Introducing the Bridgestone Battlax Racing RS11
In the ever-evolving world of motorcycle tires, the Bridgestone Battlax Racing RS11 stands as a testament to Bridgestone’s commitment to quality and performance. Having recently transitioned to my second tire, it’s been quite the journey. Every ride feels like a new adventure, and as I find myself amidst the breathtaking backdrop of an Arizona sunset, I can’t help but reflect on my experiences with this tire.
Pushing the Boundaries: The RS11 on Streets
The RS11 isn’t just a track tire; it’s been my companion on the streets as well. Admittedly, I might have pushed its limits more than I should have. My riding buddies never miss an opportunity to tease me about it. “One more ride,” I’d always counter, promising that each would be the last. But such has been the allure of this tire that I often found myself breaking that promise. The sheer thrill it offers, the connection between the road and the rider, is something hard to resist.
Track Experiences and Durability
The RS11 has also seen its fair share of track action. I vividly remember heading to Chuckwalla with a brand new set. Fast forward 2,000 miles, and the tire’s resilience is evident. Not only has it held up remarkably well, but its performance remains unparalleled.
The grip is phenomenal, instilling a level of confidence I hadn’t felt with other tires. It’s not just about speed or cornering; it’s about the trust that when you lean into a curve, the RS11 has your back.
A Rider’s Evolution
Motorcycling has been a part of my life for years. However, sport bikes weren’t always my go-to. Originally, my journey with motorcycles was borne out of necessity. But over the past five to six years, my passion for sport bikes has blossomed. And with the RS11, it feels like I’ve found the perfect companion for this new chapter of my riding life.
Reliving My Journey with the Bike and RS11
I’ve been riding this bike since 2015, and while I’ve never considered myself a knee-dragging enthusiast, the Bridgestone Battlax Racing RS11 changed that perception. This tire’s exceptional stickiness and confidence-boosting performance led me to experience an exhilarating ride at Chuckwalla. It wasn’t just a mere brush against the tarmac; I was genuinely wearing down my knee gear in full-radius turns. This tire transformed my riding experience, making each moment on it memorable and thrilling. It genuinely saddens me to part ways with such an incredible piece of engineering.
The Road Challenges for RS11
Despite the RS11’s phenomenal performance, it does face challenges on regular roads, especially here in Arizona. While our state boasts fantastic routes perfect for enthusiastic riders, the journey to these ideal spots often involves long commutes. This results in excessive wear on the tire’s center. The softer shoulder compound, although excellent for corners, further exacerbates this wear during prolonged road trips. It’s crucial to remember that this tire is primarily advertised for track use. Most online resources emphasize its track usage, discussing track-specific PSI settings and barely touching upon regular road usage. This skewed representation was one of the reasons I felt compelled to share my personal experience, hoping to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the RS11’s capabilities.
RS11: Track Beast with Road Limitations
While the Bridgestone Battlax Racing RS11 truly shines on the track, its performance on long road commutes raises some concerns. Many riders might be tempted by the allure of its impeccable track reputation, but it’s essential to recognize its limitations on regular roads, especially during extended rides. It’s a tire with unmatched prowess on the tracks, but with some reservations for daily commutes.
Pushing the Tire to its Limits on the Road
There’s often a debate among riders about whether certain tires, especially those designed primarily for the track, can be fully utilized on regular roads. When I first heard of the Bridgestone Battlax Racing RS11, many argued that its full potential would never be realized on ordinary streets.
With my trusty Kawasaki, a powerhouse churning out 200 horsepower and 115-foot pounds of torque to the rear wheel, I took on this challenge head-on. The results? Phenomenal. This tire has consistently inspired confidence, making each ride exhilarating. The grip, the feel, the thrill – it’s all been a fantastic journey, especially when I decided to push its limits at Chuckwalla on this machine.
Performance Vs. Durability
However, everything comes at a cost. In the case of the RS11, its superior road performance seems to inversely affect its longevity. Clocking in at just around 2000 miles, I found myself changing tires more frequently than I’d have liked. This particular tire was, in fact, my second set. While I originally purchased them specifically for the thrill of Chuckwalla, their road performance kept me hooked, despite the rapid wear.
The Verdict: Would I Reinvest?
Would I buy the Bridgestone Battlax Racing RS11 again? Absolutely, especially for a dedicated track day. For regular road use, however, I’d weigh the fantastic grip and performance against its shorter lifespan. If there’s a great deal to be had, perhaps around 160 bucks for the rear tire, then it’s a definite repurchase for me. The exhilarating experience of leaving my buddies trailing in the canyons, coupled with the tire’s unparalleled stability, has been unforgettable. One minor caveat – the tire does ride a bit on the firm side, likely due to its stiff carcass, but the trade-off for the performance it delivers is well worth it. As the sun sets, it marks not just the end of a day, but also the end of my journey with this set of RS11s.
Handling Wet Conditions
Rainy days are often a test for any tire, especially when roads turn slippery. Riding today, I encountered those very conditions. With the Battlax RS11’s cold state and damp streets, the grip wasn’t at its best. They proved to be a bit slippery under these conditions, emphasizing the need for caution. Nevertheless, the tire’s main forte isn’t necessarily wet weather prowess.
RS11 vs S22: A Comparative Insight
Bridgestone’s Battlax RS11, a street racing gem, shines in its domain. While there are sale offers that might tempt you, it’s essential to pick the right tire based on your specific needs. The S22, for instance, is an all-rounder. If your journey involves commuting to canyons and alike, the S22 might be a better pick. However, for those riding powerful beasts and possessing the requisite skills, the RS11 stands tall, especially for track days. If you’re in search of a slick tire that doesn’t demand warmers, the RS11 is undeniably a strong contender. Its stickiness, combined with its aggressive nature, ensures top-notch performance, particularly on the edges where it exhibits impressive wear resistance.
A Closer Look at Wear and Tear
Every ride with the RS11 felt like an exploration. The moment I’d park my bike in the garage, an immediate inspection of the tire would showcase its progressive wear. It’s almost uncanny how, after just about 50 miles, I could spot visible wear signs. Reaching the wear bar was inevitable, and soon after, the tire surpassed even that. Yet, it’s this very aspect that underscores its aggressive performance on the road.
In the vast world of tires, the Battlax RS11 stands as an exemplar of performance and aggression. For those willing to invest, it promises a thrilling ride. However, a word of caution: if your journeys predominantly involve commuting, this might not be the best fit. Prioritize according to your needs, and if performance on the track or aggressive rides are on the agenda, the RS11 won’t disappoint. Until our paths cross again, always remember to embrace the joy of riding and seize every moment on the road.