Tyre test and great deal on MCN

Bridge­stone Bat­t­lax Ad­ven­ture A41 £220-£250 per pair (120/70x17 180/55x17)

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Tester Adam Child

What’s good? The A41 is Bridge­stone’s all-new dual com­pound tyre and it’s aimed at ad­ven­ture riders. We had the chance to spend a day rid­ing both on and off road on a BMW R1200GS, KTM 1090 Ad­ven­ture R and Honda Africa Twin and were im­pressed with per­for­mance front and rear. Bridge­stone say the fo­cus with the front was to strike a bal­ance be­tween de­for­ma­tion, rigid­ity and per­for­mance in the wet, while on the rear they con­cen­trated on wa­ter dis­per­sal and high-speed sta­bil­ity. The firm claim the con­tact patch is 5% big­ger than be­fore and that there’s 9% more fric­tion in the wet. The new A41 can be used with or with­out a tube.

To put that to the test I opted for the 1090R with its 21in front and 18in rear. With an off-road bi­ased front and long-travel sus­pen­sion it’s al­ways a chal­lenge for a tyre to de­liver feed­back to the rider. That said, Bridge­stone have suc­ceeded in cre­at­ing both feel and grip and I was hugely im­pressed. There was suf­fi­cient feed­back from the front to re­ally en­joy the KTM and I had sim­i­lar re­sults on the Africa Twin.

Later in the day, I grabbed the more con­ven­tional R1200GS and, again, the feed­back im­pres­sive. There were no mo­ments, no un­ex­pected move­ment from front or rear and high-speed sta­bil­ity was good. Heavy brak­ing was fine, too. Even on fast, long sweep­ing cor­ners it was fault­less.

How­ever, it’s worth not­ing that we didn’t get the op­por­tu­nity to fully load any of the test bikes or add a pil­lion, which can cre­ate is­sues – es­pe­cially on bikes with long-travel sus­pen­sion.

Bridge­stone say the new A41 has a 90% road and 10% off-road bias, but we spent sev­eral hours on dusty tracks and the A41 per­formed above ex­pec­ta­tions.

On loose rocks they found grip and pro­pelled the bike for­ward safely. De­spite this, I’d ex­pect a dif­fer­ent re­sult on wet­ter, heav­ier and more chal­leng­ing ter­rain.

What’s not? If you want to fit Bridge­stone rub­ber to your ad­ven­ture bike, the 90% road-go­ing A41 is as off-road spe­cific as you’ll get. If you are plan­ning to spend time get­ting se­ri­ous in the dirt you’ll have to look else­where.

www.bridge­stone.co.uk

Fun on dusty trails and there’s de­cent feed­back on the 21in front 1090 Ad­ven­ture R

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