Bridgestone Exedra Max Review: The Key Metric Japanese Cruiser Tire

The Bridgestone Exedra Max is a tire that has been a staple in the Japanese cruiser-riding community for years. It has been a part of the Bridgestone family since 1984 and has since become the key metric Japanese cruiser tire.

It is the go-to tire for heavy bike cruisers, including the Suzuki Boulevard, Honda VTX, and Shadow, and other bikes that are longer and have a heavier weight distribution with more weight resting on the rear tire. The Exedra Max is a rock-solid tire that handles well in straight-line and curved riding.

But, the main question I will answer in this review will be: Is this the best cruiser tires for you? Let’s find out!

Bridgestone Exedra Max

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Features

  • Tubeless
  • Provides longer mileage
  • Enhanced water evacuation

A Reliable Choice for Metric Cruiser Japanese Bikes

The Exedra Max is available in both front and rear tire fitments, with 13 sizes for each. It is a single compound tire that provides a good wet grip thanks to an array of transversal grooves and a center groove on the tire.

The front tire has a negative groove pattern that is set up differently based on the bike’s weight distribution.

It is a tire that is built for heavy bikes meant to be enjoyed in straight lines but that can also handle curves and sharp turns.

Continuous Research and Development

Bridgestone has been continuously improving the Exedra Max tire for over 25 years, working closely with motorcycle manufacturers to ensure that it works well on a cruiser or touring motorcycles.

The tire is designed using CAD technology, built by hand, and continually tested to ensure its quality and reliability.

Multiple Sizes for Different Bikes

The Exedra Max is available in both radial and bias ply applications and fits most of the different cruisers available in the market today.

Each size is unique, with construction done differently based on the size of the tire, the materials used, and the belt package. The tire’s construction ensures it performs well on small and heavier motorcycles.

Front Tire SizesRear Tire Sizes
120/70ZR18M/C (59W)170/70B16M/C 75H
130/70R18M/C 63H180/60R16M/C 74H
120/70ZR19M/C (60W)180/70R16M/C 77H
130/70R19M/C 66H200/55R16M/C 77V
110/80R19M/C 59H200/50ZR17M/C (75W)
100/90-19M/C 57H200/55ZR17M/C (78W)
110/90-19M/C 62H180/55ZR18M/C (74W)
90/90-21M/C 54H

Excellent Grip and Comfortable Ride

The Exedra Max features a brand-new rubber compound that blends the best of several compounds to provide excellent grip and a comfortable ride.

The tread pattern is designed to dissipate water and works well in wet conditions. The tire also has a fairly flat crown, providing a stable footprint that gives heavy cruisers a nice feel on the road.

Features and Benefits

FeaturesBenefits
Available in 13 sizesEasy to find a perfect fit for your bike
Single compound tireGood wet grip
Transversal grooves & center grooveImproved traction on wet roads
Negative groove patternOptimized for weight distribution of the bike, provides stability in curves and turns
Continuous research and developmentOptimized for the weight distribution of the bike, provides stability in curves and turns
CAD-designed and hand-builtQuality construction for excellent performance and durability
Brand new rubber compoundComfortable ride and excellent grip
Fairly flat crownThe stable footprint for heavy cruisers provides a smooth ride
Available in radial and bias ply applicationsHigh-quality and reliable performance

Our Likes and Dislikes

I have put over 16k miles on the tire, and it still has more to go. So as far as longevity goes, it is good value for your money.

The two best things I like about this tire are it handles well in almost all conditions with good grip. The second thing I liked is that the pair option for front and rear makes it easier when choosing a pair of tires.

I have seen some reviews stating that the reader tire was on the wear bar at only 8000 miles and another at only 3500 miles, but I didn’t have the same problem.

As far as the tire wearing away quickly, I think it has more to do with how the bike is set up, not the actual tire itself. After all, other are many different bikes you could put any tire on, and it will perform differently on each one.

Conclusion

The Bridgestone Exedra Max is a high-quality tire that provides excellent grip, a comfortable ride, and stability.

It is designed for heavy bikes and has been continuously improved through years of research and development.

If you are looking for a reliable tire for your cruiser or touring motorcycle, the Bridgestone Exedra Max is an excellent choice.

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