Nearly 1,900 miles in five legs along the roads of six countries (Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey) and across the Bosporus riding 17 of the latest models from Harley-Davidson: the “Night Dragon Tour” afforded a fortunate few to test the new motorcycle tire on an unforgettable tour of Southern Europe.   Designed to introduce Night Dragon tires to custom bike enthusiasts – the tour left Venice on May 9th May and wrapped-up in Istanbul on May 19th.

Riders, including editor Chris Maida of American Iron Magazine, were able to test the Night Dragon under myriad road and weather conditions over extremely differing routes – affording them the ability to take advantage of all the product’s versatility whilst enjoying the picturesque landscape.

Pirelli’s Night Dragon custom touring tires answer the call from motorcycle owners, Harley-Davidson in particular, for tires that offer improved grip and stability without penalizing the ride quality and high mileage that custom users prefer. They are also designed for “sleeper bikes”, those modified with more power and torque that require increased grip whether jumping off the line or running down curves.

Pirelli engineers have worked to improve grip and traction so the Night Dragon delivers a bike’s power to the ground.  Thanks to a new compound, tread pattern (both radial and standard), structure, profile, and optimized contact patch, higher performance is now available, especially for riders who love to travel long distances on their custom bikes or riding hard with no concerns.


Pirelli Moto will join bikers of all stripes at some of the most important V-Twin outdoor motorcycle events in 2012, including Sturgis Bike Week in August and Daytona Beach’s Biketoberfest in October.  Fans of the brand can get up close and personal with Pirelli as it plans to bring a tire support vehicle, recently outfitted in Pirelli’s common worldwide F1™-inspired livery, to various local dealers and will be showcasing its tire ranges – including the awesome Night Dragon.  The tour serves as a way of highlighting the Pirelli Night Dragon’s expanded size range which covers fitments for newer touring Harley-Davidson models, baggers and metric v-twins, joining an already robust line of Harley-Davidson® aftermarket replacement tires.

“Pirelli is a performance tire brand, and the V-Twin market is ripe for this fresh new product,” stated Chris Wall, Pirelli Moto’s Director of Marketing. “The Pirelli Night Dragon is a quality, performance tire dedicated to the American and metric v-twin motorcycles with enhanced power characteristics. We look forward to helping customers try out Pirelli Night Dragon tires at one of these nationwide events.”

Sturgis Bike Week                         Sturgis, SD                           Aug 6-12

Street Vibrations                             Reno, NV                               Sep 19-23

Thunder Beach Fall                        Panama City Beach, FL        Oct 10-14

Biketoberfest                                    Daytona Beach, FL               Oct 18-21

Lone Star Rally                                Galveston, TX                       Nov 1-4