Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Central Kentucky
Pirelli Rosso Corsa II
Wife kept asking me what I wanted for my birthday but I told her nothing. I don't really need anything. But when I mentioned that I was going to order new tires for the bike she offered to buy them. I usually run sport touring tires but thought this would be a good opportunity to try something new.
The Rosso Corsa II is Pirellis top of the line hyper sport tire for the street and slots in between the regular Rosso III and the Supercorsa SP. These compete directly with the Q3 Plus of which I have run a couple sets of on the Ninja 1000 in the past. Turn in on the Pirellis is a bit quicker than I remember with the Q3 Plus which for me is an advantage on a heavy bike like the Ninja 1000. For me the Dunlops still feels a bit more planted at deep lean angles than the Pirellis, but just by the slightest margin. Probably has something to do with how stiff the side walls are on the Dunlops. Regardless, the Pirellis somehow are more confidence inspiring for me when ridden hard and feel like they have endless grip. I was more comfortable with high corner entry speeds and drive grip is ridiculous. You can really pour on the power early with these driving off the corner!
I give the nod to the Pirellis as far as performance when new by a small margin. Will have to wait and see how they perform as they wear and what kind of mileage they return. But so far I am very impressed. Will have to do well over time to beat the Dunlops as they are a bit more expensive.
2013 Ninja 1000.....Osram Nightbreakers, Pazzo levers, Vesrah pads, Puig screen, R&G frame sliders / case covers / axle protector, Sargent seat, PC5 with Ivans fuel map and ECU reflash, Akrapovic full exhaust, forks and shock rebuilt by Traxxion Dynamics.
2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT.....ECU reflashed by Ivan.
Last edited by Johnmark101; 09-22-2018 at 07:57 AM.