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stick like the proverbial when they get nice and hot. For the rear tyre, the centre band is 75% silica and 25% carbon black, then a 100% silica band sits either side of that, and on the edge of the tyre the compound is 100% carbon black. The 100% silica shoulders should grip well when cold, great for part lean in the cold or wet, while the centre band has silica for good warm up and wet grip, but has some carbon black added so it can take the heat of acceleration, and increase mileage. So, on the surface at least, Pirelli’s claims of great grip AND great mileage seem to bear out. ON THE ROAD A good road tyre should be able to suck up bad surfaces, cope with changing surfaces and shrug off all weather conditions, something we often get all at the same time here in NZ. The roads used for our test loop covered some 140km and included everything from smooth tar-seal to pot holes, and sections where farm machinery had spread dirt for several kilometres. And then there are the left-field conditions... we even had to contend with one stretch of road which was covered in spilled macadamia nuts. There were some journalists on this tyre test criticising the route selection, saying they could have ridden faster on better roads, but I think they were missing the point... if a tyre can deal with all of that then they can deal with pretty much anything. And isn’t that the point? And it wasn’t like we were going slow either. The first bike I tested with the new tyres was Ducati’s Monster 1200S. This motor produces a huge amount of easily accessible torque at TM KIWI RIDER 25