GREENVILLE, S.C., Dec. 12, 2016 – The light-truck industry was redefined in 1976 when BFGoodrich Tires released its first Radial All-Terrain T/A tire. Forty years later, the latest all-terrain tire ─ the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 ─ will continue to set the off-road standard on the reengineered 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, the most capable factory-available off-road pickup truck.
GREENVILLE, S.C. – BFGoodrich Tires recognizes two major milestones for the brand and the off-road industry at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. The brand celebrates forty years since the introduction of its Radial All-Terrain T/A™ tire as well as its entry into SCORE Baja desert racing.
In 1975, BFGoodrich engineers traveled to Baja California, Mexico to test a new concept – a radial light truck tire for both off and on-road use. The company learned quickly that they could use the Baja peninsula as a real-life laboratory to develop tires. If they could withstand the grueling terrain of Baja, they had something.
BFGoodrich Tires unveiled its newest all-terrain tire, the KO2 T/A, back in 2014 to replace its long-standing KO all-terrain as its new flagship off-road tire. BFG just announced today that it is expanding its offerings for the KO2, a tire it hails as its “most advanced light truck tire ever.”
Most 4x4s will go surprisingly far off the pavement in showroom-stock form, but if you’re serious about wheeling, you need to build your rig into something more.
The new Extreme Country mud-terrain tire from Dick Cepek is one the newest additions to the tire line and is now available in 18 popular 15- to 20-inch sizes for trucks, Jeeps and 4x4s. This purpose-driven tire has been thoughtfully designed for sportsmen and off-road enthusiasts with a proven tread compound for excellent traction, responsive handling, even wear, longer life and a smoother, quieter ride.
Buffalo, NY: Dunlop’s new Geomax® MX32TM and MX52TM tires have dominated AMA Supercross and Motocross, and these next-generation tires have now made their mark on the international FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship. This series is especially competitive for tire manufacturers, with five brands actively competing. Yet it was Dunlop that came out on top at the opening round, and decisively so.
Formerly known as MX1, the MXGP series features 450cc four-stroke machines, while the 250cc class retains its MX2 title. The opening round in Losail, Qatar, saw Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Gautier Paulin take the overall win (3-1) aboard his KX450F, while Max Nagl followed right behind to earn second overall (1-4) riding his Team HRC Honda CRF450R—with both Dunlop-sponsored riders using race-spec MX32 tires front and rear. Paulin’s Monster Energy Kawasaki teammate Steven Frossard finished a strong fourth on the day aboard the same tires, barely missing a podium sweep for Dunlop.
STOW, OH – The new Deegan 38 mud-terrain tire and SideBiter II Wheel from Mickey Thompson have each earned a 2013 Global Media Award. Petr Likholitov from Polniy Privod 4×4 representing the Russian Republic selected the Deegan 38 tire for this honor, and Henry Pierini from Auto Zulia representing Venezuela selected the SideBiter II wheel.
Introduced in 2004, the SEMA Global Media Awards Program recognizes specialty equipment product manufacturers considered to have mass appeal to consumers in countries outside the U.S. Each judge carefully reviews and evaluates nearly 2,500 product entries before selecting the products that they feel would be of greatest interest to their readers, and most likely to succeed commercially.
With a focus on customer friendliness, the redesigned ITP site allows consumers to easily access important technical, application and product information right from the homepage. Visitors are also treated to a rotating news banner on the homepage, reporting the latest ATV and side-by-side vehicle race results, new product announcements and the ITP “Machine of the Month.”
“We wanted to provide consumers with a website that was easy to navigate and full of tire-and-wheel information that appealed to the average ATV and UTV owner,” said Rhett Turpin, Powersports Director of Sales & Marketing, Clinton, Tenn. Turpin also lauded the new technology employed in the site. “If you see a tire or wheel you’re interested in, you can roll your pointer on it and a list of recommended terrain that product is best used for will pop up,” added Turpin.
Two young guns, armed with off road racing tires from BFGoodrich, proved their mettle through 14 rounds of the 2013 Traxxas TORC series presented by AMSOIL season to claim class championships. Team BFGoodrich member Bryce Menzies won his third straight Pro 2 title and Luke Johnson dominated the Pro Buggy class to claim his first season title.
Additionally, Team BFGoodrich member Rob MacCachren tallied seven wins this season to finish second in Pro 2 and third in Pro 4. Brad Lovell took the final race of the season in Primm, Nev. to solidify third place overall for the season in the Pro Light class.
Menzies, coming in with a sizable lead in the standings, solidified the title with his third place run on Saturday. For Luke Johnson, it was academic roughly half way through the season as he dominated the year with eight wins and clinched the title in late August in Crandon, Wisc.