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ADV ProductsBridgestone Announces New Battlax Adventurecross AX41 Tire

Bridgestone Announces New Battlax Adventurecross AX41 Tire

First look at Bridgestone's new dual sport tire for big bikes.

Published on 10.15.2018

Bridgestone has announced the launch of some exciting new rubber for off-road Adventures. The Battlax Adventurecross AX41 is aimed at riders seeking to take their ADV machines beyond the pavement, offering dirt-biased performance while maintaining on-road durability as much as possible.

The new Adventurecross AX41 features Anti-Irregular Wear technology to reduce the effects of heel and toe wear at the trailing edge of the block. According to Bridgestone, the new block profile counters the deformation under braking boosting durability of the tire.

Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross AX41
Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross AX41 adventure motorcycle tire
New block profile reduces deformation during braking increasing tire durability.

Bridgestone engineers have used a very specific block design and positioning to attain greater offroad grip and traction. Part of this achievement is the redesign of the overall tire dimensions which allowed them to increase the total number of tread blocks on the tire. According to the Japanese manufacturer, the new tire sports a 30% increase of the cross section area, relative to the previously released Adventure A41.


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Compared to that tire, the AX41 uses a higher strength compound. This boosts block rigidity and is designed to help achieve a balance between tire longevity and off-road performance.

Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross AX41

Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross AX41 adventure motorcycle tire
On and off-road performance compared to the on-road biased Bridgestone A41 and dualsport Trailwing Series.

The new Adventurecross AX41 has a 40/60 on-road/off-road rating and is expected to go on sale in January, 2019. Bridgestone plans to make this tire available for a wide variety of Adventure bikes. The first sizes released will cover larger bikes like the BMW R1200GS and the Africa Twin. In 2020, 15 additional sizes will be released to further expand the range.

2019 Line-Up:

• 100/90-19 M/C 57Q TL – Front
• 110/80 B19 M/C 59Q TL – Front
• 120/70 B19 M/C 60Q TL – Front
• 90/90-21 M/C 54Q TL – Front
• 130/80 B17 M/C 65Q TL – Rear
• 140/80 B17 M/C 67Q TL – Rear
• 150/70 B17 M/C 69Q TL – Rear
• 170/60 B17 M/C 72Q TL – Rear
• 150/70 B18 M/C 70Q TL – Rear

For 2020 line-up list click here.

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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RobG
RobG
October 15, 2018 11:22 am

Interesting. If the price is reasonable, I may try a set of these on my Tiger 800 after my Shinko 705’s wear out. They could also be a “lite” (as in less dramatic knobs) tire for my DR650.

Mark P.
Mark P.
October 16, 2018 4:03 pm

Can’t wait to test them!

Ron Doogalo
Ron Doogalo
October 16, 2018 4:37 pm

Finally Bridgestone’s got a legit 50/50 dual sport tire!

Tucker
Tucker
October 17, 2018 6:23 am

Is it compatible for a Himalayan

ADV Pulse
ADV Pulse
October 20, 2018 4:21 pm
Reply to  Tucker

Yes, but initially only for the front. The rear will be available in 2020.

Rod McKeithan
Rod McKeithan
October 22, 2018 5:13 am

I like the idea behind the design, but why does it look like its got half the treads of many other tires?

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