Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR £202
These new dual-sport tyres from Italian manufacturer Pirelli mix a rally-style tread pattern with claims of genuine on-road all-weather grip and feedback. Fitted as OE to Ducati’s 2017 Scrambler Desert Sled, the new Scorpion Rally uses a street bike profile and internal structure to guarantee on-road handling and stability, but mixes it with a knobblystyle tread to give off-road grip too. The Scorpion’s rubber compound is high in silica to boost both wet weather grip and mileage.
What are they like?
Being hot-out-of-the-moulds this spring, we’re still waiting to do a fullon test of the STR. But MCN’S Chief Road Tester Michael Neeves got a brief experience of their on-road and off-road credentials during a test of the Ducati Desert Sled earlier this year, he said: “We tested Pirelli’s new dual-purpose tyres, fitted to a Scrambler Desert Sled, on dusty scrubland and roads near Ducati’s factory in Bologna. Off-road there’s no shortage of rear traction, even on the loosest surfaces and the front serves-up lots of reassuring grip and poise. Dual purpose rubber will always be a compromise on the road, but the new Pirellis handle well on tarmac, warm-up fast and offer lots of grip. Tread blocks are chunky, but firm, so there’s no problem with straight line, or cornering stability.”
Front 100/90-19, 110/80-19, 120/7019, 90/90-21. Rear: 130/80-17, 140/80-17, 150/70-17, 170/60-17, 150/70-18. Q Contact www.pirellimoto.co.uk
They’re standard fit on the Desert Sled and our man was impressed