Bridgestone Battlax SC2 test: Introduction and positioning
The Bridgestone Battlax SC2 are the top of the pyramid in the Japanese firm’s scooter tire catalogue. Natural evolution of the Battlax SC still in the catalogue, it adds to this the three-layer 3LC technology, typical of sports tires for large-displacement motorcycles.
Intended for sports scooters and maxi scooters, there is also the Battlax SC2 Rain variant, designed for scooters that circulate in rainier areas. Among its rivals, we find tires intended for maxi scooters, such as the Michelin Pilot Power 3 Scooter, Pirelli Diablo Rosso Scooter or Dunlop GPR-100, although they do not have a display of technology similar to that of the Battlax SC2.
Bridgestone Battlax SC2 Test: Battlax SC2 Technology
Since the performance of current maxiscooters has reached the levels of many sports motorcycles, Bridgestone wanted to extend the excellence of the technologies used in its best sports tires to its best scooter tire.
The previous Battlax SC is already a good tire, but there was still a step up from the technology used in the brand’s best tires. That gap no longer exists. Bridgestone’s exclusive technologies can be divided into two groups: those related to physics or chemistry. Some are as important as the others, overlapping their characteristics and qualities to achieve the best performance.
In the first group we have the High Strength Bonded Cord (HTSPC). It consists of a steel cord composed of individually insulated internal rubber filaments with high thermal conductivity, so that they can transfer heat from the contact surface to the rest of the tire to promote stability, grip, absorption and durability. high speed.
In the longitudinal direction of the tire we find the Mono Spiral Belt (MS). These are lightweight and durable laces, providing a soft grip feeling. They reduce the final weight, provide rotational stability and the cushioning effect that corresponds to the tires so often forgotten.
The great novelty of the Battlax SC2 is the inclusion of 3LC (3-Layer Compound) technology, that is, a triple-layer compound for the front tire. The center of the tread is a hard double compound, in order to offer stability under sudden braking, control on straight lines and excellent durability. On the sides of the tire there is a soft and grippy compound, intended to achieve maximum grip when cornering.
Although there is a Battlax SC2 Rain version with a special pattern of its grooves, all Battlax SC2 contain exclusive chemical technologies, among which Silica Rich stands out, which indicates that the tire is rich in Silica, a hydrophobic compound that guarantees grip. very effective in the wet.
If silica guarantees grip, RC Polymer improves the wear resistance of the tires to guarantee a long life. As durability and grip are often antagonistic terms, Bridgestone’s NanoPro-Tech™ technology is of particular importance, which optimizes tire performance at a molecular level, helping to reduce friction, heat and tread deformation during driving. rotation of the tire, thus improving the grip of the tread and, at the same time, its useful life.
Bridgestone Battlax SC2 test: The test (Pipe’s opinion)
To test the best tire for maxiscooter, it is inevitable to have the reference of the category: the Yamaha T-Max, inventor of the maxiscooter segment at the beginning of the 21st century and which, now converted into an aspirational product, has crossed the line of being sold beyond of what it was designed for.
The first surprise is that the Yamaha T-Max is equipped with the Battlax SC2 as standard!, so you can get an idea of the excellence of the tire. To find a reference, we needed its biggest rival: the SYM Maxsym TL508, a magnificent sports maxi scooter that plays (and in a very good way) the value for money card.
It goes without saying that very soon you will be able to enjoy the comparison between both on Soymotero.net
We decided to equip both of them with a brand new set of Bridgestone Battlax SC2s and thus leave on equal terms. Of course, there were no surprises with the Yamaha T-Max, as it did not vary from its “normal conditions” of excellence.
We could only corroborate the dynamic capabilities of the T-Max, which you will be able to compare shortly with the SYM Maxsym TL508, in which we were able to verify the differences with its stock tire, more focused on durability.
The first difference I could see is that the way I drive the TL508 changed, all as a result of the confidence they provide, but let’s go in parts. With the stock tires, I perceived the weight distribution of the TL 508 to be quite neutral during braking, for the simple reason that I was not really relying on the front axle at the entrance to the curves.
With the Battlax SC2 mounted, the first thing I feel is immediate confidence when braking into corners. The tire reaches operating temperature immediately, a key issue on a scooter, a vehicle often used for short distances. Before you know it, your confidence rises to the point that it changed my perception of how to carry the TL508.
In the same way that it is intended for sports use, it is not abrupt when entering a curve, nor does it resist, but rather it offers that sensation of grip in a continuous way, due to having a homogeneous and, in a certain way, natural profile.
What you feel is what you expected to happen, such is the degree of confidence, especially in the front axle, perhaps the result of the new technology incorporated, 3LC, which allows us to enjoy a compound with a lot of grip on the sides.
Despite having tested the tires during a week in autumn, we did not have the opportunity to test it in the wet. I wouldn’t have minded having either of these two maxiscooters for the rest of the fall to be able to give you a well-founded opinion…
As Pipe has already introduced the concepts and technologies that Bridgestone implements in this Battlax SC2 and has described the test we have carried out, in addition to giving us his feelings, in the following paragraphs I am going to focus on telling you mine. I think that if you have a sporty maxi scooter, it should be fitted with tires that do it justice and I can tell you that my opinion of these Bridgestone Battlax SC2 is very positive.
The tire is the last link in the chain that connects us to the road and its physical structure intervenes in the movements and reactions of our scooter. It acts as a second suspension and depending on its mechanical properties, it can be more “bouncy” or more “dry”. I find that this Battlax SC2 offers a firm and even floating feel. There are no sudden changes in sensation, firmness or grip when lying down, and it is uniform throughout the tread, without strange rebounds when lying down or changes in behavior.
As for grip, I feel that it is very good in the dry and gives a lot of confidence to load on the front axle without hesitation. It is certainly more complicated to put a lot of weight on the front axle on a scooter, but in hard braking or during cornering, it feels good to have a rubber that offers the confidence that these SC2s give.
The good performance of the front axle is probably due to Bridgestone’s Silica Rich technology, which, among other things, increases the silica richness of the front tire compound.
I have the feeling that these Battlax SC2 warm up quickly and work well in a temperature range that is very suitable for Spain. It is true that we have rainier regions than others, for that there is a Battlax SC2 Rain version that promises improved wet response.
In general and beyond technical and marketing terms, I found the Bridgeston Battlax SC2 to be a great tire for a maxi scooter. It has a uniform lie, without surprises, and offers very reliable grip in curves, especially in the front axle. It is not advisable to skimp on tires even if we are talking about a scooter.
In the case of the Yamaha T-Max or the Sym Maxsym TL508, they are machines with incredible performance for their segment and there is no point in messing with the tires.