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post #1 of 14 Old 08-12-2015, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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I wasn't a big fan of the Diablo Rosso II

Well, all I had was the rear tire.

I put on pilot street radials around 6-8k miles. I loved these tires in comparison to the IRC tires that came with the bike.

I got a nail in the rear tire around 11k miles ( :[ ). But it's ok, I plugged it and happily rode around until around 13k miles when the plug ripped out while riding around in the canyons. Short story shorter I ended up with a Diablo Rosso II rear.

First impressions of this tire were lackluster. I guess I was expecting more confidence in the corners due to the dual compound but it never came.

What did come was a flat spot on the tire after only 2K miles. ( daily commute is 25 miles in a straight line each way.) I figured whatever, but today took the cake. I'm at 18K miles (5K on tires) and metal started showing in the center of the tire. Meanwhile my front is hardly worn in.

I'm pretty good with pressure keeping it between 28-32 depending on the situation. Here's the tire though. I'm going back to Michelin for now.
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I had the same reaction to the Pilot Street Radials. The IRCs were good street tires but I am loving the Michelin Pilot Street Radials for their nimbleness, quietness, and smooth riding qualities.

I've noticed that the treadlife seems to be very good. I only have 3k miles on mine but they still look nearly new.
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DR2's are not known for their long life. It's a matter of the right tool for the right job.
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Yeah, Diablo Rosso tires are not meant for long life, rather for performance
Can't have both most of the time
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Yeah, Diablo Rosso tires are not meant for long life, rather for performance
Can't have both most of the time
What he said. You get insane grip, or insane wear resistance. Pick one.
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DR2's also have insane wet weather grip,
and last forever compared to more sporting tyres like Supercorsas and BT003's




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I do not ride insanely, so I don't need insane grip!

I want a well-balanced performer for composed street riding in generally dry but occasionally very wet conditions.

Priorities:
  1. Excellent tip-in responsiveness
  2. Maintains decent road contact running over rough pavement in turns
  3. Sensible tread life (at least 8k miles / 13k km)
  4. Confident wet and dry traction
  5. Smooth and quiet riding qualities for long, peaceful journeys
  6. Light weight carcass to reduce unsprung weight (see #2 above)
  7. Price
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DR2's also have insane wet weather grip,
and last forever compared to more sporting tyres like Supercorsas and BT003's
I was actually pleasantly surprised with the wet performance. I don't know why, but I expected it to be abysmal. However there was not a huge difference from the street radials in greasy or downpour conditions. I'm sure I would notice if only it would rain out here more than twice a year.

I don't want anyone to think I'm saying these tires are "bad." They just don't fit me/my commute right now. Also I don't think I have the skill level to take full advantage of these tires. I consider myself of moderate skill, only occasionally scuffing those last few millimeters of my chicken strips.

TL : DR I need to move somewhere less flat.
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What did come was a flat spot on the tire after only 2K miles. ( daily commute is 25 miles in a straight line each way.)
I'm at 18K miles (5K on tires) and metal started showing in the center of the tire. Meanwhile my front is hardly worn in.
Unusual to get the flat spot at only 2K miles. Perhaps the wheel was not balanced?
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Unusual to get the flat spot at only 2K miles. Perhaps the wheel was not balanced?
Not so much of a flat spot as the center had flattened out the whole way round. Commuting=no good
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