Did you know that Bridgestone used to make motorcycles as well as tyres? Not many people do! The story goes that Bridgestone did a deal with Honda, that they would stop producing motorcycles and supply Honda with tyres for their motorcycles, which is why, to this day, Honda motorcycles still mainly come on Bridgestone rubber.
Bridgestone is a Japanese company and produced their first tyre in 1930. Supplying motorcycle and car tyres all over the world, they centred in on the USA in the 70s and bought Firestone in the 80s. Bridgestone entered MotoGP in 2002 and looking back now, you can see why their trackday tyres and motorcycle slicks are so popular, thanks to years of racing experience at the highest level.
Bridgestone’s experience in MotoGP has trickled down to their road tyres and if you’re been biking for more than a few years, the chances are you’ll have ridden on their BT-010, BT-016 or BT-023 tyres.
Their modern range of performance tyres for fast road riders, includes the S22, while those looking for more wear while still getting excellent grip go for the T31, a high quality sports touring tyre.
The ‘A’ range of A41 and AX41 are gaining in popularity with riders of adventure bikes, who know and trust the Bridgestone brands but who have moved on from the sportsbikes and super nakeds of yesteryear.
Their product descriptions make it really easy to see what Bridgestone’s intention is for that tyre: A- Adventure, S -Sport, R- Racing, T- Touring, X – MotoCross, E – Enduro, SC – Scooter. See? Nice and simple!