NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC (BFNT) and Power Sports Factory, Inc. (PSF) have announced that a range of Bridgestone brand motorcycle and motorbike tires will be available on the entire line of Power Sports Factory's Andretti/Benelli premium motorbikes by the end of 2008.
"Given BFNT's longstanding relationship with Mario Andretti, and the Bridgestone brand's reputation for high performance motorcycle and motorbike tires, we found this to be a great opportunity to tie the two together," commented Phil Pacsi, Vice President, Consumer Marketing, BFNT. "We are proud that Mario wanted to ensure that our tires would be available on the motorbikes that carry his name."
Added Steve Kempenich, CEO, Power Sports Factory, Inc., "Power Sports Factory is very excited to be able to offer Bridgestone brand tires on our Andretti/Benelli motorbikes. In testing, the performance of our motorbikes dramatically improved when we replaced the original equipment tires with Bridgestone tires. Add in BFNT's legacy of success with the bikes' endorser, Mario Andretti, and you have a perfect fit."
The Bridgestone Battlax BT45 Sport Touring tire offers a silica-enriched compound for tremendous wet and dry grip, while its edges offer performance while cornering. A larger crown radius contributes to great stability for touring at speed. The Battlax BT45 will be available on the Andretti/Benelli M Series.
The Bridgestone Molas ML50 is the Bridgestone brand's core scooter line. The ML50 provides fine dry grip, solid wet performance, riding comfort and long life, and it will be available for the Andretti/Benelli X Series.
Customers of the top-of-the-line Andretti/Benelli XT Series motorbike, with its modern styling and power for high performance on the open road, can choose Bridgestone Molas ML50 for the front tire and the Bridgestone Hoop B02 for the rear. The Hoop B02 is specially designed for today's more powerful high performance scooters, and it provides tremendous dry grip and handling.