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
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
Best grip, less miles
Ive used two sets of these now and i still love them despite the relatively low milage they get. About 4k to a rear tire and 5.5-6k to the front. Traction is off the charts, and they warm very quickly
December 8, 2014
Great choice for dry aggressive street or track use
I've ridden these on both Thunderhill raceway and Reno/Fernley and had great traction at both. Warmup is reasonably quick and full grip was there by the 2nd lap.
Streep warmup is a little slower but still quicker than several tires I've run. Slide is predictable if they do let go when cold, just as long as you ride smart. They are a bit slick in wet or cold conditions, but they really are a trackday tire at heart, so this is of little issue.
They've worn very well so far, showing very little signs of wear after a couple track days and about 5 months of street use.
December 7, 2014
Not good for cold wet days
These came stock on my triumph street triple and I have to say when they are hot they feel great. In the summer they were pretty good tires especially that they were stock. In the winter not so much. I don't trust them enough on my morning commutes until I get onto the freeway and drive a couple miles. On rainy days even worse, I have to burn out for a good 10 seconds to make these puppies really hot. First day in the rain I rode on these they were slipping left and right doing turns going about 2 mph -___- really? If you are a track guy these are fantastic.
January 2, 2015