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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
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