My 2007 Triumph Tiger 1050 needed a new front tyre before the trip to Tasmania earlier this year. Alas, my mechanic did not have any Pilot Road 2s in stock despite buying approximately seventeen truckloads of the things before christmas. "Do you have *any* sport-touring tyres?" "Well, we've got these new Pirelli Angels. Dual compound, like the Road2s." "Hmm... Well, hopefully they're the same cross-sectional shape as the Road2s. Do it." Front got thrown on, did 1000km down to Taswegiastan, 3000km around the island and another 1000 or so heading back to Wollongong. My rear tyre was at that point, to quote Vic, "Totally shagged, bru!" "Ahhh nu!", I replied. "It's shagged as, bru! Tasmania's shagged it hard, bru!" "You'll hiff ta' riplace it when you get home, bru!" -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Long story short, the Tiger now wears a matched pair of Pirelli Angel STs. Angel STs are dual-compound "sport touring" tyres. Yes, they have that weird temporary "Angel imprint" gimmick. No, I wasn't aware of it when I had the front tyre fitted. Yes, it scrubs out in about 1000km of riding if you're at all aggressive with your cornering. No, the imprint doesn't go right to the edge. Yes, they look like any other sportsbike tyre tread - maybe a little "spikey" and angular, but that's cool. Before I had the rear Angel fitted, I did read a few people who'd fitted only one of the two and complained of wet and dry weather grip. I did observe in Tasmania that when the road was wet, the Tiger was feeling a bit skittish with a brand new Angel front and a heavily worn Pilot Road 2. Mind you, that particular PR2 rear has been unusually skittish since day 1 (and the Tiger's worn a few so far). So who knows. Longer story short, after 2500 matched-pair kilometres, compared to a matched pair of PR2s they: -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- * Feel MUCH faster to tip in, which is great on a fairly 'heavy' Tiger. However, on wet freeways they do feel perhaps a tiny bit too eager to change direction. Not dangerously so, but this straight-line eagerness on wet roads takes away from the Touring angle and steers them (ahah-hah-hah) toward Sport. * Feel more sure-footed once leaned over steeply. Tiger feels much more confident at steep lean angles than before. * Much more confidence-inspiring on wet twisty roads. Do they have more actual grip in the wet? Hard to say. They definitely don't have less grip. Maybe it's the stability the tyres seem to have once they're leaned over, but I'm approximately 17 trillion times faster on a wet road with these, compared to the PR2s. * Haven't slipped out on me yet... PR2s have slipped out a few times in the wet for me. But this is TBA. * Have a steeper profile at the edge of the tyres than the PR2s do. Greater maximum lean angle? Mebbe. Not really that big an issue for me because I've never managed to touch one of the Tiger's sportsbike-clearance pegs down. Potentially an issue if you care about how big your chicken strips look. Actual tyre life? Well, Pirelli set some sort of distance/endurance record using a pair of these. I've only got 2500km on the rear Angel and ~7000 on the front Angel. I do have some concern that the rear may be flatspotting faster than a PR2, but this is TBA. In summary? Dual-compound capital-S Sports-touring tyres. They do feel a little unsettlingly enthusiastic in a straight line on wet freeways, but that's a fair trade-off for me - I love the rapid tip-in and the leaned-over confidence they offer compared to the PR2s. Would buy another pair when these, too, are shagged. Yes, the advertising campaign is a little cheesy, likewise the "angel" imprint into the tyre tread, but if you ride your bike at all that'll be gone in a few days anyway.