Pirelli Angel Sport Touring Rear Tire
I have ran multiple sets of angel ST tires on my 08 BMW R1200RT. I have ridden on many different brands and models of tires over the years and while I would say most tires have a bit better tread life, nothing is as predictable and confidence inspiring as the Angel ST. Their traction is hands down superb over any other tire that has been on my bike. I've had numerous bikes over the years and have always favored the Pirelli brand for their superior performance in both wet and dry weather. The biggest sacrifice you make with Pirellis is tread life. And their tires seem to run a bit more expensive than the others. But, when that contact patch is the only thing keeping you and your bike from the roadway, I think the Angel ST is the best tire for a sport touring bike. Also if you are on a heavier bike such as my BMW, I definitely recommend the "E spec" rear tire. I noticed running the standard rear tire that I had a lot of sidewall flex which gave the feeling of a flat tire.
I would have given Pirelli Angel ST 5 stars, but I know tread life is a big concern for many people. And if you are strictly a fair weather commuter, this tire isn't ideal for you.
November 25, 2013
Sticks like glue but only 90 hp killed it
6714 miles on a 90 hp R1100RT and the cords were showing so the only reason I bought another is because they stick like glue and in order to keep a matched set I bought another rear
September 30, 2013
Good looking smart tire for supersport bike owners who do more tour riding!!
These tires are perfect for the type of riding I do. I typically do tour riding with my Lady on the back, and occasionally hit it a little harder when I'm out with the fellas. It holds it's own! This is the tire for the biker who rides in all kinds of weather and on all kinds of roads who wants to ride hard (but not dragging the knee) and do lots of tour riding!!
May 13, 2013
Great in all situations
The Angel ST is an amazing tire, especially with my little SV650. I'm on my second rear after only 3000 miles, but that was no fault of the tire. There was an evil bolt in a curve that decided to cut the life of the tire short. The front tire is sitting at 4000 miles and it didn't wear through the angel design until close to 1200 miles. In most situations I'm able to handle wet road conditions like taking turns when it's dry on lesser tires. Don't let the taboo of a "sport touring" tire scare you away on this one. I've tried multiple other tires that simply did not hold up to wear of an every day rider that puts on more than 40k miles a year. The Pirelli Angel St tires are more than capable of handling whatever is thrown at them on the street... except maybe bolts. But that's the kryptonite of all tires.
March 13, 2013
Stable and sure footed
Pirelli Angel ST have a surefooted, reassuring feel when you're leaned over hard having fun!
April 8, 2013
Awesome Commuter Tire
Well I am at about 8k miles on this set of tires I bought and I can say dude I am impressed. I do the weekend canyon riding and then ride every day to work. I bought them for their long time wear time but didn't expect to hold up on canyons as they have. All I can say they are awesome. Definitely going to stay with Pirelli tires as I progress with my riding skills and as for the Angels for the everyday rider this is the tire for you.
November 27, 2012
Love the Angels
The Angels are great, I'm on my second set. My SV650 does double duty commuting mon-fri and canyon carving on Sunday. This is a great tire for that because it wears long, and grips great. When I get caught in a rain storm, I don't have any problems with the wet handling.
My first rear Angel ended it's life by developing a bit of a flat spot, then showing cords in the center a little sooner than I was expecting. I realized I must have been running the pressure too low. Now I'm running 41psi for commuting and 39psi for the Sunday rides. I know that may seem a bit high for an SV, but at 41psi I get great wear and excellent fuel economy. And at 39psi I can still ride the tire all the way to the edge and drag knee. I have no grip issues with those pressures.
Bottom line is that this is a great sport touring tire. Sure, you can get longer life with a more traditional touring tire; but you have to make a compromise on wear to get this outstanding grip.
I used to run hyper sport tires on my SV (Pirelli Rosso Corsa, Dunlop Q2) but what's the point when the Angel has all the grip I need on the street, is about the same price and wears much longer?
October 15, 2012
I have both rear and front Angels on. So far have done 1500 miles on them, including track day in non-stop rain. They hold very well, doesnt slip even on metal joints in my parking lot. Easy to turn as well. Wet traction is really good as well in my track experience.
Tread life could be better, though. It is showing quite a bit already. If I'm lucky might squeeze some 5000 miles out of them.
October 12, 2012