OEM Pirelli Scorpion Trail ekes out 22,000 + km

OEM Pirelli Scorpion 110/80R-10 has gone the distance, 22,000 + km in fourteen months

OEM Pirelli Scorpion 110/80R-10 has gone the distance, 22,000 + km in fourteen months

My 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX’s OEM Pirelli Scorpion Trail front tire has managed a very satisfactory 22,000 plus kilometres, and has reached the end of its life.

The Scorpion Trail is a popular OEM tire and comes standard on a number of adventure-touring motorcycles such as the 2013 Ducati Multistrada and Suzuki V-Strom.

Pirelli advertizes the Scorpion Trail as a 95/5 tire – that is, 95-percent on road, 5-percent off road use.  I used the Stelvio 100-percent on road.

The Scorpion Trail tires are very good and gave me a lot of confidence whether riding ‘briskly’ (and perhaps a touch too fast, accidentally dragging the Stelvio’s sidestand on National Forestry Road #39 near Mount St. Helens, WA recently) on dry pavement or whether in the rain.  (A friend of mine regularly does track days.  One of his bikes is a Pirelli Scorpion shod V-Strom and he says he’s perfectly happy running the Scorpion Trails at the track.)

I’ve always run the front tire at the factory-recommended 36 psi.  Overall, I can’t complain.

However, the Scorpion is now an older design tire.  The replacement for this Pirelli will be a newer generation Michelin Anakee 3.

 

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