OUR RUB­BER RATED

Mod­ern tyre tech­nol­ogy has fil­tered down to the more ‘clas­sic’ sizes – and we all ben­e­fit. The tyres fit­ted to PS’S eclec­tic fleet of ma­chines are many and var­ied, and all of them highly rated, with­out ex­cep­tion

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Tyre Test - Words: PS crew Pic­tures: Bauer ar­chive

Pirelli Di­ablo Rosso III Fit­ted to: Yamaha Fazer 600 Mileage so far: 1100 Tested by: Alan See­ley

It says some­thing for the longevity of mod­ern tyres that I’m nearly 6000 miles into my ten­ure of a 2000 Yamaha FZS600 Fazer and I’m only on my se­cond pair of tyres, the most re­cent of these fit­ted just over a thou­sand miles ago.

Hav­ing stood for a decade or so prior to me buy­ing it, the an­cient Dun­lop Sport­max fit­ted to the bike went straight onto the tyre re­cy­cling pile. In their stead came a pair of Avon 3D – Storm front and Ultra rear – these proved a steady and de­pend­able choice, es­pe­cially through the colder months. Wear pat­tern was good but when the rear did start to square off, at 3000 miles or so, the de­cline from there was pre­cip­i­tous and rear grip be­came a lot less pre­dictable than it had been dur­ing our first few happy months to­gether.

Hav­ing fright­ened my­self on round­abouts one too many times, a change was called for. Not that I wouldn’t use the Avons again; I just wouldn’t try to get so much life out of them.

Pirelli’s Di­ablo Rosso III looked worth a punt. They’re aimed at naked and sports­bikes – a cat­e­gory the Fazer broadly fell into, al­beit 20 years ago – and claim to per­form some­where be­tween a sports-tour­ing tyre and a full-on track tyre.

This far they have made the long, hot sum­mer even more fun than it promised to be. They in­spire whole new lev­els of con­fi­dence and I find my­self brak­ing ever harder and deeper into turns. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see where they’re at in an­other 1500 miles or so. I’ll let you know.

Wear­ing pretty damn well for tyres that of­fer so much grip

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