Some Proper Racing Tires for Your Small Bike
We’re not the only one noticing a major shift in the motorcycle industry towards smaller bikes. Pirelli will add some new sizes for its Diablo Superbike tire lineup so that entry-level sized sportbikes can have some legit racing slicks to add to their bike.
According to a press release posted by Motorcycle.com, the company will offer the tires in 110/70-17 front and 140/70-17 rear sizes. The tires will come with the company’s SC1 compound. Pirelli reworked the front tire to improve the amount of grip it offers. It said the rear tire will offer the same feeling and performance of the rest of the Diablo Supercosa tires.
Pirelli’s racing team has been working hard to develop sizing dedicated to smaller displacement sportbike racing”, said Oscar Solis, road racing manager, Pirelli. “Throughout the past several years the 300cc and 400cc sportbike popularity has continued to trend upwards, generating interest as an entry-level racing class and for younger riders that are looking to move up through the ranks.
Solis went on to say that the tires tested well and should provide what customers look for in a racing tire. With Pirelli’s long history of vehicle rubber excellence, I can’t imagine these tires not meeting expectations.
We will continue to see more sub 500cc racing motorcycles come into existence. I would expect Pirelli to continue to expand its tire lineup. Hopefully, we’ll be able to test these tires at some point on a racetrack and let you know the results.