Bridgestone has announced the launch of the Battlax Hypersport S22, a new sports radial motorcycle tyre for street use that will be part of its Battlax line of motorcycle tyres. The Hypersport S22 tyres will be available in one front tyre size and five rear tyre sizes when released in the U.S. and Canada in January 2019 and in other regions in February 2019.
The Battlax Hypersport S22 is the successor to the Hypersport S21 tyre, which is featured as original equipment on numerous sports motorcycles. Compared to the S21, Bridgestone says the S22 boasts improved dry grip and lightness coupled with sufficient wet performance.
To enhance cornering on rainy days, the Battlax Hypersport S22 features an increased land-sea ratio on the tyre’s shoulder, and pattern rigidity has been optimised. These features contribute to improved wet performance and handling lightness.
In designing the Battlax Hypersport S22, Bridgestone says steps were taken to optimise the resin component in order to develop a new compound that can function across a wide range of temperature conditions, including lower temperatures. This allows the tyre to deliver higher grip on dry surfaces.
The centre compound of the rear tyres utilises silica comprised of particles that are smaller than those found in conventional tyres to increase the area of the silica in the contact patch. This composition, Bridgestone says, enables the Battlax Hypersport S22 to better grip the road in wet conditions.