Pirelli Diablo Rosso II Rear Tires
Absolutely Perfect for Ninja 300
If you want tires that can really bring out the maximum agility of your Ninja 300, look no further.
The profile on the Rosso II is a perfect compliment to the Ninja's light weight, making flipping the bike back and forth in the twisties almost completely effortless. The Ninja begs to be turned into corners with these tires, and once you're leaned over they'll keep you locked to the road with absolute confidence. I've pushed them pretty hard on the street, and never felt even a slight slip on dry pavement (wet is a different story).
I wouldn't expect to get high mileage from these tires, nor would I try touring on them in the first place. Wet grip is pretty poor (expect some slipping unless you pussyfoot through the corners), and I'm already seeing some tread wear after about 1500 miles.
However, if fun on the Ninja is your goal, you cannot do better.
For comparison, I recently swapped out the Rosso II's for Pirelli Sport Demons so I could do a 2,000 miles road trip comfortably. The Sport Demons were fantastic for touring for a lot of reasons, but they sapped a lot of the Ninja's natural agility, making the bike noticeably harder to throw around on the backroads (though still better than the stock tires). I'm looking forward to putting the Rosso II's back on and lighting up the curves again - the difference is night and day.
September 22, 2015
Great tire for the money!
Excellent grip in the corners never worry about it holding a line. Down side is everytime I have a tire that grips this well it doesn't last long..As for how it works in the rain...I live in southern California...It doesn't rain here...but I would buy this tire again and most likely will...
September 28, 2015
Great price on a very good tire for everyday use, good on track as well
August 10, 2015
Excellent, would buy another set for the next change.
Haven't had it for too long, but Ive broken it in at least and it is much better than the OEM. A noticeable increase in grip, feels nice and planted as well as stable. Also the bike (Ninja 300) feels alive, very flickable.
June 23, 2015
Great tire but very short life for a dual compound.
I replaced my HORRIBLE OEM bridgestones on my '12 Yamaha FZ8 with these. The feel and amount of grip these tires provided were incredible!! They feel VERY stable in turns even over tar strips and patches and inspire a lot of confidence to keep pushing. My bike is no liter bike but it has a pretty stout mid range and I can come out of a corner leaned over to the edge of the tire and come out of the apex at wide open throttle without a hint of wiggle or slipping. I've had them in the rain a few times (I try to avoid it# and they've felt very stable and never slipped once #I do run on the very safe side in the wet though).
Now for the downside. I commute on my bike a lot and average 7,000+ miles a year. My commute consists of about 5 miles of highway and the other 30 is back roads with some twists and turns here and there but a decent amount of straightline riding. This is why I went with a dual compound tire. I am only at a hair over 2,000 miles on these and the rear is getting a very pronounced flat spot in the middle already! These are gonna be lucky to make it to 3,500 miles or so. This is the same mileage my friends get out of their ULTRA sticky Q3's! I check my pressure regularly and run the rear around 35-36psi for commuting. This was VERY disappointing as I was really hoping to get 5-6,000 miles out of these.
June 8, 2015
Very nice looking, very stable, and has more grip than I have skills, so it's a perfect tire.
June 29, 2015
Perfect grip for Ninja 300
Feels amazing compared to stock tires. Very sticky and grippy. I haven't had any slippage yet compared to stock tires. I've ridden in the rain and the bike feels very planted. I have put 700 miles on them so far and I read the rear only last about 4,500-5,000 miles depending on riding style. That's the only downside because 5,000 miles is easily achieved in one riding season. The front will last longer but for the cheap price and free shipping, it is best to replace both front and rear when the time is up.
May 5, 2015
Only reason I give it a 3 in wet traction is because I've stopped taking my bike out when it rains, but it's the best tire I've had yet, and I've had plenty!
April 28, 2015