The secret is Pirelli’s focus on its Enhanced (contact) Patch Technology and an exceptional new high-hysteresis compound based on its extensive World Superbike experience. The Diablo Rosso warms quickly and (Pirelli claims) lasts well—perfect for street use. Visually, it has a nicely rounded profile and a tread pattern that will obviously help clear water fast. Interestingly, those grooves stop short of the tire’s shoulder for maximum grip at the racetrack.
Pirelli’s new Diablo Rosso tires transfers World Superbike experience to the street. (Click image to enlarge)
With a pair fitted to the GSX-R1000, I immediately found the Pirellis gave me a very secure, confidence-inspiring ride and great stability. At 32 psi front and 36 psi rear, there was minimal hunting over lines and ridges, even at freeway speeds. At the notoriously bumpy Streets of Willow Springs racetrack in California, the tires never felt unsettled or lacking in grip; my confidence in the front end was always 100%, even trail-braking into turns while leaned over. Out of slow corners, hard on the throttle, the big Suzuki can shudder the tire a little, but never truly breaks it loose; it is always predictable and controllable. The Pirelli Diablo Rosso seems to be that utopian solution for those hard-core sport riders who demand it all on the street, and sometimes on the track, too.www.krtuned.com