Take a lap around Portmiao on the 2012 BMW S1000RR with ex-GP legend McWilliams
FORMER GP rider Jeremy McWilliams was at the launch of Bridgestone's new premium sports tyre, the Battlax S20.
The S20 has been designed by Bridgestone for sports riders, who ride in all conditions but also want a tyre suited to trackdays. The S20 has a larger contact patch than the BT-016 Pro and Bridgestone claims it features fast warm-up characteristics without sacrificing mileage performance.
We can't tell you about the mileage yet, but if you want to check out the tyre's grip, who better to take you for a lap around Portimao than former GP rider, Jeremy McWilliams? Here he's riding a stock BMW S1000RR with the traction control switched off, fitted with the new S20 tyre running track pressures.
You can read Visordown's Bridgestone Battlax S20 tyre review here.
Posted: 08/06/2012 at 05:35
The tyres weren't controlling the throttle or the lean of your bike though, you were. You didn't crash the bike because of the tyres, you crashed because you pushed beyond the tyre's limit at whatever temperature it was at. If you're not happy with the tyres and the way they feel you change them; if you ignore your instincts and carry on pushing you'll end up down the road as you found out....
Posted: 08/06/2012 at 06:39
I have Bridgestone S20 tires on my Bandit GSF1250SA and have to say I am realy enjoying these tyres even in the crappy weather we are having lately in the UK. I have done approximatly 1000miles on these since changing them over from Pirell Angel ST's. You might be saying the Bandit is a totaly different bike to the BMW S1000RR but in my experience not all tyres suit all bikes and riding styles. I think it is unfortunate that the tyre did not impress Jamie at all and sorry that it has resulted in $4000 worth of damage for him. But I would recomend the Bridgestone S20.
Posted: 08/06/2012 at 06:49
So. You've got a brand new S1000RR. Brand new means that you've not ridden it before, of course. So you've got no comparison against other tyres, even if your last bike was a 2011 S1000RR. That means you've taken a bike with which you are by necessity unfamiliar on tyres with which you are equally unfamiliar and assumed that the bike/tyre combination will behave exactly as your previous bike/tyre combo has.
While I feel your pain, I'd also have to respectfully suggest, sir, that you are an idiot. You have already established that they don't warm up as fast as other tyres. And you're running them at lower pressures than the manual says, presumably because of all your track experience. You do know that you drop tyre pressures on the circuit because pressures get raised a lot when the tyre is really hot, right? Regardless, you're outside the parameters recommended by BMW or Bridgestone so you don't have a leg to stand on. You also seem to be ignoring other variables like, oh I don't know, the road surface. You know that people spill stuff on roads and that we can't ever rely on a corner being as grippy as it was yesterday...
Glad you're OK but you're going to have to chalk this one up to experience I'm afraid, and perhaps take reponsibility for your mistakes...
Posted: 08/06/2012 at 13:58
Posted: 27/06/2012 at 02:25
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