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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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Smile pirelli scorpion tires ?

Happy New Years to everyone. The question I have,does any one have experiences good or bad with the Pirelli Scorpion tires ? Just want a good 95/5 tire.Price point seems reasonable.
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They grip pretty well on pavement (almost as well as sport tour tires) and much better than sport tour tires on hard pack dirt. I'm not sure they will last quite as long as my Michelin RP2s did though. In fact unless you ride really hard on pavement you will not be able to tell the difference from sport tour tires grip wise.
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They grip pretty well on pavement (almost as well as sport tour tires) and much better than sport tour tires on hard pack dirt. I'm not sure they will last quite as long as my Michelin RP2s did though. In fact unless you ride really hard on pavement you will not be able to tell the difference from sport tour tires grip wise.
Thanks for the response ! Don't really ride that hard, just wanted a good combo tire for those instances we hit a few fire roads etc.
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I put them on my V in October, I only put about 300 miles on them but I love them. Great all around tire
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Ditto on tire quality and reliability. I've put @2,000 miles on a set and find them much more sure-footed than OEM Dunlops. Ran in to a 12-mile patch of sand on Christmas Day ride and they handled much better than Dunlops did in similar situation. That time, I turned around after a couple hundred yards. Good on pavement and forest-service roads but certainly not knobbies.

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I've run them twice, once with the stock size rear, once with the 150/70. Not only is the size and profile different, but the compound feels different as well. The 150 is not Z rated while the 160 is. The 150 is a lot taller and has a lot more rubber, much deeper tread sipes. It feels better off the pavement and it lasts a lot longer. If you just want a better all-around pavement tire, the 160 is the pick.
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Pirelli makes Scorpion Trails in sizes for the Versys. The Scorpion Trail is the OEM tire for the Ducati MultiStrada so I figure it can handle everything I dish out on the Versys. On my second set now and liking them a lot.



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i think they are the perfect tire for the Versys. They are adequate for all the terrain it was designed for.

I only switched because I wanted to push the versys into terrain it was not designed for.

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I only have the front and it is certainly better than the stock Dunlops. Grips well in the wet and builds confidence in the corners. My rear is a Bridgestone 023 and I can feel it's grip to be not as good as the front when cornering hard.

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I didn't like the Scorpion Trails. The turn in was funny and they wore out fast. I thought I'd get off road, but that mover happened. Put on some sport tires. I'd still like to do some fire road riding, so I may need to revisit this type of tire again.

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Been riding on them for about 4K miles. They should be good for another 3 or 4K more. I'm very happy with them.
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I have had them since July. I was looking for 90/10 street/gravel-sand, and more feedback on asphalt. They do work better on all surfaces than the stock dunlops but didn't get the feedback I was hoping for from the front on asphalt. That may be function of the stock forks as the tire itself seems to be a softer compound.

Overall very happy w/ the scorpion trail, can ride gravel/sandy roads with less drama though still take it slow. An 18 or 19 inch front wheel would be better but given cost/benefit the tires are worth the upgrade for my riding.

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I didn't like the Scorpion Trails. The turn in was funny and they wore out fast. I thought I'd get off road, but that mover happened. Put on some sport tires. I'd still like to do some fire road riding, so I may need to revisit this type of tire again.

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I did not find this. Did you get them is the stock sizes of 120/70 and 160/60?
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They are available in stock size. Check the pirelli site. They do not show up in the fitment guide. However, the size is there. Mine are stock size.
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Here in Brazil, I had the Dunlop ...
Was researching and stay between Michelan Pilot Rod e and Firestone BT023.
I bought the pair of Firestone , are the same Suzuki Bandit 1250. Look.

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I did not find this. Did you get them is the stock sizes of 120/70 and 160/60?
Yep, they were stock size. I'm a sport bike guy (my other bike is a GSXR1K), so maybe my expectations are different than others here. The V does handle great with Metzler M3s!!

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Recently took my bike in for a mandatory safety inspection. They failed it because the front tire was down to the wear bars after 7265km/4350mi. Somewhat disappointed in the mileage. The rear tire is almost to the wear bars.
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Having a set of Trails mounted as we speak. I had Angels before and they lasted about 6k before they squared off to the point where turn in was sketchy. The stockers didn't even last 4k. I'd read something on these forums where others are running with higher pressures ( by 3-4 lbs ) on these tires because of the compouind, did I hear this wrong?

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Recently took my bike in for a mandatory safety inspection. They failed it because the front tire was down to the wear bars after 7265km/4350mi. Somewhat disappointed in the mileage. The rear tire is almost to the wear bars.
IF you planned to change-out the front tire PDQ after the inspection - you could've used a Dremel to "deepen" each wear bar, but I'm NOT suggesting that for 'extending' tire life.

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Have had them on my V for just under 1000 miles.. I have been much happier over the stock tires..

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