Mid-June last year I installed a set of Pirelli Rosso 3’s for my MT-09. I’ve now had them for well over thirteen months and covered more than 20,000kms including 5 trackdays and 8 times to Penang and one time ride cross border to Phuket Bike Week. You know what that means, review time!
Here’s the full review about the tyres, they are Pirelli’s sports tyre. They aren’t a full on sports tyre like the SuperCorsa’s, they are more street focused. After having them for a while I can say that they are suited to hard street riding, commuting and a medium paced track day.
My initial thoughts on the tyre is they are very sticky. Having owned the Rosso 2’s and most of the time on SuperCorsa, but never last over 3000km mileage
So the Rosso 3 definitely have a sportier compound and last longer, I really mean long. I can pretty well stick my finger nail straight into the rubber and leave an indentation. What’s been most surprising though is how well they’ve worn and how the Rosso 3 handles in the wet roads. Even the Rosso 3 does slide abit compare to SuperCorsa, but you will never get any surprises, and as it’s a little taller at the side wall especially the front, it is slower to tip in but they stick pretty well, I have no issue over leaning in mid corner and making corrections, but of course it wont get the absolute feel and performance of a SuperCorsa. But warm up time is pretty fast.
Rides to Gotong Jaya via Ulu Yam, I definitely felt comfortable while pushing hard in corners with the Rosso 3, without holding anything back through the corners. This is the type of riding where the Rosso 3’s are perfect. They perform well when you get to the twisty hills and curvy roads, but most importantly they won’t chew out on the way there.
My riding with the Rosso 3’s has consisted of riding to and from work, meeting 40-60km away, short hilly blasts, day rides, up and down to KL-Penang-KL and to Phuket, Thailand.
Quick note that my commutes are never slow as I ride pretty fast and spirited throttles and luckily my tyre wear don’t square off as I prefer blasting through corners too.
I believe the Rosso 3’s are all you’ll ever need for the road unless you want a bit more wank factor or are regularly hitting the track. In that case I’d definitely go with something along the lines of the Supercorsa’s. But through supergrippy the never last the distance as Rosso 3, I may have change 4 rear set of Supercorsa and 2 fronts if I had the same mileage as I have on the Rosso 3’s .
I always get caught out in the wet regularly while travelling KL-Penang-KL and the tyres have been fine and I able to hit 135-150km/h even with heavy down pour and hardly feel the rain water puddle giving me the wash out sensation. I I feel safe and confidant even when I push the throttle even in the wet. (Straight-line ya! not in wet corners) but at normal road pace they are super solid, and mileage is certainly better than a track focused tyre.
I definitely recommend to riders who want to change from stock tyres and those who does daily and long rides, plus a little fun trackdays. Rosso 3 are bloody good tyres, grippy and it bloody last too!