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Advice

Original Equipment (OE) Motorcycle Tyres

09 May 2012

Valentino Rossi

Bridgestone manufactures Original Equipment (OE) tyres for a wide range of motorcycles, ensuring carefully tailored performance for each bike.

Bridgestone manufactures riginal Equipment (OE) tyres for a wide range of motorcycles. These tyres have been developed in close conjunction with each motorcycle manufacturer to optimise the handling of the bike in question. The changes made to the standard specification tyre can be many or they can be simple, it all depends on the requirements stipulated by the motorcycle manufacturer. Variations can encompass changes to steering characteristics, handling, wear-rate, grip level and improvements in high-speed stability. In fact the list of possible changes is virtually endless.

Because of this we always recommend that OE tyres should be replaced like for like. If alternative tyre recommendations have been approved by Bridgestone they will also appear in the fitment guide listing for each bike, but it must be emphasised that alternative fitments should only be used in the matched pairs shown for each bike. For correct fitment and inflation pressure recommendations always refer to Bridgestone Fitment Guidelines, avilable from Tyre Dealers or direct from Bridgestone.

Sometimes we approve the fitment of OE tyres on bikes other than the bike they were developed for. This is done because our development engineers and riders know that the changes made to the standard version of a tyre, in order to turn it into an OE-specification tyre, would also have benefits when fitted to certain other bikes. But this only follows extensive testing by Bridgestone development riders and it must not be assumed that any OE-spec tyre can be fitted on any motorcycle.

Bridgestone manufactures Original Equipment (OE) tyres for a wide range of motorcycles, ensuring carefully tailored performance for each bike.