Pirelli Sport Demon Sport Front Touring Tires
These came on my Moto Guzzi V7 from the factory, and all I use that bike for is to commute on the freeway in the Seattle area every day, so no twisties. After 12K miles it was time to replace the rear as it was pretty low, but I could have easily gone 5-10K more on the front as it barely showed signs of wear. I replaced it due to some damage it had received from vandals.
October 5, 2015
A Good Buy
Occasionally I experience a bit of slip in circumstances where I would not expect it on my other bikes with different tires, which leads me to suspect that the rubber on this tire is a bit harder than it might need to be. It's nonetheless a great tire for the price--durable and a good ride.
August 4, 2015
2007 Triumph Bonneville. There is a noticeable traction difference from stock metzlers (in a good way)
2007 Triumph Bonneville. I just finally had a chance to get these mounted on my Bonnie and there is a noticeable traction difference (in a good way) compared to the stock metzlers.
I went with the stock tire size in front and the wider size in the back: Front = 100/90-19 | Rear = 140/80-17
The bike is a little bit harder to turn with the wider rear. But this would be the case with any tire you get that's wider than the stock. Its just something to take into account when first getting on the bike with wider tires. I would recommend going wider than the stock 130's, though. Just look/feels better to me. (you can go as wide as 150 on stock 3.5"x17" stock bonnie rim). I feel 140 is the happy & safe medium, though.
I havent had a chance to ride in rain yet and dont really prefer to. So I wont comment regarding how these tires are in the wet. I also just put them on so I cant say much for tread life yet, either.
One bad thing about these that is nothing important - I was really hoping for the white lettering on the sidewall and this is not the case. The picture here does show that it has white lettering but they do not come like so. Not a big deal, but that was one of the selling points for me with this tire.
Otherwise, awesome price (Revzilla has the cheapest from any other place I could find), good grip, nice look and hopefully a good life-span.
June 15, 2015
I don't have a lot of experience using different tires, but this tire worked out for me, and I ride pretty rough. I ride in the San Francisco Bay Area, and these tires have seen huge potholes, crazy cracks in the roads, and long stretches of metal gated roads. I have had some slides, but was always able to recover smoothly. I like to lean hard and it seem these tires grip even hard during the lean. Revzilla didn't have the front tire size my bike requires so I had to purchase the front directly from the UK, but I just purchased my 2nd rear tire from Revzilla. Not sure if it's my style of riding, or the tire, but the rear only lasted about 4,000 miles.
July 28, 2015
BEST Bias Ply
A HUGE step up from stock, oldschool bias plys.
If for some reason you can't use radials, don't hesitate on Sport Demons.
Been running these tires for a couple of years now and couldn't be happier. My bike is a late 70s rocket....And I ride hard and fast.
Dry grip is awesome, even in a hard lean at 80mph...and never had a shaky moment in the rain.
As for tread life--- For me, with a bike that's a bit under 500lbs, my weight around 180, and almost always ride solo... I get about average mileage for any decent and well-used tire.
6-7k miles for the rear, and around 9-10k for the front.
Maybe a bit pricy, but totally worth it.
July 22, 2015
Decent tire, decent tread life.
I bought the sport demon to replace the stock tires on my 2011 CBR250R, and I've been continually impressed by them. I ride in the (almost) snow, rain, wind, and various bad weather and never had an issue. The only time I've been able to break grip is with a hard rear brake slide. Tread life is ok on a 250 cc bike, I'll get about ~6000 miles out of the rear before I hit the wear indicators. Overall good tire for what you pay, but I've noticed that the prices are beginning to rise.
April 7, 2015
Excellent front tire
These tires are fantastic! The tread life is a little less than ideal, but it's worth it to have a sticky front tire. I really like the performance in the wet.
I put them on my 98 concours and then drove to mexico from minnesota. I spent a six hour day of riding in the rain.. these things are great!
February 9, 2015
Amazing tire, however short lived
This tire performed well in every area except for longevity. I was hoping for 7k but after about 4k the tire started to square off. With that being said it was aggressively ridden on both street and track on a 1000cc bike. Under heavy braking and at 40 degree lean this tire never made me nervous. Luckily it's just around the $100 price range so I don't mind replacing it annually. But, it would be awesome if Pirelli got 40% more life out of this tire.
This is a tire that's never going to fail you. It's confidence inspiring and gives great feedback not to mention they come up to temperature incredibly quickly and balance very well.
March 14, 2015