Pirelli scorpion rally STR

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  1. modestmuscle

    modestmuscle Been here awhile Supporter

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    The 'NEW' Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR.

    I'm not sure how I came across this tire, but I'll make this bold statement about them.

    The best tire I have ran in the last ten years.

    I've ran everything, from TKC 80 to Avon Distanzia, Heidenau K60, Anakee 3, Anakee wild, TKC70, and Karoo 3. I'm sure there are others, but they were so bad that I forgot about them.



    Rear tread depth measures 9mm
    Front is just over 7mm
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  2. modestmuscle

    modestmuscle Been here awhile Supporter

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    Off road,

    I was actually a little confused how well these tires perform. I had just removed the Michelin Wilds, and I loved those.
    The Pirelli performed better in everything. Sand, gravel, soft tulk, and it was difficult for me to activate the traction control while in Enduro pro.

    I think where they will fall short is in the mud. I generally try to avoid mud at all costs. [​IMG][​IMG]
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    modestmuscle Been here awhile Supporter

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    Tarmac is where they performed even better.

    I varied the tire pressure while hot and cold.

    They seem to be best at 33 front 39 rear COLD.
    This equates to 38 front 47 rear HOT, surface temperature was at 143° after a long haul on one of the best rides in northern California, Hwy 36[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
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  4. Smoke Eater 3

    Smoke Eater 3 Long timer Supporter

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    Thanks for the review. I've been considering those tires.
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  5. RunninRanger

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    Interesting tread. What kind of mileage do you expect? I'm always looking for a better 50-50 tire.
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  6. rabvette

    rabvette Ride Hard!

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    Do they howl like the wilds? I had over 5000 on the wilds front still good rear shot but I was tired of the noise!
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  7. modestmuscle

    modestmuscle Been here awhile Supporter

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    Glad you asked.

    No noise at all. They are even less intrusive on the ears than the TKC70's ..
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  8. modestmuscle

    modestmuscle Been here awhile Supporter

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    Milage is going to be interesting to see. I have had the tires on for three days. I broke the tires in on a 80 mile tarmac ride to some great dirt roads and fire brakes, Ruts, heavy gravel, small cobble stone, and sand, about 40 miles of dirt. Then a two up fully loaded ride of 330 miles of twistys while in temperatures from 65 to 110.

    Just under five hundred miles on the tires and the front shows little wear, and the rear has lost about .4mm.. Front starts at 7mm and I couldn't get my tread depth to find a lower number. The rear starts at 9mm and at the very lowest I could find was about 8.6mm.

    Only time/miles will tell...
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  9. RunninRanger

    RunninRanger Rainy day Rider Supporter

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    Keep us posted. :D
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  10. Reisen57

    Reisen57 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for posting this. I've heard good things so far about this tire and am looking forward to trying these next. The TKC 70's I have now are OK on the road (not as good as the Anakee 3's IMHO), but not as good offroad as I had hoped. So far, the impression I have is that these Scorpion Rally STR's are better in both areas. Curious to see what tread life will be.
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    Hmmmm.... I would love to see a bike show compare DIRECTLY these and my Heindenau Scouts....
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  12. Riga

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    This is the rear after 10.000 km. GSA all times fully loaded but without a passenger. I think I'm gonna stick to these! Great tire![​IMG]

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  13. modestmuscle

    modestmuscle Been here awhile Supporter

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    Wow!

    I can only hope to get close to 6,000 miles. That seems crazy to me, but I ride hard and fast.

    I ran Heidenau K60 a few times, people reported getting close to 10,000 miles, I didn't get more than 5,000..

    Thanks for posting pics of your findings.

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    tentative_rider Wanna Be On Gravel

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    Curious if they make the 170 rear all I can find are 150. I am cautious about using an undersized tire on the GSA LC due to the outboard spoke design. Just my feeling, no evidence I know of that it is bad though.

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  15. modestmuscle

    modestmuscle Been here awhile Supporter

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    http://www.bikebandit.com/tires-tubes/motorcycle-tires/pirelli-scorpion-rally-str-tire

    https://www.2wheel.com/pirelli-scorpion-rally-str-rear-tire.html

    I received my set 170 and 120 through local bike shop, who ordered them from Parts Unlimited..
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  16. hitmike

    hitmike sucio debutante

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    Mine just arrived yesterday. 170/60 and 120/70. Got them in 2 days from Bike Bandit. I was planning on TKC 70's next but this thread convinced me to give these a go!! will update with some feedback soon.
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  17. modestmuscle

    modestmuscle Been here awhile Supporter

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    One thousand thirty mile update.

    The very best tire I've ever had on!

    I don't expect to get the milage that others are reporting..

    At 1,000 mile mark I have used 2mm of 9mm to start with (rear tire). So if I continue with this 2mm per 1,000 mile it'll give me about 3,500, or less, because I hate used tires. I am definitely the guy that changes tires before necessary!!

    Maybe the wear will slow? The tread does increase width while it's wearing out.

    Cornering on these tires has changed for the better, but I think it might be me just getting used to them, as they handle much better/different than the Wilds I replaced.

    Off road still amazes me, the Pirelli is actually better off road than the TKC80 and the Wilds. I don't know why, because the tires sure don't look the part.

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  18. SloDon

    SloDon Hey...where am I?

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    Are they toast yet? Curious if you have many more miles on them and still like tem.
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  19. modestmuscle

    modestmuscle Been here awhile Supporter

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    Actually, as I had suspected, the wear has slowed. I'm at 1,700 now. I'm sure I'll get 3,500 out of them.

    Most of this tires life has been in 100+ temperatures, over loaded and my wife hanging on for her life.

    I'm still in love with this tire.

    Although it definitely was a learning curve for the tarmac. TKC70, TKC80, and Michelin wild have been my go too for so long, I forgot what a great road worthy tire was.

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  20. JRWooden

    JRWooden Homeless motorcycle vagabond ... and ... loving it

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    Has anybody run these on an F650 / F700 / F800GS twin?
    Have an estimate of mileage for that application?
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