How do they feel?
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.