Bridgestone Battlax T30 road test
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 @ 06:26
Test of Bridgestone Battlax T30
After having tested the Bridgestone Battlax S20 tire, it is with great exictment the brand new Battlax T30 are being road tested. The S20 was a great thrill to ride on, why the expectations were pretty high as the T30's are up against a though competitor. My riding stile is giving some throttle in the corners and not so much on the straint roads, why the focus in this road test is stability and cornering.
Battlax T30 tire is a sport-touring, which can be seen in the letter "T" in the name.
Short and Quick conclusion
The short and quick conclusion is the tires are more sport than touring and is increadible trustworthy riding on. Current status is the tires have now done 1 300 km and the wear is only a few 1/10 mm, so it seems like there are a lot of km in the tires.
Riding the Battlax'erne
Bridgestone Battlax T30 is mounted on a Honda VFR 750 F, and the driven kilometers are both slow riding focusing on enjoying the nature, two with full gear and riding alone with full focus doing the corners with maximum throttle. So, the tires are tested under various conditions in Denmark. Note - we have had a second-to-none weaher conditions in Denmark until now in 2014, as we have barely seen some rain.
The first thing I notice is the grip for cornering, which are very stable and neutral. The motorcycle is very eash to get into the corner, and the tires gives a stable road grip, no matter whether the speed is slow in the corner or it is with the foot pads scraping the tarmac. Independent of the angel I rode, the motorcycle is cutting through the corner sharp as a samurai sword.
In order being able to testing partly the motorcycle and partly the tires, I once in a while takes a corner with some small stones on the road - just to feel how the motorcycle is reacting. Do not misunderstand - I am not searching for the small stones.... The sand and stones are not the favorit of any motorcyclist, but they are reality. Suddenly the stones are there, and it is necessary to test under safe conditions so I am not surprices when it is "real". Riding through the sand and stones, the motorcycle becomes a bit unstable, but the tires stays stable and have my full confidence, and as soon as being out of the sand and stone - the entire motorcycle is stable again.
In one of my favorite corner I had a fast corner and giving some hard throttle with the result the entire motorcycle became a bit unstable, but the tires replied with a good and stable feedback to me, and kept the motorcycle under control all the way out of the corner.
Comparison between the T30 and S20
Battlax S20 is a sports tyre which are seen by the "S" in the name. The largest difference between the T30 and S20 are the Sport button has been turned a bit more on with the S20 during manufacturing. It feels liek the S20 is asking for more throttle and angle in the corners, where the T30 is more neutral, but still rock steady.
Both tires have a fantastic grip, but again the S20 is more race oriented, which I expect are reflected in fewer kilometers. Even though I did 12 000 km on the S20, but the tire was pretty thin when replaced. The safe maximum would have been no more than 10 000, which the S30 can do for sure, as it showed only little sign of wear and tear on the 1 300 km driven so far.
You can read the test of the Bridgestone Battlax S20'eren here.
The requirements and wishes the modern motorcyclists have to a motorcycle tyre are:
This is exactly what you get with the Bridgestone Battlax T30 .
Bridgestone Battlax T30 - your road mate