Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa Front Tires
Excellent everyday & track-day tire
This tire came as OEM equipment on my Ducati Streetfighter 848. I don't have a lot of experience with many other tire brands and/or models ... but I can say that I got 6,600 miles out of this front tire which includes 4 track days & the rest just normal street riding. One of the track days was in light rain and the tire performed great (no slipping, good grip, etc.). I replaced the tire at 6,600 miles just because I have another track day coming up and I didn't want to push my luck on a 2 yr old tire even thought there was still some tread left. Great tire for anyone to pay a little bit more for a confidence inspiring tire.
April 5, 2015
Now from China?
I just replaced my front Corsa, and the rear was probably replaced about 200 miles ago. One odd thing I noticed is that the stock tires had larger spots on them that said "Made In Germany". I ordered the rear from an Revzilla as well, and it showed up looking the same, with the big "Made In Germany". When I received the front (also ordered from Revzilla) I noticed that spot was blank. After looking closer I noticed in much smaller letters that it said "Made In China". After a little research, I found out that Pirelli is indeed making these tires in China now, and that their facility in China is now their biggest worldwide. I noticed no difference in feel between the tires but I'm still a bit unhappy.
I have no issue with China, but the reason everyone is moving their production there is to reduce labor costs. That's all well and good, but then why doesn't the price reflect? If you are going to ask me to pay top dollar for a high end European tire, yet you are making them for less money in China... why do I still need to pay that much?
This traction control thing with the rear tire on my 899 is extremely annoying. The stock TC on the bike acts up if you put a smaller diameter tire on, so I'm stuck with the 180/60 rear. It's like Pirelli and Ducati are in a plot together to make people buy their tires by making them weird sizes. The 848SF has the same rear as tje 899 as well. Look at all the issues with Ducati not wanting anything other than the Pirelli 200/55 on the bigger Panigales during all the group tests when it came out. Fortunately for the bigger bikes, other people are making a 200/55. I really wish Bridgestone would make the S20 in 180/60 because I would switch in a heartbeat.
April 2, 2015
I had the Rosso lls on my 600 and they never let me down. I have a new zx10r and when the oem tires needed to be replaced I put the Rosso Corsas on and couldn't be happier with my choice. I had an index finger wide chicken strip on the oem tires, now I have no chicken strip at all. They're very sticky and fast to warmup, and very confidence inspiring. I would definitely recommend these tires. The only reason I gave them an average rating for milage and wet traction, because I only have a few hundred miles on them and I don't ride in the rain.
May 12, 2015
Came stock on my Ducati 899
So far I have only ridden them on the street and they are incredible. Can't wait to do a track day. The Corsa's are super sticky and give incredible confidence, especially the front. Love em. Would recommend to everyone
April 20, 2015
on my 4th set
Listen, these baby's stick well. The rain traction is fair to good, and they warm up fast. I ride an R1, and these transfer the torque of the throttle right on down to the pavement on hard corners. The life is okay, but if you want something sticky you're gonna have to get used to compromising of tire life.
Buy em. You'll love them.
April 20, 2015
Great Tires For Average Riders
I had high expectations for these tires, but was slightly let down. Tires take a while to heat up, but are pretty sticky once warm. Great tires for commuting and highway riding with a little turns thrown in. For hard riding, these tires wear down quick and are not nearly as sticky once they start wearing thin. In short - if you're dragging knees daily, look for another set of shoes. If you're a commuter or weekend rider, these are great.
March 25, 2015
Going to stick with this one.
So my dilemma is that I have an odd rear tire size (180/60). This tire only comes as standard on a couple of bikes like the Ducati 848 Streetfighter and my Ducati 899. I've heard from some other people with 899s that going to a smaller circumference tire leads to erratic traction control performance, so I'm pretty much stuck using this tire due to the Ducati Traction Control. The good news is that it's a great tire. My first one lasted 4,500 miles before it was done, and that's including a hard track day in high heat at Road Atlanta. I know some people question it's wet performance but I've never had an issue. That might be partly due to the 899 having the low power delivery "wet mode" as well as ABS and rear wheel antilift. I can't tell if the tire has good traction in the wet, or if the electronic trickery is keeping everything in order (I don't make a habit of staring at my dash for the TC light while riding), but I've been riding on these tires since November 2013 and not had one issue. Just put a new one on and it's great. I will keep using this tire.
February 19, 2015
Stock tires on a Street Triple
These are the stock tires that came on my 2014 Street Triple and I have to say, I never cared for them. I could see how good they could be on the track or in aggressive canyon carving but I needed more than that. I primarily use my bike for commuting and the occasional day trip to the hills. Living in Seattle coupled with the kind of riding I do these were not the tire for me. Maybe I never rode them hard enough to get enough heat into them? I eventually switched to a set of Michelin.
Like I said, no hate too what I'm sure is great track tire, but if you ride like I do, you may want to look elsewhere.
February 5, 2015