Pirelli Scorpion Trail Dual Sport Rear Tire
The Pirreli Scorpion Trail tire, a great touring tire
From years of motorcycle touring I've found that having dual sport tires on my BMW RT allows me to be better prepared when road coditions go bad, and they do. Such as snow, muddy pot holes, gravel, dirt, and clay. The Pirreli Scorpion Trail tires are great in rain with a lot of good water channeling, and long distance, best of all they come in a variety of sport touring sizes. My 2014 BMW RT came with Conti RoadAttack 2 GT tires, and I can hardly wait to get these tires off.
December 30, 2014
20% dirt and 80% road
I love this tire. The first thing I did when I bought my 2008 Ducati Multistrada 1100 S in the summer of 2014 is put a set of these tires on the bike.
My, what a difference! The replaced a set of pretty mediocre Bridgestone touring tires.
I really wanted something that suited the Multi; a bit of dirt and gravel roads and pavement. This is the tire. While it doesn't have the confidence or grip of a Michelin Pilot Road 4, it is certainly more capable.
I have taken this tire over 5,000 miles across Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Utah and I will replace it with the same set. It's handled the Burr Trail, eastern Oregon's questionable road surfaces and endless miles of southern Utah's amazing roads.
Think of it as a perfect compromise between and TKC-80 and Pilot Road 4.
December 29, 2014
OK tire but not exceptional
I installed a set of these on my Kawasaki Versys. When new they have slightly more traction off pavement than the average sport touring tire while only sacrificing a small amount of pavement traction. On the downside they have a short life and flat spot quickly. Once the treads have worn they have no more bite than the average sport tour tire. I noticed a significant improvement in pavement performance over these with the Michelin PR 3. OK tires for what they are but not exceptional in any way. I drive so little off road I have gone back to using Michelin PR4s now for their superior wear and pavement performance and just keep my speed down when I hit the occasional dirt/gravel road.
February 7, 2015
A great tire both on the highway or backroads
This is the tire chosen by Honda for their CB500X. It has proven to be a good tire sweeping through back road corners and for the occasional exploration of some unpaved roads.
As an experienced motorcyclist I can appreciate spending all day riding the back roads knowing my CB500X is equipped with good tires.
December 15, 2014
Great tire for smaller bikes
Put these tire on a Kawasaki Versys 650 and they do really well. Handle the pavement and fire access roads with good results. They do great in wet weather. I do think they are too soft for larger displacement bikes, only getting 4500 miles out of a rear tire on a 650cc machine.
October 14, 2014
This tire has excellent wet and dry characteristics, the use in a motorcycle Kawasaki Versys 2009 is my second pair, the first perform about 20,000 km with the rear tire and even use the front. It is a very good tire.
September 16, 2014
7500 Mile ride of National Parks
I recently wrapped up a 7550 mile ride from Chicago to most of the major National Parks. I wanted a set of tires for my 07 Multistrada 1100 that could handle gravel and dirt roads to some remote campgrounds on these parks. The tires and the bike handled great. By the time I got to badlands I had done over 1000 miles and that was the first test for the tires on gravel/dirt. They handled great! On some stretches of the remote campground road in the Badlands, I was able to hit 70mph. On the twisties the tires had great grip and always felt planted. (please not that I don't scrape pegs) The tires started to show wear by the time I hit Mono Lake area and Bodie California (5000 miles) By that time the tread was 60-70% worn and I felt l was loosing grip on the dirt road to Bodie. By the time I got to Bryce in Utah (6000+ miles) The tires were on their last leg. They barely got me home to Chicago at 7550 miles with all the middle tread gone. So in short, they will do about 7000 miles, but start loosing grip on dirt/gravel at about 5000 miles. I wanted these tires to last me my whole trip and they did. (barely) So overall a good experience. Will probably buy another set for next riding season.
August 31, 2014
Loving it so far
Now have about 500 miles on the tire with about 60% of that on one long ride over the Sierra Nevada. Stopping traction has been spot on and zero issues while leaning in the twisties. Have a Scorpion Trail on the front and back. Hit some loose rocks on one of the hairpins and recovered without issue. Can't speak to tread wear yet but all signs point to "groovy"
September 2, 2014