Bridgestone’s new Battlax BT-028 radials will be the only original fitment on the new Yamaha VMAX when the power cruiser hits the street in 2009.
The machine will be riding on 120/70 R18 (59V) on the front and 200/50 R18 (76V) on the rear.
The front tyre features a multi-cross belt construction with a compound chosen for light handling and longer wear life for touring sport. Optimisation of the pattern, compound and construction gives the front tyre a light and neutral handling character, making it easier to control big and powerful bikes.
The rear tyre pattern with its newly-designed solid blocks offers outstanding traction to deliver the massive power of the VMAX to the road surface. The Steel Mono Spiral Belt with High Tensile Super Penetrated Cord enhances slide controllability and line-holding through corners. The optimised pattern configuration helps increase wet performance while reducing noise.
Fans have been eagerly awaiting the new Yamaha VMAX which has received high praise from the motorcycle press. Retaining all the expressive personality of the previous VMAX generation, this hyperbike with its light, compact chassis and aluminium main frame is designed both for lightning straight-line performance and plenty of excitement on the curves.
Bridgestone has a long and successful relationship with Yamaha, designing and supplying original equipment fitments for a range of machines including the YZF-R6 hypersport, roadsters and cruisers. Since 2008, this list also includes the legendary Valentino Rossi and the Fiat Yamaha MotoGP team.