hartshorne on hand to an­swer any ques­tions we had, we learned all we needed to about the rub­ber. Of course the big ques­tion is, did the hoops do the busi­ness for us?

The S21 gri pped and went! The S21 is also ca­pa­ble on much sportier tackle, like in Abu Dhabi...

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