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Oily Rag - Dedicated to Pat, Greywolf. 26/06/45 - 04/06/18 => Tyres => Topic started by: Rhino VStrom on November 10, 2017, 00:10:24

Title: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Rhino VStrom on November 10, 2017, 00:10:24
Bridgestone comes with a successor for the popular A40 tyre. The Battlax A41. This tyre has because of the compound and structure even more stability. It will be available in January.
And I'm going to test it :icon_wink:

Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: In me shed on November 10, 2017, 12:08:55
I'd be interested in your opinion, I've got 9k on my rear so will be due a new one soon.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Paz324 on November 10, 2017, 13:26:47
Do you have any links for these press release pictures ? I can't read the information as they are.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: old git on November 10, 2017, 18:00:54
More claims from a tyre manufacturer that can't be verified. Every time there's a new tyre there are claims it does everything better than its predecessor. After 40 years of listening to this bollocks I do concede that in terms of grip modern tyres are a vast improvement on what I rode on in the seventies. I still struggle to get 3.5k from a set of tyres no matter what bike I ride. Given all the claimed incremental improvements in mileage performance over the years, why don't the tyres outlive the bike?
Over the last few years I've tried just about every popular tyre and have enjoyed superb grip and lousy mileage.
Currently well into my third set with a bit over 8k on my V-Strom.

Hate to be cynical but just another set of round black things ????
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: kwackboy on November 10, 2017, 19:16:55
It amuses me how they show the tyres off road but never like to admit that they are are useless.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Rhino VStrom on November 11, 2017, 02:10:41
Do you have any links for these press release pictures ? I can't read the information as they are.

Send me your email address. Then I send you the complete presentation.
Peter
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: porter on November 11, 2017, 09:00:16
If they still have the stiff sidewalls like the a40's they can keep them!
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Brockett on November 11, 2017, 12:21:53
That term "off road" means what?
 
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: old git on November 11, 2017, 13:38:25
It means they're suitable for getting up your drive way.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Brockett on November 11, 2017, 21:42:14
Yeah but no but yeah I doubt those tyres would easily make it up Fat Rat's field after a few days of rain.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: kwackboy on November 11, 2017, 21:56:09
What you need to do is take a run up of at least 70mph in order to make it to the top of the field (fat rats words) with road tyres fitted .  :shrug:.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Brockett on November 12, 2017, 14:21:30
er hem!! 70mph within a two mile radius  of Penboyr lol lol lol
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Roadrocket on November 13, 2017, 17:33:43
Tonight I have just had a set of A40s fitted , my second set, of A40s, having got about 9K miles from them, including some big Autobahn miles a good few times . They have worn really well, no squaring off and excellent grip .Then I read this! Oh well If the A41 is an improvement on the A40 then it will be a hell of a good tyre as I cannot fault the A40 whatsoever.  :thumb: :thumb:
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Rhino VStrom on January 05, 2018, 17:53:23
The Bridgestone A41 arrived today.  :lala:

Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Frostilicus on January 06, 2018, 20:28:01
Getting close to new tyre time for me, currently have A40's on mine - so I'll be keeping an eye on this post to see what your opinion of the A41's is.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: hookie on January 11, 2018, 21:45:00
It'll be interesting to see what price a pair can be picked up for. A pair of A40s can be had for £164 which isn't bad and may well drop a bit more when the A41s become stocked by the big companies. Like "Old Git" I'm completely cynical about claims made for new and updated tyres as well and also never get more than about 2,500 miles out of rear tyres on any bike I've had in the last 20 years.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: ZipcodeUK on January 26, 2018, 23:51:40
I'm also watching this thread closely. My original Bridgestones have nearly 9k on them.... but the previous owner really squared off the centre so it's not a nice feeling when cornering.

The a41's look a good tyre for touring and some faster mountain type conditions. So, as long as they are an improvement over the battle wings then I'd be quite keen on a set of A41's.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: paulja on March 31, 2018, 20:17:51
I can get these OE tyres to slip in the dry... I'll be putting some proper road tyres on in April as I have zero ambition to ride my Veek up a mountain.

At the end of the day tyres are what keeps you safe, especially in wet UK.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: mobytrip on April 12, 2018, 08:36:17
Just put a set on last night, very early to report but initial feel is that they have a lot of feel and turn really well. Have to see how they go. Replaced a set of Avon Storms which lasted just over 12k.
The big obvious difference is that the A41s feel a lot more compliant, the bike transmits a lot less of the harshness from the crap road surface that I have to ride over from my house to the main road, (about 3/4 mile).

Happy so far and looking forward to them being fully scrubbed but it would help if it stopped raining!
 
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: mobytrip on May 01, 2018, 15:39:16
Well had these (A41) on for about 1000 miles now, used in all weathers so time for an update:-

These are the tyre I have always been looking for!

Grip is all I could ever ask for, dry or wet, with lots of feed back and therefore confidence.
Had A40s and avons before and these feel more compliant, much better ride and I am using the same pressure in all of the tyres as stated by Suzuki.
So one happy biker  :lala:
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Frostilicus on November 05, 2018, 16:59:18
Great news Moby - I posted in January that my A40s were looking like they needed replacement, but here we are, 10 months later and they still look like the did in January, even though I've done 14k miles on them in total!
This has settled it for me - when my everlasting tyres do actually decide to give up the ghost, I'll replace them with A41s :)
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Nelson on November 07, 2018, 11:18:29
My A40's did 10,500 front and the rear did over 11,000 with plenty of tread left but squared off so naturally changed as a pair. A41's have now done 2500 miles and perform as well - can't say I detect any better performance but still very happy. Tyre fitter failed to clean off the hardened ridges left from green slime puncture preventative, so tyre slowly lost pressure, sorted now.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Frostilicus on November 30, 2018, 11:26:01
My A40s have finally been changed, a puncture on the front was the final incentive to change them - the shop have fitted a pair of A41s for me, I would have been happy with A40s to be honest, but I guess they can't get those any more.
Will report back in a few miles to see how they go, I'm hoping for more of the same really as I find these to be excellent tyres
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: paulja on January 02, 2019, 19:26:36
How are those A41 going? I'm close to new tyres and those is on the list to consider.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: mobytrip on January 03, 2019, 11:06:57
Had a good look at mine this morning as MoT due next week.
Still happy with level of grip, doesn't seem to matter if it's hot, cold, wet or dry they just grip.
Got 7k on them now and the rear is starting to square off, but I do a lot of motorway miles commuting to work.
I will replace with the same when it is time and in the past on other bikes I have never been a fan of Bridgestones but these have changed my mind.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Frostilicus on January 07, 2019, 09:23:32
I've now done just over 1k miles on the A41s and am very happy with them indeed.
They seem to perform just as well as the A40s I had on before, no trouble in heavy rain and good road holding at motorway speeds too.
Scrubbing in took me around 70 miles or so, the usual weird feeling up to that point but very well behaved now!
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Rhino VStrom on January 15, 2019, 00:03:54
The test results of 16.000km A41.
http://www.dropbox.com/s/xfj3ab9qj35j9f3/Bridgestone%20A41%20update%2016000%20okt%202018.pdf?dl=0 (http://www.dropbox.com/s/xfj3ab9qj35j9f3/Bridgestone%20A41%20update%2016000%20okt%202018.pdf?dl=0)
Sorry is in Dutch :)
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Dave L on March 05, 2019, 19:51:07
Hello,
Thanks for the article.
I have managed a mammoth 14k miles so far on my A40's and am due to take trip to Spain and France in June so will be investing in a new set of A41's.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Woodyflyer on June 01, 2019, 09:22:57
Just fitted a set of A41 to my Glee, noticed that the Suzuki handbook states 33/36 front/back while bridgestone web site recommend 36/42
Any recommendations on which ones to go for ? , Did notice when they were fitting them the carcass is really stiff compared to my RP4s
What are you running yours at ?
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Old Biker on June 01, 2019, 13:32:54
Tyre specialist who fitted my A41's said the higher pressures were correct for the new tyres, I went with his view and the bike handles fine  :old:
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: hotbulb on June 01, 2019, 17:10:32
I'm well into the second set of A41s, and when the time comes I'll probably go for them again ... I'm very happy with them. (Had the A40s previously - also liked them, better than the Anakee 3s I had on the Transalp, but I found the A40s rode a bit harshly).
I've used the Suzuki standard pressure (33/36), but I'll give the Bridgestone 36/42 a try next time I check the pressures  :fix:
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Woodyflyer on June 01, 2019, 17:53:21
Just done first 100 miles to scuff them in using the standard pressures, all fine apart from the first half mile feeling a bit different, going to try the higher pressures​ to see if the handling any different.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: mobytrip on June 12, 2019, 08:43:32
Just changed on to my second set of A41 tyres. ultimately never been a fan of Bridgestone tyres but these are really good wet or dry, hot or cold. Commute all year round and have got just over 10k miles out of the old set, the front tyre down to the wear markers and the rear although still technically legal was very squared off so swapped out as a set.
Also had them set at the higher pressures by the tyre bloke, feels okay but as had them swapped out in the middle of a downpour yesterday and still wet today its hard to tell what they feel like, but plenty of grip, (confidence),  in the wet straight away
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: mr_diver on June 12, 2019, 10:43:05
I too was not a fan of Bridgestone until I tried the BT-023 on SWMBO's GSX14.
Took a punt at some cheap A40's and they were far better than the old Battlewings that the Varadero came with years ago.
As a pure road tyre goes, they are great in the dry, confidence assuring in the wet and life span is better than most.
The 40 and 41 are the same compounds, but slightly different tread pattern to differentiate the two and the 41 comes in a wider range of sizes.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Nelson on June 26, 2019, 10:15:20
Changed front A41 slightly prematurely (she who must be obeyed says I'm always premature - not sure what she means) at just under 10,000 miles. £120 fitted, which I was happy with?
Usually change as a pair but couldn't bring myself to change rear as it's still great and only slightly squared off. Looks like it could get to 15k.

Admittedly I haven't tried other makes on my two Stroms in the past but are there better tyres out there? These seem unbelievably good to me - great feel wet or dry, excellnt life and prices seem OK?
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Dave L on June 29, 2019, 16:41:19
Hello,
I eventually changed tyres at 16K miles, front was nearly down to minimum, predictably back had squared off but still had a few miles. Fitted new A41's and just returned from a week in Spain and am very happy with the performance.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: timangus on June 30, 2019, 14:54:26
My rear A41 has done 7500 miles across Asia and looks in good order. Not as grippy as the Michelin but then its a 90/10 road tyre and the Michelin is a 80/20 and they did slip on unmade indian roads.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Jamieboy on August 11, 2019, 19:17:46
Just an observation on these tyres. I recently bought a glee with a41s on it. They've done about 5k miles with the previous owner. I set them to Bridgestone recommended pressures but felt the ride a bit harsh. I am fairly light though about 75kg. Put the pressures down to 34/38 ish and noticed this helped smooth things out so I'll keep them there, even if Bridgestone think they should be marginally higher. Seem decent overall but not done much mileage yet.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: paulja on January 31, 2020, 12:53:04
If the R5 are too pricey for you, these A41 are an excellent alternative, they don't disappoint once scrubbed in.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: snagzie on March 04, 2020, 15:41:56
What pressures do you lot use with A41's on a Veek 1000? I've just got the default 36F/42R at the moment but as it's a completely new bike to me I wouldn't know if it's worth dropping them a bit.

I've done 90 miles on the rear and 40 on the front so far so not proper scrubbed yet (the bike came with a new rear, so fitted a new front 50 miles in)

Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Peatland on March 26, 2020, 21:58:51
Hello

On my second set of A41’s and do mostly 2 up riding usually 150-250 mile round trips each time out.

F35-36 and R41-42

Had no issues with this

Robin
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: vstroman on March 29, 2020, 22:29:34
What mileage are you getting per set of tyres?
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Peatland on April 11, 2020, 03:25:43
What mileage are you getting per set of tyres?

Bike is currently on 14.5k miles and I would expect about another 2k before changing
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Nelson on November 23, 2020, 09:43:01
M and P are doing a pair of A40, s for £109 delivered at present.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: mr_diver on November 23, 2020, 13:35:07
Got myself a pair from them a couple of weeks back ready for next year.  :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: WeeStromer on November 24, 2020, 22:40:17
£109 a pair is great! I don't like the anakee 3s that are currently fitted to mine.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Nelson on November 25, 2020, 10:18:54
M and P were advertising a pair of A40's for £109 delivered. I bought two sets, too good to miss. My last rear came at £140 fitted from my local non-franchise bike shop.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: borrisdog on February 24, 2021, 19:05:21
Just fitted a41s on my bike. can't wait to try them out lock down permitting. :auto-dirtbike:
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: V-Twin on March 12, 2021, 17:11:37
On previous bikes, I have had Avon Storms/Dunlop Roadsmarts & Metzeler.
Never actually wore out any replacement tyres as I had up to now changed the bikes before needing to replace the tyres.
On my 2014 VStrom 650 (2nd bike) I'm still running on originals, with only 4500 miles on it.
Its the only bike that when pushing on a bit will step out a little at the rear.
So I'm presuming the tyres are too chunky, so will need to change to a more road focused tyre.
After reading the reports here it's looking like the A40 or A41s. Unless anyone has experience of Metzelers on their Strom 650.??
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: Mr Nick on March 12, 2021, 17:51:48
https://www.v-strom.co.uk/smf/index.php?topic=39476.0 (https://www.v-strom.co.uk/smf/index.php?topic=39476.0)
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: graingerblaze on April 06, 2021, 22:36:32
I’m running the Bridgestone A41’s and on the road they are brilliant, wet or dry. So far I have done over 12k on them and still loads of tread to go, although the rear is flattening off now (too many motorway miles).

Looking to change to 50/50 now as the A41’s are useless in mud or sand. Light trails or a flat gravel road no problem, but if any real grip is needed then best to avoid. The A41’s are a true 90/10 road biased tyre,  best part is the grip and longevity.
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A40 tyre
Post by: V-Twin on May 18, 2021, 17:46:22
Just a heads up for those who want.....
Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A40 Tyre Pairs

110/80-R19 (59V) + 150/70-R17 (69V)
Only - £109
https://www.bikespeeduk.com/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=8807
Title: Re: New Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyre
Post by: V-Twin on July 10, 2021, 14:03:46
Another heads up re' tyres. (Tyres)

110/80 R19 & 150/70 R17 Battlax Adventure A41
Improved grip level in rain and wet conditions.
Price: £204.00 NOW...... £194.00pr
Bikespeeduk.com