As the title says, I purchased my first Pirelli tire ever today: a Diablo Rosso III in 190/55ZR17 for the back.
I am just happy to get back some traction in the back. Sharing happiness!
My stock Dunlop had nothing left in the middle at 6500km, pushed it to almost 7000km but the lasts miles were not fun at all (TC=3). I am taking it easy for now to complete break in safely. I am keeping it in TC=3 at all time for a bit. I am at only 30km on the tire so far. Time will tell how good of a choice I made.
I am planning on making the gearing shorter to compensate for the back tire since the increase, and then some more. Likely -1 teeth in the front and +2 tooth in the back. Needless to say I already wanted shorter gearing before the tire change.
-I immediately noticed the back is standing higher. I think I like the new stance, it's a bit more aggressive, the bike probably wants to lean in curves more easily/earlier. It will probably help slightly to keep the bike on the ground once I go with shorter gearing too, which is a plus to me. Not a fan of continuous wheelies.
-the tire seems to be easier to lean. It feels more round. I like it. But that could also be me getting used to ride with a back wear/square tire. I bet its a combination of that, the Pirelli tire construction itself , and the new tire size.
-Did not experience any slippage. Much better than with my Dunlop on its first few miles. That's a good start!
Looking forward to take it out of TC=3 by tomorrow!
Now I just need the weather to allow me to give the bike a few miles!