How do they feel?

Motorcycle Monthly - - Pirelli -

Right from the off the dif­fer­ence be­tween the new and old Scorpion Trail tyre is ob­vi­ous. Ac­cord­ing to Pirelli the new tyre is 90% on road and 10% off-road ca­pa­ble and that seems about right given how much (or, per­haps more to the point) how lit­tle most own­ers of big Ad­ven­ture bikes take their pride and joy onto the dirt.

So, es­sen­tially, the Scorpion Trail II is a big­ger-pat­terned ver­sion of the firm’s su­perb An­gel GT sports tour­ing tyre. The grip lev­els are fab­u­lous and let you get the bike over a long, long way in com­plete con­fi­dence. In­stant grip is read from the off and there’s lit­tle in the way of gripes here.

But where the tyres re­ally score the big­gest marks is the way they feel on mo­tor­ways and smooth, sweep­ing fast roads. The man­ners are im­pec­ca­ble – the steel belt wound around the car­cass stops the tyre chang­ing shape at speed and means that the qual­ity of ride is ex­cep­tional.

In terms of mileage, we rode for a cou­ple of hun­dred miles on the Scor­pi­ons and they looked un­touched at the end of it. Pirelli claims that the range gives con­sid­er­ably more mileage re­turn than the pre­vi­ous tyres and once we’ve had them for a few thou­sand miles we’ll re­port back. But in terms of tyre test­ing over a day at pace, the Scorpion Trail II tyres are worth rav­ing about. Ex­cep­tional feed­back and feel from a great tyre to ride on. Highly rec­om­mended.

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