Pirelli Rosso Corsa II - Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Forum
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post #1 of 10 Old 09-22-2018, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
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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.

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I was thinking about trying a set of these. My girlfriends has them on her Street Triple R and they are nice, though it's hard to read across to a N1K. They are holding up really well but it's a light bike.

Keep the comments coming as you add on the miles.
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At one point I thought the Rosso III's were just a fully upgraded version of the Rosso II's but Perelli keeps the II's in their line because they have much better wet performance than the III's.

After a while you'll notice a smoother ride on the Pirellis because of their softer carcass design. They are interesting because you feel less of the road when upright but more of the road when leaned over. Pirelli tires are more likely to keep their grip through a bumpy corner.

Most Pirelli's outperform most Dunlops except for one critical category, price. Big Pirelli fan here except for the price. But just the price has led me to Dunlop here and there.
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Thank you for the report. Rocky Mountain adv often times has these discounted, and I've been looking at them for the next tire purchase. Sounds like a good option.
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At one point I thought the Rosso III's were just a fully upgraded version of the Rosso II's but Perelli keeps the II's in their line because they have much better wet performance than the III's.

After a while you'll notice a smoother ride on the Pirellis because of their softer carcass design. They are interesting because you feel less of the road when upright but more of the road when leaned over. Pirelli tires are more likely to keep their grip through a bumpy corner.

Most Pirelli's outperform most Dunlops except for one critical category, price. Big Pirelli fan here except for the price. But just the price has led me to Dunlop here and there.

Never have tried the Rosso II or III. Tried the Rosso Corsa years ago on another bike. That tire did not change for about eight years until now with the Rosso Corsa II which is the one I have. Easy to confuse the Rosso with the Rosso Corsa, but they are different tires altogether. The Corsa uses a dual compound front and a three compound rear which includes pure carbon black at the edge of the tire.

They were only 50 bucks more than the Q3 Plus which is not too bad.

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Ah yeah. So the Corsa II's are a pretty new design then huh? I don't think I'm familiar with them. Rosso III fronts are single compound and dual rear. I put those on my N1K. They were described as Supercorsas with longer life which was kinda what I was after.

I have to sit here and wonder how the Corsa II's perform compared to my Rosso III's. It's almost like Pirelli has too many tires in their line.

One thing that I am doing when I buy tires though, I'm ordering them from my old race tire vendor at the track. That way I get them fresh out of the factory. Buy them from Revzilla, Motorcycle Superstore, STG, or basically anywhere and there's a good chance you're getting a tire that sat on the shelf for 3 years, sometimes in poor temperature conditions.
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I will have to try a set of these at some point.

To date, I have ran S21, M7rr, and Rosso III

M7rr and Rosso III are my favorite in the 200/55 size.

M7rr will last twice the time a Rosso III will aswell.
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Ah yeah. So the Corsa II's are a pretty new design then huh? I don't think I'm familiar with them. Rosso III fronts are single compound and dual rear. I put those on my N1K. They were described as Supercorsas with longer life which was kinda what I was after.

I have to sit here and wonder how the Corsa II's perform compared to my Rosso III's. It's almost like Pirelli has too many tires in their line.

One thing that I am doing when I buy tires though, I'm ordering them from my old race tire vendor at the track. That way I get them fresh out of the factory. Buy them from Revzilla, Motorcycle Superstore, STG, or basically anywhere and there's a good chance you're getting a tire that sat on the shelf for 3 years, sometimes in poor temperature conditions.

Yes....it is a relatively new tire. From what I understand it is designed to be their top performing street / trackday tire and fits into their lineup just beneath the Supercorsas, but ahead of the Rosso. The harder I pushed them in the corners the more they impressed.

I am aware of only one other tire that ever used a triple compound rear and that was the Bridgestone BT016.

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Well at least being new, you know they haven't been sitting around in a warehouse.

A buddy bought some Rosso II's "on sale" from and online vendor. Turns out it was a "Let's get rid of some ancient stock sale." He bought them this year, but the production date on the tire was 2015.
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I will certainly be replacing my OEM tyres with Rosso III’s when the time comes. I had these as OEM on my SuperSport and they were awesome.

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