Pirelli Angel GT

Long gone are the days when a tyre was either grippy but lasted a few miles or built for distance but horrendous in the wet. Back then, you could have one but not the other. Now it seems, you can have it all.
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2014
Confident feeling on wet surfaces

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Submitted by boscoe on Tue, 25/02/2014 - 16:50

Overall Review

I ditched my slippery boy-racer Dunlops for more the more mature Pirellis - and to my surprise gave up absolutely nothing! Let's face it, I ride on the street, not the track. And at the track, I use track tires. Don't need the ego boost to use "racers" on the street. It's about real-world performance, not looking cool, though I do like the way the Angel GTs look. These Italian offerings are sticky enough for me to lean my 2011 CBR1000RR all the way over and inspire more confidence than my old tires, which had the tendancy to slide without warning. Good feedback on the Pirellis when riding at the edge - and great comfort when cruising on America's Interstates. They just absorb potholes and don't "track" in highway grooves. In Florida monsoons (yes I ride in them), the Pirellis are absolutely amazing. Great water dispersal. I have the confidence to get on the brakes as hard as required on wet roads. The compound and design is supposed to extend tire life. I haven't had them long enough to tell. I got about 6K miles out of the Dunlops. I intend to switch my entire road fleet to these tires.

Strengths

Excellent in the wet Grippy enough to be very aggressive Soak up bumps Good feedback

Weaknesses

None that I have encountered

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Submitted by DucatiStu on Wed, 26/02/2014 - 08:16

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After nearly 4000 miles these tyres show very little sign of wear, they grip well, have improved the handling of my bike and have given me so much more confidence compared with the last tyres I had fitted! A supreme effort by Pirelli and a fantastic tyre for smaller bikes that are used for many different purposes

Strengths

I finally wore out the OEM Continetal Attack tyres on my Ducati Monster and after much searching around decided to fit these tyres. The dual compound was the greatest draw because I do a lot of motorway miles and commute on this bike, so didn't want these tyres to square off and wear in the middle as quickly as the last ones. I've ridden through the winter and all the horrible rain we've had without major incident and whenever it's been dry I've been astounded by the grip and lean that I've achieved within just a few miles of setting off. Really happy with my choice to fit these tyres.

Weaknesses

I must admit that I've had one or two big slides in the wet and that's with a smaller capacity bike, so these might not be ideal for everyone. Only other complaint was the price which I thought was a bit much, but that might change if they last for over a year with my current mileage.

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Overall Review

best tyre so far for my requirements which are: commuting 28 miles a day into London all weather, all year one euro trip of up to 2000 miles a year one track day at Brands intermediates they can take Fireblade being given a bit of welly

Strengths

immediate feeling of grip even after fitting in the middle of winter, excellent grip in wet, most confidence inspiring tyre I have fitted to my 2010 Fireblade and I had Sportsmarts before!

Weaknesses

none so far but will update if any issues, they cetainly wouldnt be for fast group at Brands but thats obvious

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Submitted by Oakers on Thu, 27/02/2014 - 12:10

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Fantastic tyre. I honestly don't see me changing to another tyre any time soon.

Strengths

I commute on a motorway daily on an FJR1300 and still managed to get fifteen thousand KM out of my first set of GT's. They warm up and grip well in pretty much every condition. The inevitable square off wasn't noticeable until the last couple of weeks of their life. Even on what I considered their last legs and in some pretty awful weather they were still holding their own.

Weaknesses

Honestly, I can't think of any cons. They may be a little more expensive than some but you definitely get your money's worth. Had I have gone for a cheaper tyre I suspect I would have got half the mileage.

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Submitted by BadMiker on Fri, 28/02/2014 - 12:53

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These are mounted on my aprilia RST1000 Futura and have been doing great with the rubbish winter this year. I ride everyday and other than diesel, these have never let me down. I would recommend them wholeheartedly with the caveat of the tram-lining instability. Not awful, just noticeable.

Strengths

- Dry Grip: Fantastic and sure footed in the dry, with loads of feedback - Wet Grip: For a tyre this good in the dry, it is stunning in the wet - Longevity: I have over 2,000 miles on my set now and they look just scuffed in, looking for at least 15,000 miles at this rate - Progression: the turn in is light and nimble with a steady smooth transition to the sidewall - Handling: The front end is mush easier to turn in and hold a line than previous Dunlops, mis corner adjustments are a thought away without being twitchy. Braking in corners or straight up is predictable and stable

Weaknesses

- Tramlines: The tyre is really upset by white lines, pavement changes, etc along the road. I filter ... a lot..... and they kinda feel like they are squared off from day one. - Mounting: I mount my own tyres and these were a bit of a bear to get on. However, the front only needed 2.5 g to be balanced and the rear none at all.

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Submitted by JonWa89 on Fri, 28/02/2014 - 12:57

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Pirelli have done something quite clever here... they've created a tyre that does it all. OK yeah its expensive, on par with the Pilot Road 3 but is it worth it? From my experience you would be a fool not to try it. They come in two types - standard and A spec. Some tyre garages dont know the difference so if your gonna get some you need to point it out to them. The standard you can pretty much put on any bike, but if you have a bulky heavy bike, the A spec might be more to your liking. It comes with stronger belting to take the weight but remember it'll cost a little more too. I had the ST before this and I was impressed by its capabilities but this really blows the rest right out of the water! I cant speak too much on the mileage side because im still running on them after 4000 miles but so far so good. They are fitted to a 06 FZ1 fazer and its my everyday ride, it compliments the bike very well and when they eventually needed replacing im getting them again, just pop a 55 profile on the back as opposed to the 50 to give even more confidence in the corners. If you tried michellin pilots 2&3 and they weren't for you then this could be your answer. I made the change and haven't looked back!

Strengths

Performance orientated Dual compound that works Snazzy Design Confidence inspiring in the wet Warms up well in the dry Trusted brand Better then the Pilots (in my opinion) So far great mileage Good feel of the road Best tyres I have had to date

Weaknesses

I have the 190/50 size, should have got the 190/55 but other then that I think its just the price. Worth every penny but if they were cheaper then the competition then it would be a no brainer!

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Overall Review

Overall an excellent Sports tourer that will have you thinking you could take on Rossi on a VFR. Expected a little more life but wasent to suprised. Very happy and worth every penny.

Strengths

Warm up is fast. Excellent wet and dry grip. Ran for just over 7K, from my experience that is high for the brand. The "look at me I am running Pirelli" feeling. The launch was fairly intersting check it out in the mag / interwebs.

Weaknesses

Expensive compared to others such as Mitchelin and Avon ST tyres. When they decide they have had enough they go quickly resulting in a few interesting manouvers on wet round abouts.

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Submitted by whyhaveone on Sat, 01/03/2014 - 10:08

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A really good tyre on my Z1000SX that I'm looking forward to using more when it gets dry and warm! They look good as well.

Strengths

Grip, wet or dry. It's mostly been wet and cold since they have been installed on my Z1000SX and my confidence in the wet is so much higher than with the BT016's (they were fine in the dry and OK in the wet).

Weaknesses

The price. But, if they last as long as they are supposed to, then that will average the cost down. My mileage score is based upon expecting around 5500-6500. I got 4500 out of the BT016's.

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Overall Review

These tyres inspire confidence, not just because there's an edge to them that grabs the road, that you can literally feel as you run you thumb over them, but also because of the predictability of the tyre. It does all you need it to do....grip... grip... grip!!!! To come from another manufacturer on to this tyre it's taken me a few hundred miles to realise just how much wet riding confidence you can place it these tyres on a nice winding road. I used totip-toe around bends on wet days but now I enjoy the roads almost as much as the dry days!! Pirelli GT's literally make your summer last longer!!!

Strengths

Great grip, dry and wet. Nice profile for smooth turns. Look the nuts!!!

Weaknesses

None.

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Submitted by Andrew Goodman on Sun, 28/02/2016 - 22:09

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I fitted a set of these to my bike after I read reviews saying they gripped amazingly in the wet, and last extremely well. The bike is a VFR800Fi, the riding is a mixture of road riding, motorway riding and the occasional fast blast. These tyres give me amazing confidence, I hardly notice riding in the wet, so good is their grip. they warm up fast, lose traction progressively, and the last set I fitted lasted over 12k front and rear. The VFR is heavy on front tyres. When it came to time to change, I really couldn't fault them, so fitted another pair. Ideal all weather tyre (great if you ride over the winter). My full review is here: http://www.shiny-side-up.net/2015/12/29/pirelli-angel-gt-review/

Strengths

Amazing grip in dry or wet. Last extremely well. If you can change the tyres yourself, pretty good value too.

Weaknesses

Not much to mention.

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