Bridgestone Europe has introduced the Exedra Max touring tyre for heavy long-distance touring bikes - a boon for South African cruiser fans.The tyres, said to be available in radial and bias structures with 21 sizes for the front and 20 sizes for the rear, will progressively replace the current Exedra touring line-up.Bridgestone says it has taken the best factors from its existing Exedra range and optimised the mix in four major areas of performance: distance, straight-line stabililty, handling and grip - wet or dry. "The result is a tyre that invites riders to 'cruise to the max' on their superweight machines," the tyremaker says.ANTI-WEAR GROOVEVincent van Houtte, Bridgestone Europe's man in charge of motorcycle tyres, said: “Bridgestone has many years of experience in cruiser tyre technology. We have applied this know-how to create one basic design for ultimate riding comfort on all types of heavy cruisers."An inverted V-shaped groove design helps to reduce wear while maximising grip. The grooves positions on both treads enhance linear handling and the impression of rigidity, even with heavy bikes and two-up.On the front pattern, the centre groove improves wet grip and contact feeling. The rear pattern has a centre rib with fewer grooves and a wide contact area for traction and longevity.Straight-line stability is all-important for long distance cruising. Bridgestone has designed the Exedra Max rear tyre with an especially large curve shape to give this stability and comfort on straight roads. With its 5-layer compound for maximum traction at any angle, Exedra Max also provides superb grip, stability and line-holding during cornering.