The new brand Pirelli ANGEL™ GT II won the comparative test dedicated to Sport Touring tyres carried out by the prestigious Italian magazine Motociclismo confirming itself, in its debut year, as the new reference point in its class.
The test - published in the June 2019 issue of Motociclismo - took place in several phases. The tyres, in 120/70 ZR17 front and 180/55 ZR17 rear sizes, were fitted on five BMW R 1250 RT machines and the pressures used were those recommended by BMW (2.5 bar for the front and 2.9 bar for the rear). In the first part, the five BMWs were entrusted to five travellers who brought them from Milan to Sicily and back, alternating on each machine every 50 kilometres. They rode on a route designed to reproduce typical conditions for sports touring, ie highways and winding roads combined with rural routes. These five travellers were then asked to fill in an evaluation sheet.
Then five professional testers from the Motociclismo editorial team travelled another 1000 kilometres to bring the motorcycles from Milan to Germany at the Contidrom, Continental's proving ground, where measured and wet tests took place. The test therefore covered 7000 kilometres in total, of which 5000 were on rural roads and 2000 on highways.
In track tests, entrusted to a single tester to eliminate the human variable and to have data as consistent as possible, first the dynamic behaviour, traction and stopping distances (the latter also on the dry) with worn tyres were tested and then the tests were repeated with new tyres in very similar weather conditions.
The new Pirelli ANGEL™ GT II, in addition to being the most appreciated by non-professional travellers, obtained the maximum score in all measured tests carried out both on dry and wet surfaces, resulting also in the tyre with the lowest wear after 7000 kilometres.
Motociclismo’s editorial staff commented on the result obtained by ANGEL™ GT II: “The performance of the Pirelli tyres is exceptional, excelling in all the items of our tests and in all categories of the evaluation sheet entrusted to travellers. En plein! The most interesting aspect is the fact that the ANGEL™ GT II has managed to mix an excellent riding feeling with record-breaking tread wear".