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Pirelli Scorpion Trail Motorcycle Rear Tire. 150/70/17, looks like good tire. interesting tread design. fairly good price, about $155.. tread life ? over all performance ? what do you think ? TIA..

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Pirelli Scorpion Trail Motorcycle Rear Tire. 150/70/17, looks like good tire. interesting tread design. fairly good price, about $155.. tread life ? over all performance ? what do you think ? TIA..

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They came stock on my friend's Guzzi Stelvio.
I don't know how long they'll last, he doesn't get to ride too much, but really likes the way they grip & handle.
 

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Rode nice, but only got a little over 3k miles. That really ducked.
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Sucked, sucked
 

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Pirelli, parent company of Metzeler, is being bought out by China Chemical. While Pirelli has been world-wide for many years, more of the production is moving to China. Some have reported differences between Chinese Metzeler and German Metzeler tires of the same model. We don't know much about Pirelli Scorpion Trails--try it, let us know where they were made, and how you like them. It is an older model tire. Newer tire models are the Bridgestone A40 (replacement for Battlewing), Metzeler Tourance Next, Continental TrailAttack2, and Michelin Anakee 3. The newer tires likely have better rubber compounds, tread design, casing design.
 

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I found those to be far and away the best of the 90/10 type tires. There certainly are better road tyres, but they had far better grip off road than anything else road orientated that I've run.

Life was O.K..

I'm currently using Pilot Road 4's, a wonderful road tire but absolutely foul on gravel. Which works for me, I have a damaged shoulder right now and running those keeps me out of places where I'm likely to damage the shoulder some more ;)


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Trail I was good for road

I was logging on to read about experiences with the Scorpion Trial II. I had an original Scorpion Trail and it did really well on the pavement. It was a superior tire, except for gravel where I went down twice - not all the tire's fault but, after running a few other tires (Dunlop TR91, and now almost used up a Heidenau K76 - which is very very good at gravel and hard pan), I see how poor the Pirrelli was on gravel.
I have a new commute route that I stay mostly on pavement now, so I was thinking of trying the Scorpion Trial II. I'll look around a bit.
 

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I was logging on to read about experiences with the Scorpion Trial II. I had an original Scorpion Trail and it did really well on the pavement. It was a superior tire, except for gravel where I went down twice - not all the tire's fault but, after running a few other tires (Dunlop TR91, and now almost used up a Heidenau K76 - which is very very good at gravel and hard pan), I see how poor the Pirrelli was on gravel.
I have a new commute route that I stay mostly on pavement now, so I was thinking of trying the Scorpion Trial II. I'll look around a bit.
That Dunlop TR91 is one excellent all around tire for big ADV bikes, my ole 1000 came with them when I acquired it.
 

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Yeah, I really really like the TR91. Maybe I'm just not ready for a long-term commitment yet. I still want to hunt for other tires, but they were very good to me. The front wore quickly (compared to others I've used) though, and had a little cupping wear to them. But, the ride and traction were excellent. I've seen them on sale for a good bit less than I paid last year.
 

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I bought my 2008 DL1000 three weeks ago, has Scorpion Trail tyres, I am amazed at how great they are! Haven't been able to try them in the wet yet but I am totally impressed so far, I've done about a thousand kms on winding bumpy roads and they have been top notch. Been through road works, handles sweet as, I haven't been off road with them though so I can't comment on that.
 

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Pirelli Scorpion Trail Motorcycle Rear Tire. 150/70/17, looks like good tire. interesting tread design. fairly good price, about $155.. tread life ? over all performance ? what do you think ? TIA..

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Of all the 90/10 road/dirt tires I've used those have the most grip on dirt. Don't get me wrong, they aren't a GOOD offroad tire, just more survivable than the others. Road life was fine, as was road performance. Again, there are better road tires, but for a compromise tire it's a good road tire.
 

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What follows is my review of the Pirelli Scorpion Trail II Dual Sport Tires. I've had them on my '14 Vee since March and have ridden these tires exclusively on pavement both in freeway commuting situations as well as aggressive twisty riding on No Cal country roads, mountain roads, as well as Highway 1.

I bought these tires as I was interested in trying a dual compound tire for pavement riding. I also have a set of Heidenau K60's as well as a TKC 80 front for dirty work. Of course my first set on this bike were the ubiquitous Battlewings.

First the very good about the Scorpions: They corner extremely well. The soft compound outer walls stick like glue and I feel very confident when leaning into corners. The tire handles variable pavement conditions while cornering as well. Also for those coming off the Battlewings you will be very happy with this tire in that it makes the Strom more playful. It leans much easier into the corners with the Scorpions. While the Strom will never be a "flicky" bike...it's more fun on the tar for sure with these tires.

Now the caveat: The reason for buying a dual compound tire is the durability/hardness of the center of the tire while having softer outer walls for cornering. With a harder compound in the center and the softer sides, these tires behave differently in up riding vs cornering conditions and I found that I need to account for this. I learned this while hard braking coming into a corner on Highway One and having the back tire skid on smooth pavement, and it has also happened at other times as well. Part of this of course was rider skill in brake application for sure. Let's just say that being mindful of the harder center rubber is now making me focus on better braking skills.

All in all I'd buy these again. They'll be on my bike until I swap them back to the Heidenaus in early August for some trail adventures later in the Summer and the Fall. Happy Riding-
 
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