WORDS: John Milbank, editor Motorcycle Sport and Leisure – PHOTOGRAPHY: Milagro

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Price: Around £240 a pair

What better way to test a tyre that’s claimed to be perfect for UK riders of sports, naked and sport-touring bikes than in the pouring rain?

I’m sure that, in 20°C heat on a sunny Spanish race track the new Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres would be absolutely stunning; the evolution of the excellent Rosso II, which I’ve used on my favourite (fast) British roads, and on Cadwell (in the dry), the new rubber promises increased grip and mileage. But it wasn’t to be – Aragon was covered in standing water, we were all soaked, and yet we were still all utterly impressed.

The Diablo range was launched in 2002, with the Rosso II (which will still be available) hitting the market in 2011.

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