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Old 06-17-2014, 05:52 AM   #1
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Pirelli Scorp's on a 950

What the secret to getting these things to work on anything other than pavement? Gravel, loose gravel, dirt roads primarily? Damn they're squirrely!
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:54 AM   #2
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:18 AM   #3
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You go with the pirelli scorp RALLY
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:38 AM   #4
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:24 AM   #5
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I couldn't. I didn't like them on the road in the wet either.

Use TKC80's now.
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Old 06-17-2014, 08:13 AM   #6
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My broken fibula with a plate and screws in it right now says it's still a secret to me. I'm spending a over a month off my 990R pondering that question versus whether I should have gone in slower. Of course gravel is always a squirrely proposition so I don't think I can blame the tire completely. However, still wonder how much better grip and off road stopping distance would have been with different rubber.

Got a rear Mefo Exp waiting in my garage and I'd like to pair it with a T63 front. That may have to happen sooner than later if I scrap my plan to get my money's worth out of the Scorps.
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Old 06-17-2014, 08:41 AM   #7
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TKC 80 up front. Regular scorpion....SUCKS! And causes the death wobble!
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Old 06-17-2014, 08:47 AM   #8
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Yeah, I wore out a TKC front and a MEFO SE rear, so I'm spoiled by grip and predictability. These were what I had though and no money for a new set, so you run what brung.

My brief experience says these things don't work AT ALL in gravel. I'm smart enough to avoid sand and mud like the plague with this bike, but I would have thought they had SOME redeeming quality. Anything. Maybe they'll last forever...oh great.
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Old 06-17-2014, 08:52 AM   #9
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You go with the pirelli scorp RALLY
Just put a set of the Rally's on my Super Enduro and loving them so far. I had always used a Dunlop 606 up front and a Dunlop 908RR on the back but the last 606 cracked and fell apart at about 700 miles and the 908RR's are getting stupid expensive (but I love them on the SE)!
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Chuck, try a Pirelli Scorpion Rally front. Much better off road then the standard Scorpion. DON'T try the Rally rear. Lots of forward bite, but it is LOUD, LOUD, LOUD on the road.

Like you, I hated the standard front Scorp for gravel. The bike was entirely different with a Rally front, and the Rally is cheap and holds up reasonably well on the road.
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Old 06-17-2014, 01:32 PM   #11
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Back when they came in a 17/19 sizes I used them on my GS Adventure in pretty much anything. Deep sand was not fun, but TKC80's and the big GS and I didn't along all that well in sand either.
I didn't know better back then anyway.
I liked them in the wet. Well as wet as it gets here in Southern California.



The above of course is not the harder stuff to ride. We tended to park where it was easy, rather than where the riding was hard.
I did not fall off even with the bags and near complete lack of skills.
My new to me 2010 990R came with them and I will likely get another set for winter.
We're supposed to be in for some rain so I like them better for that than the 908RR and TKC80 combination.
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Old 06-17-2014, 01:45 PM   #12
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You had one of my favorite combos before with the TKC80 front and Mefo SE on the rear. Now I run the Scorpion Rally on the front of all my bikes, even my 300 2 smoker. I like that its heavy duty compared to MX tires so I can run it at a lower PSI on the little dual sport or 300. The Mefo's are harder to come by so I have been running the Kenda Big Block or TKC80 rears lately. No more Scorpion stock street tires for me.
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Old 06-17-2014, 02:30 PM   #13
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The way to get them to work is GO SLOW.
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Old 06-17-2014, 04:36 PM   #14
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I'm planning a ride w/ friends for this weekend that will include lots of dirt roads and I'm already scared! I wish I'd have kept the front TKC at the very least...I'd be spooning that bugger back on! I sold them...that was stupid and greedy.
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Old 06-17-2014, 08:25 PM   #15
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I'm planning a ride w/ friends for this weekend that will include lots of dirt roads and I'm already scared! I wish I'd have kept the front TKC at the very least...I'd be spooning that bugger back on! I sold them...that was stupid and greedy.
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