We have tried a slightly different direction for our riding season. We threw some less track focused rubber, namely Pirellis Diablo Rosso Corsa 2 on a Triumph Street Triple R. After a few days on these tires and riding in various conditions we are able now to share an opinion on them. These Pirelli pieces sits half a step in the back of the Diablo Supercorsa SP on the track performance scale and they’re designed for riders who do a good numbers of miles on the road as well as for occasional track day.
The reason we decided to try these tires out is because we wanted a tire that performs well in the dry but that could also be able to manage some wet or damp conditions. We’ve done four days on these tires – two in hot conditions, one in chilly conditions and one that started out very wet and eventually dried out. Our first impression was in regards to how quickly these tires warmed up and they didn’t feel like cold race tires. There is quite remarkable what each the entrance and rear have to offer.
In matter of wear, it is well known that race tires can be very susceptible to ambient conditions. However, Pirelli Diablo Corsa 2 showed no signs of wearing any worse even though the temperature dropped by about 15 degrees Celsius. In regards of how these tires behave in wet conditions, you should know that they have full silica compound in the middle on the front and full silica in two parts of the rear tire. It appears that is the compound that’s designed in particular for wet conditions. The way these tires are made assured us they weren’t going to be treacherous like many race tires are. So ridding on this tires you get the feeling that the lean angles are very modest but under moderate braking the front tire feels good and the rear handles a fair bit of power before letting go.
As we hit dryer conditions, we could feel the grip coming again. We’ve been very impressed with these. A very nice thing that these tires have to offer is the safety given due to the higher ceiling. A higher ceiling theoretically means a higher margin for error. If the rider is practicing good technique, than the ceiling on Pirelli is still pretty high which is going to keep you safe.
For those that are inclined to go with something less race focused, be assured that a pair of tires like these are nonetheless very competent track tires and are going to provide you with an easier time in the longevity department.