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Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa in New Size Selected for the New Ducati Streetfighter 848

Rome, (Georgia), October 6, 2011 – The latest addition from Borgo Panigale, the newly-born Ducati Streetfighter 848 is to be fitted with the Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tire, size 180/60ZR17 as original equipment. Related to Ducati’s Streetfighter 1099 and the more extreme Streetfighter S, the Streetfighter 848 is the ‘younger sibling’ and is the third member of the Streetfighter family of motorcycles to feature Pirelli rubber, and will come to America with 100% fitments. The mounting of the Diablo Rosso Corsa to the 848 confirms once again the solid and lasting technological partnership between Pirelli and Ducati and the Italian tire maker’s ongoing commitment to investments in innovation and products designed specifically for the needs of the customer.

Ducati’s new Streetfighter 848 is an opportunity for Pirelli to extend the high-performance Diablo Rosso Corsa 180/60 rear fitment to road and track session use for modern faired and naked bikes. The Diablo Rosso Corsa uses the technology matured by Pirelli in the FIM Supersport World Championship and fined-tuned for road use through a proven process of transferring racing technology to high performance sporty products for the road. The new size is able to offer more riding comfort, more regular wear, a greater smoothness during lean-in and a faster recovery out of corners.

The Diablo Rosso Corsa’s proven profiles and structures have established it as the benchmark in the segment due to an excellent support provided at lean and the quick recovery out of corners. Manufactured with the latest design technologies such as EPT (Enhanced Patch Technology), the set-up was developed in WSBK and matched with a three compound zone rear tire to optimize the contact area and maximize grip on the road and track. These elements help offer a tire which provides a surprisingly excellent track performance and greater responsiveness on the road for incredible bike control in all situations.

The tire’s construction and profile provide maximum agility and control, providing better support under full lean of the motorcycle. The matching 120/70ZR17 front tire utilizes Pirelli’s patented 0° steel belt that provides maximum support during extreme braking and corner entry. The new 180/60ZR17 rear was born from Ducati’s need to have a tire that could offer superior grip without the use of excessively soft compounds. It’s made with compounds in three different areas: a softer area on the shoulders (25% on each side) for maximum performance in more active riding on extreme curves and a tougher middle section to extend the useful life of the tire.

The 180/60ZR17 rear tire is characterized by the same width/height ratio used in national and world Supersport competitions and offers increased surface contact compared to the 180/55, ​​even more effective with its “slick” area at maximum angle. Compared to the 180/55, the tire is approximately 8 mm wider (186 against 178) while the diameter increases by about 18 mm (630 against 648). This slightly increased height and width of the profile also increases the comfort for the rider, while the increased contact area distributes the stresses transmitted from the road surface more evenly, reducing wear of both types of compounds at the rear. The transverse grooves between the central and lateral shoulder areas of the rear tire quickly disperse any remaining water, providing excellent grip in the wet, while the smooth center tread provides the maximum amount of rubber to the ground as possible, increasing traction during acceleration and guaranteeing straight-line stability.

In line with other sizes of the Diablo Rosso Corsa and its hypersport sister the Diablo Rosso II, the 180/60 rear may also be personalized thanks to a dedicated spaces on the tire’s sidewalls where consumers may apply a small labels to be customized and purchased on the website

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One Comment

  1. Norm G. says:

    another clue as to the use of a 35mm longer swingarm. the must be fitting it then to big brother also.