Pirelli has presented the new Scorpion Rally STR, an addition to their range in a new knobbly enduro on/off road tyre for adventure without limits, designed specifically for the latest generation of adventure, dual purpose and enduro street bikes.
Pirelli claims the Scorpion Rally STR is a revolution in the tyre segment combining the performance of a rally competition tyre with that of an enduro street tyre conceived for the latest generation of adventure, dual purpose and street enduro bikes, also capable of handling long trips and excursions, including off road sections.
Designed specifically to meet the most demanding needs on the market with an aggressive tread and important technological innovations that provide traction on dirt roads, stability even at high speeds, handling and agility on the road, in addition to comfort and grip in all riding conditions.
The riders that the new Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR is aimed at are those seeking versatility, balanced on and off road performance and a knobbly tyre with an aggressive look that does not sacrifice grip, safety on wet roads, mileage, stability and comfort.
Technical characteristics of Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR
a compound high in silica content that provides excellent grip in any conditions of use and high mileage.
street type profiles and structure to guarantee top notch handling on the road.
An innovative tread pattern to provide both traction on dirt roads and stability on asphalt.
In addition to new profiles, Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR has a structure and compound that draws on benefits from Pirelli’s experience on road segments. The tread pattern is that of a true knobbly, with innovative geometry and knob arrangement.
The main advantages and benefits that the new Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR provides to the rider are
excellent traction off road thanks to the new tread pattern.
performance on the road that boasts handling, stability and grip in both dry and wet conditions. The profiles, structure and compound stem from Pirelli’s experience in the street enduro segment, where products such as the SCORPION™ Trail and SCORPION™ Trail II have won numerous comparative tyre tests conducted by the most prestigious international magazines and are original equipment on many key models.
More recently, there has been a different, and in some ways diverse, trend in the motorcycle industry that has become increasingly attentive to the “scrambler” phenomenon. The old and original scrambler bikes that date back to the ’70s have come out of oblivion from warehouses and garages, dusted off, restored and proudly returned to the road. At the same time, new, modern and revisited scrambler versions have been introduced to the market by motorcycle manufacturers with excellent sales results, as the Ducati Scrambler project shows, proving to be one of the best selling bikes in recent years. Last, but not least, many customisers have found new and vital inspiration and have begun modifying street motorcycles to turn them into modern and attractive scramblers.
Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR Tread Patters
As already mentioned the Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tread pattern is that of a true knobbly, optimised for use on the road thanks to the increased rubber surface area in contact with the ground in the tread contact area.
The tread of the Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR has a completely new geometry and knob height-width ratio that is brand new to the market. Thanks to this feature, Pirelli has succeeded in achieving increased stability on the road without compromising traction off road.
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In fact, the large central knobs ensure a wider tread contact area, thereby increasing stability for use on the road even at high speeds and at the same time reducing wear. The ample central indentations allow the knobs to penetrate the terrain, providing top of the line off road traction.
Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR Compound
The Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tread has a single layer with high silica content, both on the front and the rear, for the purpose of achieving high tear resistance, stability, superior abrasion resistance and a high level of grip in both dry and wet conditions. The silica content is greater than 55%, with a balanced percentage of carbon black and resin.
Particular attention was paid to selecting the polymers and fillers to harmonise their combination in the best possible way. Thanks in part to Pirelli’s exclusive and patented blending process, the silica and carbon black were combined with new types of resins, oils and polymers, improving cohesion and reaching an extremely high level of uniformity. This was the key to maximising the potential of the components and improving their characteristics, allowing them all to take maximum advantage of their own chemical and mechanical properties to guarantee stable and long-lasting performance.
Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR will initially be available from January 2017 in the sizes that come on the new Ducati Scrambler, but during the course of the year, the range will be expanded to include more sizes.
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