Diablo Rosso Corsa Tire Review
Thought I would write a short review of the Diablo Rosso Corsa tire which I have been using for the last few months. I have been using it on my gen 1 zx10 which is used 50% on street and 50% on track. This is single compound front with a two compound 3 zone rear. After some use, you can clearly see the section where the compounds start and finish.
My first impression of the tire was the smooth ride it offered compared to the Metzeller M3's I had before it. It filtered out small bumps and irregularities on the road. If you are looking for a tire that gives dunlop like feedback, this is not for you. It is also a very neutral steering tire. For street use, I ran cold pressures of 34psi front and 38 psi rear.
At present, I have done 4 trackdays on it and the left side of the rear tire is down till the wear indicators whereas the center and the right side have plenty of tread left. The front tire has plenty of tread left on it and might last one more rear. I did 2 trackdays without warmers and 2 with warmers. I realized how sensitive these tires were to hot pressure and running the correct hot pressures made all the difference. I ran hot pressures of 34 psi front and rear as per pirelli's recommendations. Good starting point for cold pressures are 30-31 psi front and 29-30 psi rear for track use.
In terms of edge grip, these tires are pretty good. Almost like a DOT race tire.When coming out of corners, the tire initially grips pretty well when it is still leaned over on the softer compound. But at the time when it is transitioning over to the harder compound, it may break loose if you are too greedy with the throttle. In terms of hard braking, these tires are very good for a street based track tire. This was the only street tire that gave me the confidence to get my knee down on turn 1 at Eastern Creek Raceway (this is a very fast corner taken close to 200kmph).
In terms of wear rate, this tire is very impressive and does not show signs of abuse at the track. Overall, I am pretty happy with this tire and would strongly recommend this tire to those who are trackday regulars looking for some longevity without compromising too much grip. Good tire for a street/track bike. I have attached some pics of the tire with 4 trackdays and a total of 2000kms (street + track use).
Hope this was helpful.