Just fitted a new Pirelli Diablo Corsa to my 2001 R1’s back wheel.
Instead of going for the standard 190/50 I opted for the smaller 180/55 as I had heard it makes the bike more lively. And hey presto, here’s me with a brand new bike.
It went from being a precise tool to guide into the corner with mild pressure to a far more nimble (but far from nervous) corner-homing device.
Whereas I previously felt the need to hang off the side of the bike to coax it round a corner at speed I now feel more than comfortable just pointing it at the corner and let the bike do the work. The daily zigzag through traffic becomes effortless instead of a wrestle and no compromise has been made to overall stability.
Although it looks a bit skinny from behind, you don’t really notice when you’re looking at the corner in front of you, right?
Any of you have made similar or dissimilar experiences? Good or bad? Surely it depends on which bike you drive and I won’t consider putting a 120/70 on the rear but hey…
Your input is appreciated.