GTS 300 tire review - Pirelli Angel Scooter Tires
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Molto Verboso
2016 Sprint S 150 (his), 2016 Sprint 150 Blu Gaiola (hers), 2006 GTS 250 Excalibur Gray (hers), 2006 GTS 250 Black (his), 2012 GTS 300 Daring Plum (he
Joined: 21 Oct 2016
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Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:14 am quote
CrazyCarl wrote:
I just took delivery of some new CG2's to use for as spares for Cannonball. I decided to take a few measurements using the depth gauge on my calipers as a baseline, same as I did for the Angels.

Front tread initial depth on CG2 is .22", compared to .16" initial depth on the Angel.

Rear tread initial depth on CG2 is .24", compared to .17" initial depth on the Angel.

While my results are based only one example of each tire, they tell me there is more "meat" on the CG2.

That is almost certainly a factor in overall tire life.
Since I have 2 sets of new CG2 in the garage, I went out and measured the tread depth in several locations on the tires and was overall 0.22" for both front and rear.
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GTS300HPE PX150 BMW1200R
Joined: 27 Jun 2010
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Location: Canberra Australia
Thu Apr 29, 2021 3:01 am quote
I'm a couple of years on Pirelli Angel Scooter on 2010 GTS, 2011 PX and 2020 GTS HPE ..

For my taste and riding style, these are easily the best scooter tyres I've used (previous SL22, GTS23/4, Diablo). Grippy, predictable, absolutely consistent feel into any lean. My friends can't believe how far over I throw the HPE - it's because the consistent feel gives me confidence. I'm way more confident on the PX, too (PX limitations and weird weight balance and all).

By way of comparison, I'm a Metzeler tyre guy on my BMW bikes - because I prioritise consistent feel into a lean over absolute stickiness. I hated the last Pirellis (Angel GT) on my R1200R - switched back to Metzeler ( the new Roadtec, while I love).

I think the Angel Scooter is more Metzeler like, while the Diablo was more like a traditional Pirelli sport tyre. Yep, I know they are owned by the same company.

Anyway, I am very (very, very) happy with Angel Scooter ..
Hooked
2020 GTS 300 HPE
Joined: 27 Sep 2019
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Location: San Francisco
Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:21 am quote
I find these threads so interesting: I've only ridden on Michelin tires, so I don't have the breadth of experience to compare. Then again, I've definitely scraped both sides both with and without crash bars. I have no trepidation leaning the City Grips all the way over, so it's hard for me to imagine what a better tire would be like in that regard.

Last I looked, the expected life of CGs was much higher than Pirelli, which is what's kept me riding with them.
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Thu Apr 29, 2021 11:29 am quote
mayorofnow wrote:
Last I looked, the expected life of CGs was much higher than Pirelli, which is what's kept me riding with them.
CG2 or CG1? Isn't CG1 known for short life at high speed?
Hooked
2020 GTS 300 HPE
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Location: San Francisco
Thu Apr 29, 2021 2:53 pm quote
I got 6300 miles out of CG1 on the rear, and 5300 miles out of the CG2 on the rear.

My usage changed: the first half of my CG1 riding was pre-pandemic and largely in the city. During the pandemic, half of my average trip is WOT on the freeway. The CG2 also included a 2000 mile tour with a bag on the rear rack.

I also had them changed at different times. The OEM tire was paper-thin by the time I got it to the shop. The CG2 was barely to the wear bars, but since the Vespa was in the shop anyway, I had it changed.
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2016 Vespa GTS300ie abs/asr/ess Settantesimo '70'
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Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:49 pm quote
mayorofnow wrote:
I got 6300 miles out of CG1 on the rear, and 5300 miles out of the CG2 on the rear.

My usage changed: the first half of my CG1 riding was pre-pandemic and largely in the city. During the pandemic, half of my average trip is WOT on the freeway. The CG2 also included a 2000 mile tour with a bag on the rear rack.

I also had them changed at different times. The OEM tire was paper-thin by the time I got it to the shop. The CG2 was barely to the wear bars, but since the Vespa was in the shop anyway, I had it changed.
The CG2 has a slightly harder compound in the centre of the tyre to reduce wear rate. It still has a softer compound on each side of that so it still has the CG1's great cornering grip. All in all, it should outlast a CG1
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Yellow GTS 300 Super, Black GTS 300 Super Sport
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Sat May 01, 2021 1:02 am quote
I just got my modified MP3 rims back from the shop to have CG2ís put on for my GTS project. I am happy with the look, got to get a move in and finish the rebuild.

I like the look of the Pirelliís too.



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Sat May 01, 2021 2:14 pm quote
Or try the Duros that came stock on my SYM. I think the name came from how hard they were. Corners were exciting!
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