Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 Tire Review

Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 tire review
We review the new Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 tires, which offer improved stability, handling, braking distances, and mileage versus the S22. (Photos courtesy Bridgestone)

When choosing a motorcycle tire, what do you look for? The answer varies from person to person. For my street riding, I prioritize longevity, grip, and price. Due to its versatility and reliability, Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 tires have been my trusted companion on the streets, during spirited canyon rides, and even on the racetrack. Given my extensive experience with the S22, I was excited to try the new Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 tires.

Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 tire review
Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 tires have updated compounds and a new tread pattern (front tire on left, rear tire on right).

Building on the solid foundation of the S22, Bridgestone’s goals in developing the S23 were “improved handling precision, maximum stability, and incredible grip, even in wet conditions” as well as better mileage. The S23 tires maintain the same shape and MS-Belt construction as the S22 but feature new compounds and a new tread pattern.

Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 tire review
Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 tires on the Buell Hammerhead 1190

The updated compounds offer increased grip thanks to additional carbon and a newly developed “grip improver” that makes it easier for the tire to follow the road surface. The front shoulder and rear edge of the S23 also has optimized resin components for better grip at high lean angles.

Compared to the S22, the new tread pattern has a higher land-sea ratio (more rubber, fewer grooves) and higher pattern stiffness, contributing to improved handling, dry/wet traction, and feedback. Bridgestone’s proprietary Pulse Groove technology was added to the rear tire, improving water drainage and grip in wet conditions.

Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 tire review
Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 tires use the same shape and MS-Belt construction as the S22, but with a new tread pattern and different compounds.

Bridgestone’s testing has shown faster dry and wet lap times, shorter braking distances, and improved mileage for the S23 compared to the S22.

For a real-world test of the new Hypersport S23s, Bridgestone hosted a press launch in Encinitas, California. There was a variety of sporty motorcycles on hand, allowing me to evaluate the tires on several motorcycles, including the Suzuki GSX-S1000, Indian FTR1200, and Buell Hammerhead 1190.

Related: Suzuki GSX-S1000 Road Test Review

Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 tire review
Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 tires on the Suzuki GSX-S1000

Starting our ride on city streets and backroads aboard the S23-shod Suzuki, a sense of familiarity washed over me. The transition from the S22 to its successor felt seamless, like greeting an old friend. As we navigated the initial turns, the inherent stability afforded by the S23 became immediately evident, instilling confidence in every lean and maneuver.

On our way to lunch in the mountain town of Julian, I put the S23s through their paces, eager to gauge their responsiveness and grip. Despite my deliberate attempts to upset the tires, they maintained their hold on the road surface. Even when I pushed the limits, accelerating out of corners a little too fast, the S23s exhibited reassuring grip even as the TC light flashed, indicating some rear wheel slip.

Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 tire review
The Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 rear tire features Pulse Groove technology for better water dispersion.

After lunch, we descended from the mountains to the desert on the tightly winding roads of Banner Grade (CA Route 78), a perfect playground to test the tires’ responsiveness in the sort of twisties where most riders will put them to use. Negotiating each curve, I found my confidence bolstered by the stability and predictability of the S23s.

The ultimate test awaited us as Keith Culver, an instructor from Yamaha Champions Riding School, led our group down Engineers Road, a narrow, unpainted byway full of abrupt transitions and tight technical corners. Despite the demanding terrain, I was impressed by the front tire’s ability to maintain grip under hard, downhill braking.

Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 tire review
Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 tires on the Indian FTR1200

On the sunny day of our test, we didn’t have an opportunity to evaluate the wet handling characteristics of the S23s. Nor did we evaluate them on a racetrack. For what it’s worth, the Yamaha Champions Riding School runs S23s on its fleet of Yamaha sportbikes.

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After a full day of thrashing three different bikes shod with Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 tires, I can confidently say that they exceed the excellent standards set by the S22s. They offer confident grip, reassuring stability, and outstanding handling on a variety of roads. The ZR17 tires are available in one front (120/70) and five rear (160/60, 180/55, 190/50, 190/55, and 200/55) sizes starting at $249.49.


  1. While I appreciate the review, and it’s good to know the S23’s are as good as or superior to the S22’s, what I’d really like to know is how they compare to the competition. How well do the S23’s perform relative to other brands’ equivalent tires? Brand beginning with M, the brand beginning with D, the brand beginning with P… etc. Do the S23’s last longer or wear quicker? Are the S23’s stickier or less sticky than the others? Do the S23’s offer easier or harder turn-in on cornering? Are the S23’s better in the wet vs the others, or worse, or about the same?

    • This was a single-tire test hosted by Bridgestone. Other tires were not available for testing. You start seeing brand-to-brand comparisons in the coming months.

  2. I enjoyed 8300 miles on S22 on a Versys1000. Initial turn in was really fun. I’ll look for some of these updated vesions on my next set. Just love a new set of tires!

    • I only get 4,000 miles out of my S22’s riding mountain twisties. Still great tires though. Just did 2,000 miles on the new s23 last weekend. Curious to see how the s23 look on my next 2k mile ride.

  3. Having gone from S22s to S23s on my BMW R1250rs I would agree with the conclusion that Bridgestone has taken a really good tire and made it better. There isn’t much squirm in the old tire and less now. In fact even with my heavy sport tourer I run 32pso front and 34 rear. Much better road feel with the pressures dropped a bit

  4. Is Bridgestone planning to offer more sizes for the S23 in the future? Their S22 comes in more sizes (in particular, my bike’s sizes).


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