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Bridgestone’s Battlax motorcycle tires have gained recognition in the streetbike segment for its versatile performance on a variety of new and used motorcycles. The Battlax-series launched in ‘83 and is positioned as the ultimate “hypersport” streetbike tire from the Japanese rubber giant. The words “battle” and “axe” were morphed to signify the tire’s honed performance edge. For 2024 it has something fresh in the form of its Battlax S23. It supersedes the Battlax S22 (introduced in 2019) and the now discontinued Battlax S21 (introduced in 2016).

We try out Bridgestone’s new for 2024 Battlax S23 high-performance streetbike tires.
We try out Bridgestone’s new for 2024 Battlax S23 high-performance streetbike tires. (Jonathan Godin/)

Editor’s note: Please review the Bridgestone Debuts Battlax S23 Sportbike Tires for 2024 article and Top 5 Features of Bridgestone’s Battlax S23 Motorcycle Tires article and videos for supplementary insight on this product.

Bridgestone’s Battlax S23 rear tire continues to employ five separate compound zones. The edge compounds have continued to evolve for more cornering grip at high lean angles.
Bridgestone’s Battlax S23 rear tire continues to employ five separate compound zones. The edge compounds have continued to evolve for more cornering grip at high lean angles. (Adam Waheed/)

Positioned below a racing tire (Battlax R11, and the pure-bred track tire Battlax RS-11) but ahead of sport-touring rubber, the Battlax S23 continues to employ a multicompound design front (three compound zones) and rear (five compound zones). The zones are easy to spot during fast-paced trackday rides when the tires get hot enough to define the sections.

Although not a racing tire, the Battlax S23 offers plenty of long-lasting grip for more than one trackday event.
Although not a racing tire, the Battlax S23 offers plenty of long-lasting grip for more than one trackday event. (Adam Waheed/)

Specifically the front edge/shoulder and rear edge benefit from a “optimized resin” with added carbon black (fine black powder) which boosts grip at high lean angles. Although not vastly different from the S22, the S23 is more gummy with ample grip, even on a liter-class bike, so long as you are smooth with throttle application, especially at higher lean angles.

As usual, we love Bridgestone's neutral handling manners that complement a wide variety of sport- and naked bikes.
As usual, we love Bridgestone’s neutral handling manners that complement a wide variety of sport- and naked bikes. (Jonathan Godin/)

One of the standout features of Bridgestones are neutral handling manners. This complements the chassis on most motorcycles and proves more versatile than other major tire manufacturers’ product offering in this segment. The ‘Stones provide a level of stability and responsiveness that instills confidence without having to worry about having the optimum chassis setup to fit the tire (i.e., characteristics of both Dunlop and Pirelli motorcycle tires).

Wet-weather riders will value Bridgestone’s new Pulse Grove technology which allows the tread to have a venturi-like effect to evacuate water more quickly from the tread zones.
Wet-weather riders will value Bridgestone’s new Pulse Grove technology which allows the tread to have a venturi-like effect to evacuate water more quickly from the tread zones. (Adam Waheed/)

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By: Adam Waheed
Title: Bridgestone Battlax S23 Motorcycle Tire Review With Videos
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/gear/bridgestone-battlax-s23-motorcycle-tire-review-with-videos/
Published Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2024 19:16:27 +0000

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Grunter—A Six-Figure Vincent Rapide Headlining Bonhams

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1938 Vincent Series-A Rapide Motorcycle
Countless motorcycle manufacturers popped up in the 1920s and ’30s in Britain, but somehow, none quite as cool as Vincent. High-end speed machines, combining old-school big-displacement twins, monochrome finishes and titillating names like Rapide and Black Shadow, a Vincent V-twin welcomes you into any roundtable of motorcycling, and it’s not hard to see why. A seat rarely opens at the Vincent Owners Club, even more so when you’re talking about an ultra-rare first-series Rapide.

1938 Vincent Series-A Rapide Motorcycle

One of just 79 built, the Series-A Rapide represents Vincent’s first foray into V-twins—an endeavor that established Vincent as the superbike of the day. There are faster Vincents, and on occasion more valuable ones, but the rarity and significance of the Series-A Rapide is hard to overstate. As such, this restored 1938 Rapide highlights Bonhams’ upcoming Spring Stafford Sale with an estimated hammer price of $300,854 to $350,997.

While Vincent didn’t pioneer the V-twin, their execution is at least worthy of an honorable mention. Philip Vincent’s start in motorcycles echoes many of his peers of the era, becoming interested in bikes at a young age and crafting a few ‘specials’ of his own design in the late 1920s. At age 20, Vincent filed a patent for a cantilevered rear suspension design, and with backing from his family, he purchased the financially troubled HRD brand from Howard R Davies in 1928.

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By: Dean Larson
Title: Grunter—A Six-Figure Vincent Rapide Headlining Bonhams
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/vincent-rapide-bonhams
Published Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2024 17:00:38 +0000

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Fast Tubes

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1969 Rennmax BN3Photo: Ian Welsh
1969 Rennmax BN3
Photo: Ian WelshIt can’t be denied that the world of motor racing, both contemporary and historic, is saturated with egos. Some would say that it’s all really driven by egos, and that is sometimes directly connected to the size of the wallet. Perhaps without such egos we wouldn’t have motor racing at all.

So egos are certainly important, but there is something else that’s behind so many involved in motor racing and, in particular, historic motor sport. I am referring of course to the passion that many have for the sport. A passion that is so strong in some that it outweighs the need for podium finishes and is certainly far stronger than whatever shekels may influence others.

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Gordon Murray Automotive’s new T.50 production line

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Premium British vehicle manufacturer Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) has announced a strategic move of its T.50 supercar production to the company’s newly-built Group headquarters at Highams Park, Surrey. The new site has already taken over manufacturing of the GMA T.50 supercar from its previous production facility at Dunsfold Park. This decision will see T.50 manufacturing benefit from a wealth of efficiencies, while enabling the business to streamline carbon fiber monocoque production for T.33 prototypes and future models at Dunsfold Park. Used for development, testing and homologation-related crash testing, the monocoques will now be produced on-site, accelerating the supercar’s pre-production processes.

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GMA advances T.50 production to new Highams Park HQ to streamline future model manufacturingMove sees the continuation of T.50 customer car production at new multi-million-pound facilityDecision enables dedicated T.33 prototype monocoque production at GMA’s Dunsfold Park siteHighams Park will continue to build the T.50, ahead of producing the T.50s, T.33, and T.33 Spider

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Building the new Gordon Murray Group HQ at Highams Park near the village of Windlesham saw investment of more than £50 million, and the creation of a broad range of specialized job roles to support full scale production. The new campus will be the Group’s global headquarters – home to a purpose-built 4,300 square meter Vehicle Production Centre, and the Gordon Murray Heritage collection. The site also features a specially-designed Vehicle Dynamics Test Road, used for final validation and pre-delivery checks of new GMA supercars – all set in 54 acres of beautiful English parkland. For customers opting to take delivery of their cars from Highams Park, the new HQ offers the ideal setting at its dedicated Driving Perfection Customer Centre, where owners can specify, set-up, and take delivery of their GMA supercar.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Gordon Murray Automotive’s new T.50 production line
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Published Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2024 15:42:33 +0000

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