Pirelli Scorpion Rally now in 150/70-17

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  1. The Griz

    The Griz North Forest Rider

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    Pirelli is now making their classic Scorpion Rally in a 150/70-17 size.:clap

    Ta hell with the TKC80's or Big Blocks! I've been waiting for this since I got this bike in November 2008!

    http://www.pirelli.com/tyre/ww/en/motorcycle/sheet/scorpion_rally.html

    The tire is not quite at dealers yet, but will be very soon.

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    The choice of champions: specifically for desert racing and rallies.

    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><thead> <tr> <th scope="col">PROPERTY</th> <th scope="col">EFFECT</th> <th scope="col">IN PRACTICE</th> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr class="first-row"> <td>Compounds tested in the most severe Rally Raids in the world</td> <td>High resistance to hard wear and stable performance even over the longest stretches</td> <td>Maximum resistance to consumption and to tearing even over long distances</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Patented reinforced carcass structure</td> <td>Reduction of the sliding effect (-10%) and decrease in the operating temperature (-10 °C)</td> <td>Greater traction on all types of ground in any condition of temperature and speed</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Optimised block layout</td> <td>High directional capacity of the front tyre and effective traction on the rear</td> <td>Excellent control in bends for the maximum transfer to the ground of all the power available</td></tr></tbody></table>

    FRONT

    <dl><dt>21''</dt><dd>90/90 - 21 M/C 54R MST
    </dd></dl>
    REAR

    <dl><dt>17''</dt><dd>150/70 - 17 M/C 69R M/C M+S TL
    </dd></dl>
    <dl><dt>18''</dt><dd>120/100 - 18 M/C 68R MST
    </dd><dd>140/80 - 18 M/C 70R MST
    </dd></dl>
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  2. Bayner

    Bayner Long timer

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    Scorpion Pro has always been one of my favorite tires. Never tried a rally version before... are they any good? (he he he)
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  3. wizze

    wizze Wizze = Wise

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    Are these in the same container as the K60's? :lol3 ETA and/or price?
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  4. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

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    Now, where have I heard that before? Hm. Hang on, it'll come to me... :D
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  5. The Griz

    The Griz North Forest Rider

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    I don't know....umm... maybe from the Heidenau people?

    Thankfully Pirelli and Heidenau aren't the same company!:clap

    Pirelli actually makes tires and doesn't just talk about making tires!:rofl
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  6. ScienceOfDirt

    ScienceOfDirt U-Boat Rider

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    I think this is a FIM tire, so the knobs are going to be shorter on the back tires.
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  7. Pomo

    Pomo gonzo

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    Any idea of price range? Are these going to be a Pirelli branded TKC or can I actually afford to eat things besides Ramen for a month? :huh

    On another note, it's nice to see more companies embracing the "mid-sized adventure" market. Maybe we'll see more semi-hardcore 17" tires like the D606 in 150/140 sizes.
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  8. dendrophobe

    dendrophobe Motorbike Junky

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    The knobs really don't look very deep from those pictures; certainly not as deep as the TKC or the Big Block. I'd like to see some more pictures before I get too excited...
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  9. The Griz

    The Griz North Forest Rider

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    Though an F.I.M. tire, the Scorpion Rally has a tread that is as deep if not deeper than a TKC80 or Big Block. I've seen and handled all three in person.
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  10. The Griz

    The Griz North Forest Rider

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  11. dendrophobe

    dendrophobe Motorbike Junky

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    Brilliant news! I like that price, too. :evil

    Any idea how long they'll last?
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  12. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    Nice! I was hoping these would be available in our size some day. :D
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  13. The Griz

    The Griz North Forest Rider

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    F.I.M. doesn't mean the knobs are going to be as short as some folks tell you they're going to be. For some reason there is a vicious rumor going around that F.I.M. means insanely shallow tread. That's a lie. Don't believe it. Here is a picture of my Metzeler MCE 6 Days Extreme F.I.M. rear 140/80-18 that is on my new 2010 G450X:

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    The knobs on the Pirelli Scorpion Rally are the same height as the Metzeler 6 Days Extreme. A friend of mine just got a new Scorpion Rally for his DRZ, so I've seen them both first hand.

    Also, the knobs on the Pirelli Scorpion Rally are actually higher than a TKC80 or Big Block.:deal
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  14. Oddward

    Oddward Been here awhile

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    Any guesses on tread life? Likely no worse than the TKCs.
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  15. The Griz

    The Griz North Forest Rider

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    Yeah, I'm guessing it won't be any worse than the 3,000 or so people are getting out of the TKC80's and Big Blocks.

    If I can get 3,000 miles out of an awesome $120 DOT knobby, I'll be a happy camper. Cheers to Pirelli. It's a good marketing move to offer this tire in the 150/70-17 size.
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  16. ScienceOfDirt

    ScienceOfDirt U-Boat Rider

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    I've already ordered a set for the G450X. It's nice to be able to run the same tire on the F800 as well. I wasn't impressed with the Metzler 6-Days in the mud. I hope the Pirelli's will be better. The distributor that the local place uses doesn't have them yet, but there's a bit of life left in the 6-Days yet.
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  17. Bayner

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    Although I have no experience with this particular tire, every truly aggressive knobbie I have run has sacrificed mileage for traction. I wouldn't think this is a long distance tourer either. If you got 2500 miles, I'd be impressed.
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  18. Y E T I

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    The original K60 I had went 7000 miles and had more tread left when I switched to the Big Block. That was the best tire I've ever run on my bike but they've now ruined it with the center tread.

    The Big Block has been fine but I'm not expecting many miles out of it.

    Now it's time to try something else. This will be it when the BB wears out.
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  19. The Griz

    The Griz North Forest Rider

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    Of course, we all know this.

    I regularly get 3,000 or more out of TKC's. Even if I only get 2,500, so be it for a good tire that only $120!
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  20. NVTS

    NVTS stupid hipster dufus

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    Motorcycle superstore website says: "unavailable". Tried to order this am, NOGO. Who do they think they are Touratech? NVTS
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