Pirelli Angel GT Tire Review — Motorcycle USA

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Pirelli Angel GT Tire

Sport-touring tires aren’t for bikes with adjustable heated grips and hard anymore. According to a market by Pirelli nearly 40% of all radial tires sold in Europe in and 2012 were of the sport-touring while only 12% of the market are ST

Recognizing that supersport, and even adventure-bike owners also fitting sport-touring to their machines, Pirelli to create a tire that satisfy commuters, tourers and warriors in a wide range of Enter the Pirelli Angel GT.

The GT replaces the Angel ST with a on offering better performance, but as importantly, more consistency the life of the tire. Pirelli set the for the GT to have the best mileage in the and improved wet performance while the excellent handling qualities for the brand is known. To accomplish lofty goal a total took place.

While the pattern of the GT looks very to the older ST model, the land and sea and tread groove) ratio has increased by 10% on the front and 16% on rear. continuous grooves evacuate water and the flow continuity has improved. Tread direction has been optimized, replacing two with one larger cut at a steeper to the sidewall.

All this means more to meet the road for dry grip and effective water shredding for wet duty. Another benefit of the redesign is the center ribbon of has increased for better braking on the tire and increased mileage for the Finally the groove depth on the has been decreased for more and stiffness when leaned

Slip force as the tire along the pavement is one of the biggest of premature wear; to counteract Pirelli has created a new generation low profile on the rear tire. The GT is now flatter in the center for a larger patch to further help mileage performance, while the are 5% steeper to increase lean

Because of the larger footprint by the new shape, a WSBK racing-derived is employed to give the tire structural support. This elongation as load increase for a feeling tire.

The third side of a tire’s triangle is the compound. Up front a silica monocompound covers the surface. At the rear a dual-compound the same 100% silica on the for dry and wet grip and a 70% silica compound in the is used for mileage and high-speed The center stripe accounts for 20% of the surface of the rear tire.

A new mixing process combines polymers, reactive resins and materials to maintain traction as tire temps rise.

tasked the Motorrad Test to conduct an independent test to the Angel GT’s mileage and performance falloff over the of the tire. The results claim the tops the usable life over the Michelin Pilot 3, Bridgestone BT023, Dunlop II and Continental Road Attack 2 in that order. It also that the Angel GT has the most feel and performance as the tire

On the Deck and Track

Pirelli the media to Southern Italy to put the GT to the test in some very situations. The first day the group was to the port city of Taranto we would be conducting the most braking tests ever for a press introduction. Three Kawasaki Ninja 1000’s sat for on the deck of Italy’s flagship carrier, the Cavour.

That’s right sportbikes on the deck of an aircraft carrier!

each run the deck was flooded seawater followed by a blast the deck at 60-70mph with a stop at the end to get a feel for the wet grip of the GT. this was definitely one of the coolest I’ve done on a motorcycle, not could be gleaned from test. The Cavour’s flight surface has far more grip even the stickiest asphalt.

In the Pirelli engineers confirmed there was a 50% higher coefficient of than the average road. So I stopped, and I stopped fast. So that that the Ninja’s ABS would go screwy and try to activate as the tire lifted and the front decelerated at a rate outside the set by Kawasaki.

While the first day of was quite a thrill, the second day prove the mettle of the Angel GT on at the Porsche-owned Nardo Technical The 3.7-mile course was designed to conditions in the real world and was by the safety team as “not a Undulating pavement patches, asphalt surfaces and limited areas confirmed that was meant to test tires, not set lap But any ribbon of black linked at each end is a racetrack in the eyes of a motohead, and after a few sightings it was ridden in accordance to that rule.

Yamaha GT 50
Yamaha GT 50

A bevy of motorcycle choices available from full-on touring behemoths to … to even a couple of Yamaha For the first session I went for a Yamaha FJR to really get a sense of the GT on something that would be the obvious application.

I’ll cut to the chase and say I am very impressed the Angel GT. Warm up time was quick, reaching operating and optimal grip within a of a lap. The tires were willing to get down to business I was on the FJR, and it took several before I became comfortable to give it the business. When stick was applied I was able to get my knee on the ground on the big Yamaha.

Remember this is a 637-pound tourer.

Lean-in takes more effort with the profile of the rear tire Pirelli’s sport offerings, but not an annoyance just an observation. off the centerline of the tire movement the edge of the Angel GT is very and there is no stepped feel crossing over from the wearing center compound to the outside. The level of grip is for a tire that is must long and have wet grip.

the portly FJR I was able to push the but the tire never let go unexpectedly. The GT you know things are getting and then breaks free an easy slide rather a violent snap.

Only did I have a moment that was on the Angel GT. While flogging a Street Triple, I got on the gas too hard the apex of a tight left and the stepped out while at full Even though the tire let go, it was like the front, with the was slow and controlled.

Although my error got me sideways, the nature of the tire’s grip it possible to maintain the throttle and drive right out of the slide.

important to note the testing of the GT on this occasion was at a pace would never be possible on the and was even ridiculous at times on the course. Pushing the limit on the just proves how capable Pirellis are on the street. Granted don’t have the velco-grip of sport rubber, but they are above the level expected a sport-touring tire.

And they last a whole lost

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