Product review: Bridgestone Battlax S21
When you need some new boots on your bike, should you turn to the Bridgestone Battlax S21?
Time tested Four months/1500 miles
This is the first time I have used a Bridgestone tyre and I was impressed. The Battlax S21 is right at home on my Kawasaki ZX-6R and makes the perfect rubber for some swooping country road fun. When they were first fitted I was a little apprehensive, as their profile encourages the bike to drop over on its side quicker than the more touring-orientated tyres I had previously used. Once I got used to this character trait, the behaviour of the bike became perfectly natural and 1500 miles later they still look like new.
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There is sometimes a lack of feel in colder wet conditions. They warm up fairly quickly and retain a decent level of heat, but in temperatures below five degrees they don’t always give you the confidence to lean the bike over. The rear tyre has a tendency to spin up if you wind the throttle on too aggressively, but this can be dialled out at your right wrist.