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Three articles on the Rosso III, pretty consistent conclusion: good aggressive street tire, track use is pushing their use a bit, though.

These articles by Motorcylist and SportRider, but similar views also by some CW riders in other publications.

The bikes used in the testing above were a lot more powerful than the SS, but still, it's mainly a street tire for occasional track use, and I'm very satisfied with what seems like good fit for the bike.

Will be very interested to see how long these last.

Pirelli Diablo Rosso III Tires MC Tested | Motorcyclist

Pirelli Diablo Rosso III Tire Review | SR Tested | Sport Rider

Pirelli Diablo Rosso III Tires Ride Review | Sport Rider
 

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Agreed. I'm really liking these tires, so far. I'm most curious about longevity, though. I got only 3,200 miles on the II's that were on the Hyper. Now, for a true sport tire, that would have been great, but I expected a little more (maybe 800-1,000) for a mostly street tire. Let's see how these turn out.
 

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Pirelli has been on a roll building really good tires. I have Angel GTs and Night Dragons on my other bikes, all working great. The DR3s are working well on the fast canyon rides. It's a bonus they came as oem on the SS.
 

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Agreed. I'm really liking these tires, so far. I'm most curious about longevity, though. I got only 3,200 miles on the II's that were on the Hyper. Now, for a true sport tire, that would have been great, but I expected a little more (maybe 800-1,000) for a mostly street tire. Let's see how these turn out.
Agree. Looking at my current wear pattern, I think will get significantly more than 3000...

However, even though almost all my riding so far has been back roads, I'm starting to see the beginning of a flat spot already. Was hoping the harder center compound would have controlled that a bit better.
 

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Pirelli has been on a roll building really good tires. I have Angel GTs and Night Dragons on my other bikes, all working great. The DR3s are working well on the fast canyon rides. It's a bonus they came as oem on the SS.
Oh, do they? On yours?
 

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I read an article that criticised the rosso III's on the track, rider was on an aprilia tuono. Must say I was quite surprised but there are more factors than the tyre alone. Hence why there are other compounds available for track days. On the track I felt stable but also my SS doesn't have the torque of the tyre shredding tuono. Oh well, I still think it's a great tyre for the road. BTW it's a sport touring tyre and not a sports tyre so the author should take cognisance of that. It's like stating the rosso III was not good on the dirt....duh. Or using the supercorsa for touring...duh. Everything has a purpose so writing outside of its purpose is pretty stupid anyway. Thumbs down to the author of the article I read.
Phew I am on a ranting campaign lately.
 

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Agreed. I'm really liking these tires, so far. I'm most curious about longevity, though. I got only 3,200 miles on the II's that were on the Hyper. Now, for a true sport tire, that would have been great, but I expected a little more (maybe 800-1,000) for a mostly street tire. Let's see how these turn out.
At 600 miles the rear on my bike was down to 5.9mm tread at the centre. I happen to have a new unused Rosso III in the garage and the unworn depth at the same point is 7.00mm. So that's a wear rate of 1.10mm in 600 miles while taking it pretty easy during the run in.
Assuming the tyre should be changed at 2.00mm tread left then it will be pretty well worn out at 3,000 miles.
For comparison; my Scrambler has Avon Storm 3D X-M tyres fitted. At 3,000 miles it still has 5.00mm of tread left. The Avon is of course more of a touring tyre so not the best comparison but that is a huge difference in the wear rates.
I ran my MTS1200 with Michelin Pilot Roads and could see 7,500 miles from a rear tyre so I may go to them on the SS in the future.
 

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I read an article that criticised the rosso III's on the track, rider was on an aprilia tuono. Must say I was quite surprised but there are more factors than the tyre alone. Hence why there are other compounds available for track days. On the track I felt stable but also my SS doesn't have the torque of the tyre shredding tuono. Oh well, I still think it's a great tyre for the road. BTW it's a sport touring tyre and not a sports tyre so the author should take cognisance of that. It's like stating the rosso III was not good on the dirt....duh. Or using the supercorsa for touring...duh. Everything has a purpose so writing outside of its purpose is pretty stupid anyway. Thumbs down to the author of the article I read.
Phew I am on a ranting campaign lately.
I don't consider the Rosso 111 to be a sports touring tyre there are so many better suited for that purpose. To me it is a pure street Sport tyre with ability to use on the track. I know you will get 8000 km out of these tyres as a bunch of us on various 1000cc bikes have been using over the last 18 months great tyre very acceptable ware for the grip it gives
 

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At 600 miles the rear on my bike was down to 5.9mm tread at the centre. I happen to have a new unused Rosso III in the garage and the unworn depth at the same point is 7.00mm. So that's a wear rate of 1.10mm in 600 miles while taking it pretty easy during the run in.
Assuming the tyre should be changed at 2.00mm tread left then it will be pretty well worn out at 3,000 miles.
For comparison; my Scrambler has Avon Storm 3D X-M tyres fitted. At 3,000 miles it still has 5.00mm of tread left. The Avon is of course more of a touring tyre so not the best comparison but that is a huge difference in the wear rates.
I ran my MTS1200 with Michelin Pilot Roads and could see 7,500 miles from a rear tyre so I may go to them on the SS in the future.
I know that YMMV with any tire, but what is the recommended spec for the mileage on the Rosso III's? 3000 miles is not very much
 

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At 600 miles the rear on my bike was down to 5.9mm tread at the centre. I happen to have a new unused Rosso III in the garage and the unworn depth at the same point is 7.00mm. So that's a wear rate of 1.10mm in 600 miles while taking it pretty easy during the run in.
Assuming the tyre should be changed at 2.00mm tread left then it will be pretty well worn out at 3,000 miles.
For comparison; my Scrambler has Avon Storm 3D X-M tyres fitted. At 3,000 miles it still has 5.00mm of tread left. The Avon is of course more of a touring tyre so not the best comparison but that is a huge difference in the wear rates.
I ran my MTS1200 with Michelin Pilot Roads and could see 7,500 miles from a rear tyre so I may go to them on the SS in the future.
Thanks for posting the calculation!

Have also been very satisfied with many sets of PR2s and PR3s on my K12. With 170 hp and 530 lb bike, I used to burn up Sport tires very quickly in back roads, and found the PRs to have amazing longevity, warm up quicker than, and in some cases even have more stick than Sport tires. Not sure they would handle as well as the Rosso III, but perhaps not a significant enough of a difference given the increased longevity.
 

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Three articles on the Rosso III, pretty consistent conclusion: good aggressive street tire, track use is pushing their use a bit, though.

These articles by Motorcylist and SportRider, but similar views also by some CW riders in other publications.

The bikes used in the testing above were a lot more powerful than the SS, but still, it's mainly a street tire for occasional track use, and I'm very satisfied with what seems like good fit for the bike.

Will be very interested to see how long these last.

Pirelli Diablo Rosso III Tires MC Tested | Motorcyclist

Pirelli Diablo Rosso III Tire Review | SR Tested | Sport Rider

Pirelli Diablo Rosso III Tires Ride Review | Sport Rider
Just spent two days on the track with the OEM Rosso IIIs. A lot of fiddling with suspension and tire pressures when I had the chance, but I had nowhere near enough time to do a thorough job, so my results are not at all conclusive.

My superficial impression was positive. This is a street tire and certainly not a race tire, but is an acceptable trackday tire if you respect its limits. I was going nowhere near its limits due to lack of front-end feel from the bike. Consequently, the rear was worn right to the edge, the front has a few mm of virgin rubber left. You'd have to be pushing the front pretty hard to get to that edge. I prefer a front tire with a sharper edge, and would need better front suspension response to push this one to its edge.

I'll post details and some video clips when I get a few minutes when my 'supervisor' isn't watching me...maybe when she's asleep?
 

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I don't consider the Rosso 111 to be a sports touring tyre there are so many better suited for that purpose. To me it is a pure street Sport tyre with ability to use on the track. I know you will get 8000 km out of these tyres as a bunch of us on various 1000cc bikes have been using over the last 18 months great tyre very acceptable ware for the grip it gives
I am corrected...but its still not an out and out track tyre.

https://www.pirelli.com/tyre/ww/en/...-of-sports-riding-taking-it-to-the-new-level/
 

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Two days of modest track time. Rosso IIIs held up well. You can see the front end wasn't working, so I wasn't willing to push the front tire, and the center of the rear looks brand new without a lot of pavement wrinkling power on tap. Fortunately an innately good cornering bike, turning easily and precisely.
 

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3 mm left on my rear at the center, 1950 miles, 80% back road riding.
 

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3 mm left on my rear at the center, 1950 miles, 80% back road riding.
What's your estimate on miles when they're shot? You gonna make it to 3,000? This confuses me a little, as other think 5,000+ is within reasonable reach...
 

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8000 kms (4970 miles) on my bike and getting a new tire put on Thursday! Down to the wear marks! Not bad really! Great tire and always confidence inspiring!

Even put a set on my daughter's R3.
 

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8000 kms (4970 miles) on my bike and getting a new tire put on Thursday! Down to the wear marks! Not bad really! Great tire and always confidence inspiring!

Even put a set on my daughter's R3.
Must add I was hoping for more. Mine has close to 7000km's and it seems to be going quickly. I originally thought I would get 10000-12000km's but I retract that now. If I get 9000 then i'm lucky. No doubt someone who ran their bike in differently to the manual will have some boasting to do, if you know what I mean.
 

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Phew that is a quick wear rate. Are you hard on the gas at pull off. Explain your riding style to us coz that is nuts.
Well 80% back road equals 80% sport riding. And yes, I ride the bike the way it was intended.

I was expecting "extra credit" for my weight only 133 lbs...but considering sport riding it most miles actually consider that a pretty good wear rate.
 

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What's your estimate on miles when they're shot? You gonna make it to 3,000? This confuses me a little, as other think 5,000+ is within reasonable reach...
Little hard to judge bc planning a trip soon that will change wear character some. Trip will be 800 miles or so, 60% travel, 40% sport riding. Stay tuned. But if I had to guess, would say will get maybe 3700 miles rear.
 
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