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typical road speeds. Straight off the bat I tried accelerating hard out of corners, before the tyres had a chance to get warm – which would normally have a typical hypersports tyre starting to spin. There wasn’t even the slightest movement, which suggests the silica-rich compound in the centre and 100% silica compound in the mid-shoulder are doing their job of gripping from cold. One thing I did notice was a lack of the road vibration that typically comes through to the bars from rough chip-seal surfaces. This suggests a pliable carcass that’s conforming well to the road surface. The tyre pressure for the Monster was set at 35psi (2.4bar) front and rear, which are good solo rider pressures. Swapping over to a BMW S1000R for the return 26 KIWI RIDER trip from the photo point showed some huge differences between the two supernakeds, with the BMW feeling much harsher over some of the bigger road bumps. Where the Monster has a punchy bottom end, the BMW is strong in the mid to top end of the revs and has a much more aggressive ride, both in terms of engine and handling characteristics. The BMW on the Rosso Corsa II was much more nimble and the engine hit comes in harder, but the grip from the tyres was still top-drawer, even through one section where the roads had been soaked from a recent deluge. Pirelli says these tyres fit into the hypersport segment but I think that’s doing them a bit of a disservice. Yes, this is a very sporty road tyre but it’s also one you could ride to work on or go