Pirelli Angel GT £245
Sizes available: Front 120/60 x 17, 120/70 x 17, 110/80 x 18, 120/70 x 18. Rear: 150/70 x 17, 160/60 x 17, 170/60 x 17, 180/55 x 17, 180/55 x 17, 190/50 x 17, 190/50 x 17, 190/55 x 17, 190/55 x 17, 160/60 x 18 Weight: 4.6kg front, 7kg rear
Pirelli say “These bring a sporty attitude typical of Pirelli’s DNA to a wider range of conditions. Excellence in the wet, performance and grip, plus top handling, with consistency throughout the tyre’s life. Features a bi-compound tread.”
TEST RESULTS Comfort 4/5
There’s an innate feeling of firmness – not harsh or choppy but they definitely make the ride quality more sporty feeling than you’d expect from a sports-touring tyre.
Front- end feel/agility 5/5
Excellent feedback – particularly under braking. The front’s really communicative on turn-in too so it allows you a greater margin for error because they’ll let you brake deep into turns. Turning characteristics share more in common with a race tyre than a traditional touring tyre; these tyres really quicken the bike’s steering and give good accuracy. Clever.
Rear- end feel 5/5
There’s excellent connectivity from the throttle to the rear tyre, and you can afford to be a little bit more aggressive as grip feels limitless.
Excellent, but not quite as good as the very best on test in this area (Metzelers). There’s no issues either at high speed or while leaning into turns, and they’re composed under hard acceleration and braking.
These are on a par with the best, but have a slightly sportier feel than you’d expect from a sports-touring tyre and they didn’t transform the bike in the same way as the best tyres so far. But you can’t fault them. Confidence-inspiring and stable, definitely a good choice for riders who like to attack corners.