We’ve got Mick from The Short Bus drag fame testing a set of Bridgestone’s Battlecruise H50s on his Yamaha XV1900, which are a dedicated cruiser tyre designed specifically for American large capacity cruisers – not that that stopped us fitting a set to the Yamaha cruiser! Stay tuned for the full tyre review!

Bridgestone's Battlecruise H50 is aimed directly at American V-Twin cruisers, but fits the bill for any cruiser they'll fit

Bridgestone’s Battlecruise H50 is aimed directly at American V-Twin cruisers, but fits the bill for any cruiser they’ll fit – Here’s how they fit into the Bridgestone range.

Designed with high performance American V-twin machinery in mind, Bridgestone wanted to push the envelope with the Battlecruise H50s, with the brand boasting an incredible boost in mileage, while retaining or improving across a host of other metrics.

Part of this is thanks to the introduction of a new rear compound, while handling and feel is further optimised thanks to a new profile design, all backed up by Bridgestone’s Ultimat Eye development technology.

Bridgestone identified five key areas of improvement for the H50 – mileage and tread wear, grip in all riding conditions, handling, the rear compound and profile design, equating to superior tread life and an ideal combination of handling, performance and grip on wet and dry surfaces.

Bridgestone's in-house comparison against their main competitor (not including wear properties)

Bridgestone’s in-house comparison against their main competitor (not including wear properties)

Ultimat Eye (U-EYE) is the innovative new testing facility that is part of the Bridgestone Research and Development group, with the Battlecruise H50 tyre only the second to benefit from this advanced process.

U-EYE allows visualisation of the contact behavior of a tyre under various speeds and conditions and helps to find the best solutions tread design, construction and tyre profile. It also helps provide a test platform to better understand detailed contact patch pressure distribution including slip area at various speeds, loads and slip angles.

The optimised rear profile with a newly developed compound delivers extended mileage, with Bridgestone boasting double the possible mileage of it’s unnamed main competitor.

Where the Battlecruise H50 is promised to shine is in providing great mileage

Where the Battlecruise H50 is promised to shine is in providing great mileage

Meanwhile the Battlecruise H50 front tyre has been developed with a larger contact patch and more uniform contact pressure distribution, aiding cornering thanks to less force being required to handle heavy American V-twin motorcycles, ensuring easy and precise cornering.

To put this into comparative figures, the operating force exercised on the handlebar during Bridgestone testing with the Battlecruise H50 tyre is on average more than 40 percent less compared to the main competitor.

Contact patch comparison also shows how the H50 has significantly more contact, retaining a good footprint

Contact patch comparison also shows how the H50 has significantly more contact, retaining a good footprint

Another aspect of the cruiser segment was also ensuring a good balance of vertical stiffness on the H50 tyre construction, which helps ride comfort on long trips, where the tyre is able to assist in absorbing road inconsistencies, alongside the suspension.

This was achieved by strategic reinforcement on the carcass and envelope, while balancing rigidity and shock absorption, with Bridgestone also claiming improved vibration damping.

Assisting with the contact patch and comfort is the tyre vertical stiffness, which is lower than the competitor to provide better bump absorption, plus plenty of contact, without adversely effecting handling

Assisting with the contact patch and comfort is the tyre vertical stiffness, which is lower than the competitor to provide better bump absorption, plus plenty of contact, without adversely effecting handling

Stay tuned for Mick’s full impressions on the Bridgestone Battlecruise H50s on his Yamaha XV1900!

Bridgestone Battlecruise H50 – Bias Sizes Front

  • 130/90HB16 H50F Tbl (67H) $189.00
  • 130/90HB16 H50F Tbl (73H) $199.00
  • 100/80H17 H50F Tbl (52H) $129.95
  • 130/80HB17 H50F Tbl (65H) $209.95
  • 130/70HB18 H50F Tbl (63H) $209.95
  • 100/90HB19 H50F Tbl (57H) $179.00
  • 130/60HB19 H50F Tbl (61H) $219.95
  • 80/90H21 H50F Tbl (54H) $159.00
  • 130/60HB21 H50F Tbl (63H) $229.95

Bridgestone Battlecruise H50 – Bias Sizes Rear

  • 130/90HB16 H50R Tbl (73H) $219.00
  • 140/90HB16 H50R Tbl (77H) $229.00
  • 150/80HB16 H50R Tbl (77H) $239.00
  • 180/65HB16 H50R Tbl (81H) $299.95
  • 180/70HB16 H50R Tbl (77H) $309.95
  • 160/70VB17 H50R Tbl (73V) $249.00
  • 180/60VB17 H50R Tbl (75V) $319.95
  • 180/55HB18 H50R Tbl (80H) $319.95
Bridgestone Battlecruise H50 Tyres

Bridgestone Battlecruise H50 Tyres

Bridgestone Battlecruise H50 – Radial Sizes Front

  • 140/75VR17 H50F Tbl (67V) $249.95
  • 120/70ZR18 H50F Tbl (59W) $229.95
  • 120/70ZR19 H50F Tbl (60W) $239.95

Bridgestone Battlecruise H50 – Radial Sizes Rear

  • 140/75HR15 H50R Tbl (65H) $229.95
  • 150/60ZR17 H50R Tbl (66W) $279.95
  • 200/55VR17 H50R Tbl (78V) $329.95
  • 240/40VR18 H50R Tbl (79V) $339.95
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