By Troy Siahaan
Companies that go racing love to promote how the lessons learned at the racetrack trickle down to the products we use on the street. Besides being great marketing fodder, the idea behind racing is to develop products that will benefit the everyday consumer. We generally think of sportbikes (and liter-class sportbikes in particular) as being direct translations of racetrack development trickling down to production models, but we sometimes forget about the only part of the motorcycle in continuous contact with the road: its tires.
Thankfully, Pirelli hasn’t forgotten. In fact, Pirelli has been the sole tire supplier for the World Superbike Championship since 2004 and holds the same role for numerous domestic championships around the world (except in MotoAmerica, ironically). That experience has translated into an entire range of tires developed for everything from street riding to pro-level competition with direct feedback from racing.
Piero Misani (right), Pirelli’s Head of R&D, is more than just a corporate figure. He rides on the very tires he helps develop.
That, then, begs the question: What’s the difference between a street tire and a track tire, anyway? To find an answer, Pirelli invited selected guests to try a sampling of tires on a variety of bikes at the iconic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Those tires included the newest street tire in the Diablo line, the Diablo Rosso III, the Diablo Supercorsa SP, Diablo Supercorsa SC, and finally the Diablo Superbike slick.
Diablo Rosso III
The Diablo Rosso III was introduced late last year and is the successor to the popular Diablo Rosso II. Pirelli understands that as motorcycle genres are broadening in the sporting landscape, motorcycle tires need to adapt. The same holds true for the advancement in moto-technology – as it develops, so should the tire. The Diablo Rosso III is designed to be used on …read more