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Road 5

As mentioned in other threads, I really like the Rosso III tires, but hopefully can do a long trip soon and will be needing longer mileage.

So I am currently at the dealer getting Road 5 mounted. They’ll also do the under tank wiring check.

Here’s a vid, that happens to be on an SS. Will post personal notes as I get them scrubbed.


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A new tire test on our very own scoot .
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So, lemme get this straight.

I twist this little tube, it gets loud, I go forward really fast and it makes me smile...is that how it all works?
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So, lemme get this straight.

I twist this little tube, it gets loud, I go forward really fast and it makes me smile...is that how it all works?
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20 miles home from dealer a few prelim impressions...but since not scrubbed yet, and tire pressures were a little off when I checked at home after they cooled, itís too soon to draw any conclusions about the tires.

If the weather holds and doesnít rain, Iíll scrub them properly tomorrow on some back roads, then let it rip, and report my impressions.
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Ok guys and gals...

Just got back from a some back road sport riding on the Road 5s, and wanted to post a few notes while itís fresh.

As a little background my rear stock Rosso III was down to the wear bars at about 3800 miles, and havenít had a chance to replace it for a bit. So since itís not safe to ride aggressively with tires going past the wear bars, have been babying it the last 600 miles to where it was almost down to the threads. F/R replaced at 4400.

The front Rosso III is in perfectly good condition about 50% worn. So I kept it, and after the Road 5s are done, will get a new Rosso III rear and remount the half done front Rosso, which should bring me to the finish line equally for the two.

So why did I go to the 5s? Well, the trip may exceed 4000 miles, and I donít want to change tires on the trip.
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So how do the Rosso III and Road 5 compare???

I like the Road 5s, a lot.

But I can notice some differences. The Road 5 is an excellent tire, but is not quite as quick to turn as the Rosso III. How much of a difference? Not much! Little hard to quantify, but let me try.

If this makes any sense, my perceptions of the Road 5 is that it is 90-95% of Rosso III maneuverability. When aggressively sport riding, I noticed it to be a tad slower. Or another way of looking at it is to say it was a tad more stable. Without pushing it, just casual riding, the difference is not noticeable. Although I didnít go to the track, there it would probably be more noticeable.

Other characteristics. Stopping and cornering grip, no noticeable differences when street sport riding. The Rosso III might have a slightly taller profile than the Road 5. But both Road 5 and Rossoís felt very similar to me with regards to cornering grip and braking.

Road 5 seemed slightly more compliant, but both were very close.

In summary then, and this is only one perspective, and you guys may come to different conclusions, but the difference between Rosso III and Road 5 when street sport riding to me was maneuverability. And while there is a difference, the difference from my perspective is small.

Which I guess is what should be expected. The Road 5 is purported to be a sporty, sport touring tire. And my riding perceptions seemed to confirm that.

Although I will return to the Rosso III after the Road 5, I am satisfied with this purchase as Iím expecting more than double the mileage, while retaining 90-95% of the maneuverability of Rosso III, as well as very similar street concerning grip and braking power and feel.
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Did you compare the weights of the Road 5 and the Rosso III? I'm fairly sure that you'd find that the Rosso III is lighter which would help explain why it turns in quicker. In my experience Pirelli tyres have a very thin carcass. When you get down to the bottom of the tread there is bugger all left.
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