10 Best Pirelli Motorcycle Tires Review Guide

Updated May 2022

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Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp Tires

The Pirelli Phantom is a tire destined for classic sport motorcycles for road use with a vintage look combined with state of the art technology. 

Features:

  • A perfect balance of traction, handling and durability in a classic design
  • 0° steel belted radial carcass construction (100/90-18 is Bias-Ply)
  • Standard on the Ducati Sport Classics: GT1000, Smart 1000LE and Sport 100
  • Tubeless design (TL)

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Pirelli Night Dragon Tires

The Pirelli Night Dragon Tires offer better adhesion, road holding and looks than standard tires for custom and cruiser motorcycles. Designed for motorcyclists that need tires with excellent grip but also last in high mileage scenarios. Excellent performance and great fun to ride with a good balance between reliability and life of the tire. Special research of the contact patch in order to ensure great stability at high speeds and quick acceleration. Optimized for V-Twin engines with more power and higher torque.

Contact Patch / Compound:

  • New shape and new dimension
  • Allows use of more durable compounds with increased levels of grip
  • 10% larger contact patch

Structural Solutions:

  • New front and rear profile
  • Supports the bike at every lean angle
  • Optimized pressure distribution on the contact patch
  • Unbeatable dampening properties
  • High level of riding comfort

Features:

  • Pirelli’s Night Dragon allows a rider and his bike to reach their full potential without sacrificing mileage
  • The Night Dragon increases not only wet and dry grip but gives you noticeably better handling on backroads and the interstate
  • Modern tread pattern combines high-performance attributes and a great new style
  • Outstanding grip at all lean angles
  • Special compounds offer incredible straight-line acceleration and traction
  • New structural designs provide great stability and comfort
  • Tube/tubeless (TL); blackwall
  • H-rated for speeds up to 130 mph; V-rated for speeds up to 149 mph; (V)-rated for speeds of 149+ mph; W-rated for speeds up to 168 mph or (W)-rated for speeds of 168+ mph
  • GT “reinforced” spec for heavier touring bikes

3

Pirelli Diablo Rosso Scooter Tires

The Pirelli Diablo Rosso Scooter Tires are high-performance motorcycle tires made for scooters. Dry and wet grip, handling and overall performance are improved thanks to Pirelli’s racing technology and know-how. The Diablo Rosso Scooter tires feature a high silica dual-compound rear tire for increased mileage and the classic Pirelli “flash” tread pattern found on their other high-performance motorcycle tires.

Features:

  • High performance
  • Dual compound rear
  • Improved grip and handling
  • “Flash” tread pattern

4

Pirelli Diablo Rosso III Tires

Pirelli infuses technology from the World Superbike Championship into their Diablo Rosso 3 tires. Designed with unprecedented handling this is the evolution of sport riding.

Features:

  • WSBK-derived profile for agile response, quick turn-in and transitions
  • “Flash” racing tread pattern promotes uniform wear for performance consistency throughout the tire’s life
  • Bi-compound design with a wide race compound strip offering full grip from mid-lean angle
  • High-performance silica compounds improve grip across a wide range of temperatures for optimal grip in all conditions
  • Large contact patch for improved adherence
  • Blackwall
  • Tubeless (TL)
 
 

5

Pirelli Night Dragon GT Rear Tires

The Pirelli Night Dragon GT Rear Tires are 20% longer lasting than standard Night Dragon rear tires. Designed for larger and heavier motorcycles that need tires with excellent grip but also last in high mileage scenarios. Excellent performance and great fun to ride with a good balance between reliability and life of the tire. Special research of the contact patch in order to ensure great stability at high speeds and quick acceleration. Optimized for V-Twin engines with more power and higher torque.

Features:

  • Up to 20% Longer lasting
  • Advanced Full Carbon Black compound
  • Stiffer carcass thanks to structure stiffening and high belt tension
  • Same legendary performance and 100% mixable with all Night Dragon front tires

6

Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II Tires

Pirelli is proud to introduce the next evolution of the beloved Diablo Rosso Corsa hypersport tire, the Diablo Rosso Corsa 2. It features a redesigned tread pattern that improves warm up and grip in dry and even wet conditions. Riding a hypersport tire in the wet was once unheard of, but thanks to Pirelli’s silica and black carbon nanotechnology it is now possible. The internal structure of Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II has also been upgraded using everything that Pirelli has learned from the past decade racing in WSBK. This means you can expect improved handling, acceleration, cornering and braking to match the demands of your high-performance motorcycle. All of this combined leads to a much more confident ride and more importantly, a bigger smile on the rider’s face. The Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II Tires are ready to take the throne of becoming the most beloved hypersport tire on the market for the next decade – will you be ready?

Features:

  • Dual compound on front 
  • Triple compound on rear 
  • Innovative combination of 100% silica and black carbon
  • Increased grip in every condition and lean angle
  • Enhanced safety and confidence in cornering both street and track, dry and wet
  • Racing derived structure and profile
  • Increased agility and more accurate trajectory
  • Enhanced feeling with improved bike control when cornering
  • Advanced tread pattern with slick shoulders
  • Contact patch optimization
  • TL (tubeless)
  • W speed rating for speeds of 168+ mph
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Pirelli Diablo Rosso II Tires

Bringing the race winning technology developed for World Superbike to the street, the Pirelli Diablo Rosso II Tires deliver superior grip and wear-life for sport riders looking for a performance upgrade. The Tri-zone dual compound composition and improved tread design offers improved drainage, better wear regularity and advanced handling.

Features:

  • The Diablo Rosso II is the sportiest and most versatile road-oriented tire of the Rosso generation
  • Diablo Rosso II is Pirelli’s newest super sport radial for all riding conditions, including the wet
  • Grip is enhanced even further by EPT (Enhanced Patch Technology) developed in WSBK, which optimizes the contact patch for improved grip
  • A maximum contact patch area is due in part to an ICS (Integrated Contour Shaping)  technology, complimenting handling and power of today’s modern motorcycles
  • Slick shoulder area maximizes grip at full lean which boosts confidence and performance while cornering
  • Functional Groove Design (FGD) to optimize wet behavior
  • D Spec tire is OE for 2013 Ducati’s fitted with Rosso II tires

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Pirelli Diablo Rosso 4 Tires

Drawing influence from the World Superbike Championship, the Diablo Rosso IV tires were designed to provide unprecedented handling and response.

Features:

  • WSBK-derived profile for agile response, quick turn-in and transitions
  • Designed for supersport, naked and crossover motorcycles for aggressive road use
  • Outstanding grip on both wet and dry roads
  • High-performance silica-enriched multi-compounds improve grip across a wide range of temperatures for optimal grip in all conditions
  • Large contact patch for improved adherence
  • Blackwall
  • Tubeless (TL)
  • W-rated for speeds of 168+ MPH

9

Pirelli Scorpion Trail 2 Dual Sport Tires

The Pirelli Scorpion Trail II Tires were specifically designed to meet the versatility of the modern adventure touring motorcycle. They feature an aggressive tread pattern supported by strong technological innovations, giving good stability even at high speed, excellent traction on dirt as well as superior handling, comfort and grip in all riding conditions.

Tread Pattern:

The tread pattern of Pirelli Scorpion Trail II Tires have an aggressive look typical of an off-road tire, but that combines the greatest features of an enduro tire with those of a sport touring tire. The side grooves have been designed to ensure optimal drainage of water, while the layout and shape of the central grooves not only contribute to the drainage of water but also ensure better traction, greater stability and normal wear.

Compounds:

The entire Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tire line features a dual compound construction. Compared to its predecessor, this tire has a wider central section which contains a compound developed for high mileage without compromising cornering performance. The side compound was designed to optimize the balance between performance on dry and wet roads.

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Profile:

Thanks to a shorter, wider, contact patch area, the profile helps to reduce and level the wear of the tire while maintaining consistent performance throughout its life.

Structure:

The structure that lies beneath the Pirelli Scorpion Trail 2 Tires ensures high performance, even at full load or with heavier motorcycles, making it comfortable for long trips and winding roads.

Features:

  • Increased mileage, improved wet grip with an incredible performance consistency throughout its entire life cycle
  • Innovative tread pattern combines the typical off-road style of the Pirelli Scorpion™ range with the experience directly derived from the Angel GT (Pirelli’s top sport touring product)
  • Peak performance of enduro and sport touring blended into one product
  • Larger center compound stripe to guarantee enhanced cornering performance
  • Central compound developed for higher mileage and improved behavior in wet conditions
  • Side compound for optimized balance between dry and wet performance
  • High performance for heavy, fully-loaded bikes
  • Incredible versatility ensures peak performance on long, straight journeys or twisty roads with the most adverse weather conditions
  • V-rated for speeds up to 149 mph, (V)-rated for speeds to 149+ mph, W-rated for speeds up to 168 mph, (W)-rated for speeds to 168+ mph
  • K-spec denotes OE tire for the KTM Super Adventure 1290 and Adventure 1190
  • D-spec denotes OE tire for the Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

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Bridgestone T30 EVO Tires

The Bridgestone T30 EVO Tires deliver more traction and control, especially on wet surfaces through the use of unique rubber compounds and re-engineered designs.

Features:

  • Sport Touring tires developed to replace BT-023 with wide-range riding enjoyment
  • T30 offers improved handling with light feel, linear response and better dry grip
  • New Tread Pattern supplies handling and grip improvements by utilizing optimized stiffness and contact patch features
  • Updated Carcass Construction inspires confidence in cornering by providing increased footprint on the road plus light, predictable handling and good line-holding
  • New Front Rubber Compound (rear is Dual Compound) developed using MotoGP analysis brings improved performance range of operating temperatures by utilizing RC Polymer/NanoPro-Tech technology
  • “GT” Spec available in 5 sizes (front has modified tread pattern) to suit heavy-weight motorcycles
  • Compares to: Dunlop Roadsmart II, Michelin Pilot Road 3, Pirelli Angel GT, Metzeler Roadtec Z8
  • 120/70ZR17 F and 180/55ZR17 F are OE tires for some Kawasaki Versys 1000