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Pirelli Angel GT tyres

By MCN -


 13 June 2014 11:57

Pirelli Angel GT tyres, £223*

What’s new?
There’s a new 100% silica single compound front and dual compound rear tyre with revised profile shapes, construction and tread pattern, for improved grip, steering agility and longevity. According to Pirelli, they last longer than their rivals’ offerings when tested at the independent ‘Motorrad Test Centre’.

Who are they for?
Riders who want to use the same tyre for commuting, Sunday blasts, holidays and the odd track day

What are they like?
Who would’ve thought you could fit sports touring tyres to a superbike like a Yamaha R1 and have real fun around a race track?

Sports touring tyres used to be all about big mileages, but they never had enough grip or steering agility to use on a sports bike. But the latest generation, like the new Pirelli Angel GT (Gran Turismo), mean you can have your tyre cake and eat it. These tyres will do just about everything from commuting to holidays and even track days.

We tried Pirelli’s new rubber around a dry, but slippery Targa Florio road course in Sicily, on a Kawasaki ZX-10R and performed a simulated wet-weather braking test on a Kawasaki Z1000SX… on the deck of an Italian Navy aircraft carrier, called the Cavour. As you do.

We also tested them on a beautiful track at the Nardo proving ground in Italy on an R1, a Kawasaki Z800 and Yamaha FJR1300.

On our road test, on a ZX-10R, they warmed up faster than sports tyres – especially beneficial in a cold UK. They offer excellent grip and steering agility, even on a superbike.

For our wet-weather braking test on the deck of an aircraft carrier, they pulled up perfectly from 50-0mph, but the deck of the ship had a surface like sandpaper and the Z1000SX had ABS, so it was always going to stop well.

Most impressive was the Angel GT’s performance around the Nardo test track. We’re not going to pretend they have the poise, grip and steering lightness of full-on sports or track day tyres, but they’re hugely capable and the rear refuses to let go unless you’re pushing very hard. We reckon they’re the sportiest of all the sports touring tyres.

More info: www.pirellimoto.co.uk

Front: 120/60 ZR17 (55W), 120/70 ZR17 (58W), 110/80 ZR18 (58W), 120/70 ZR18 (59W) 110/80 R 19 M/C 58V+.

Rear: 150/70 R 17 69V+, 150/70 ZR17 (69W), 160/60 ZR17 (69W), 170/60 ZR17 (72W), 180/55 ZR17 (73W)*, 190/50 ZR17 (73W)*, 190/55 ZR17 (75W)* 190/55 ZR 17 (75W) (D) , 160/60 ZR18 (70W).

* Also available with an ‘A’ suffix for heavier bikes
* Also available with an ‘A’ suffix for heavier bikes

Pirelli AngelST £187**

Pirelli’s older sports-touring tyre, the Angel ST, is still available for a lower price and remains a trustworthy option that’s not quite up to the staggering wet grip of the newer GT model.

Front: 120/60 ZR17 (55W), 120/70 ZR17 (58W).

Rear: 150/70 ZR17 (69W), 160/60 ZR17 (69W), 170/60 ZR17 (72W), 180/55 ZR17 (73W), 190/50 ZR17 (73W), 190/55 ZR17 (75W)

** Prices shown are for a pair in the most common size of 180/55 ZR17 and 120/70 ZR 17 from SMD Tyres in Leigh, Lancashire in June 2014.