Tyre test and great deal on MCN
Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 £220-£250 per pair (120/70x17 180/55x17)
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.
Fun on dusty trails and there’s decent feedback on the 21in front 1090 Adventure R