Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Launches BATTLAX SPORT TOURING T30 Series Motorcycle TiresEngineered for smooth handling, maximum performance and rider comfort

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 9, 2013) – Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (Bridgestone Americas) today announced the launch of the BATTLAX SPORT TOURING T30, a series of radial motorcycle sport touring tires. The BATTLAX series features an extensive lineup that includes touring to racing patterns developed with Bridgestone MotoGP tire technology.

The BATTLAX SPORT TOURING T30 is a versatile and premium tire, designed for use in a broad range of temperatures and weather conditions. Constructed for rider enjoyment by providing improved handling and dry grip (compared to previous BT-023), the series features:

  • New tread patterns providing light and responsive handling
  • A new front tire rubber compound using RC Polymer/NanoProTech technology to maximize grip and stiffness
  • Optimum contact patch and linear response inspiring confidence in cornering

A “GT” spec provides good handling & stability for large, heavier touring bikes using:

  • Modified tread pattern on front tire to match different belt construction
  • Cross belt construction to aid stability on front
  • Stiffer construction to offer good support on rear

“The new series of BATTLAX SPORT TOURING T30 tires are designed to provide a unique riding experience refined through our development of MotoGP race tires,” said Kevin Hunley, Senior Manager, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “Our focus continues to be on developing innovative solutions and technology to provide quality high performance motorcycle tires to this growing segment.”

The Bridgestone BATTLAX SPORT TOURING T30 is the first tire wearing the new ’T’ designation for “Touring”. Bridgestone now uses T for “Touring”, S for “Sport” and R for “Race” to more clearly position its extensive range of Battlax Tires. The T30 comes in 6 sizes for front use and 8 sizes for rear use.

About Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) is a business unit of Bridgestone Americas, Inc., whose parent company, Bridgestone Corporation, is the world's largest tire and rubber company. Reporting into the BATO business unit are the company's Latin American tire operations; the U.S. and Canadian consumer tire businesses; the U.S. and Canadian commercial tire businesses; and Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC, which operates the largest network of company-owned automotive service providers in the world. BATO develops, manufactures and markets Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires. The business unit is focused on retail, wholesale and original equipment markets, supplying passenger, light truck, commercial vehicle, off road, motorcycle, agricultural and other tires, as well as retreads, to its customers in the Americas.

About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.