Pirelli Diablo Tires: 10 Successful Years


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Since the 1970s, the history of high performance motorcycle sport tires produced by Pirelli has been marked by evocative names such as Mandrake, Phantom, and Gordon, all inspired by the world of comics, and there were also Demon and Dragon instead derived from the fantasy world.

In 2002 this tradition continued with another bestseller, Diablo, through which Pirelli has since reinvented the world of road tires with a completely new project. From that moment, Diablo has become a real brand, enriched year after year with technological innovations and the experience gained by Pirelli in the FIM Superbike World Championship where it has been the sole supplier since 2004.

In 10 years, the Diablo range has evolved from product to product and through the iterations of sport motorcycles’ power and handling capabilities by continuously offering products satisfying the needs of the pure on-road environment, the extreme limits reached in professional racing, and everything else in between.

Significant numbers are linked to these 10 years of success of the Diablo range: more than 5 million tires sold, raced on by more than 60,000 pilots, including both professionals and amateurs, and more than 800 compound solutions to date made available by Pirelli to riders competing in World Superbike.

Diablo was born in 2002 as a tire intended for road use and the original concept and successful parent to the entire Diablo range, quickly becoming the benchmark among sport motorcyclists due to its considerably higher performance and distinctive tread pattern compared to other sports tires at the time.

Later in 2003, a “meaner” version of Diablo was produced, the Diablo Corsa, a dual compound sport tire for demanding riders who sought tires whose performances extended both on the road and the track.

In 2004, Pirelli became the sole supplier of tires to the Superbike World Championship and this was the key ingredient for developing and launching, in 2005, the new Diablo Superbike tire designed for professional use only on the track.

In 2007 it was the year of the first generation Diablo Supercorsa SC which in 2008 was followed by the race replica version, Diablo Supercorsa SP, for use by the most demanding street motorcyclists. With the Diablo Supercorsa, Pirelli for the first time made available to motorcyclists all the successful know-how and technology used in the World Superbike and World Supersport Championships, giving rise to what became a slogan for success: “We sell what we race, we race what we sell.”

In 2008, the original Diablo was replaced by the Diablo Rosso which was then joined two years later by its alter ego Diablo Rosso Corsa for mixed road / track riding. In 2011, the Diablo Rosso was upgraded to the Diablo Rosso II, an ideal evolution of this key product inheriting all the popular sporty characteristics while strengthening values in terms of versatility, performance in wet and even wear.

The range of high quality radial tires of the Rosso Generation uses modern technologies derived from Pirelli’s experience in the WSBK Championship such as EPT (Enhanced Patch Technology), responsible for increasing overall grip in dry conditions by optimizing the tires’ footprint on the ground down at all lean angles, along with distinctly aggressive tread groove designs and other identifying elements of strong visual impact on the shoulder edges and sidewalls with even the ability to personalise the tire with exclusive labels custom-designed by end user.

The Diablo range celebrates it’s 10 year history and success with the world premiere of the new Diablo Supercorsa at the 2011 EICMA show in both the special compound “SC” and the race replica “SP” versions, the latter aimed at all riders using who use their motorcycles with a sport riding style on the road and who like to have fun on the track.

Pirelli has its eye always towards the future: in 2013 the Italian maker will be ready to adapt to a major change in the regulations of WSBK: starting from beginning of the 2013 Superbike World Championship, Pirelli will replace the current Diablo Superbike 16.5″ slick tyres, the reference measurement to date, with slick tires in 17″ sizes.

This choice will allow Pirelli to continue to remain true to its philosophy of bringing the solutions developed in sport competition directly to the everyday motorcycle racer, making an even closer link between Pirelli’s development work in a World Championship racing environment and the road-worthy products who adopt these technologies at continuously faster pace.

The 17″ slick tire is the optimal response for those looking for top performance trackday riding or for both amateur and professional racing compared to that of 16.5″, which requires a second set of wheels and a more complex bike tuning.

The 17″ version offers a more common setup for easy handling and consistent performance, a 10% larger contact area due to its higher profile and a carcass able to offer more lateral support, features that will be of strong benefit to motorcyclists throughout the world and continue to feed the myth of Diablo.

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