New Pirelli Night Dragon GT Tire For Cruiser And Touring Motorcycles. 20% More Mileage.

1NightDragon2NightDragonPirelli has launched NIGHT DRAGON GT into the US market, a new tire for cruiser/touring/ motorcycles, offering the same performance of the NIGHT DRAGON, but with 20% more mileage. Using an advanced “Full Carbon Black” compound and new carcass materials, the NIGHT DRAGON GT provides an even longer lasting ride.

The new NIGHT DRAGON GT extends the legacy of the NIGHT DRAGON, a premium tire line Pirelli introduced in 2008 for cruiser, touring, and custom motorcycle users looking for quality mileage, style and performance – at a very competitive price. Pirelli engineers revamped the tire structures and compound, while preserving the same profiles and tread pattern to maintain handling and water evacuation.

Compound. The new compound of NIGHT DRAGON GT features a ‘Full Carbon Black’ formulation that combines different types of thermo reactive polymers to combine high mileage and grip. From a chemical point of view, this is a challenging task given the different characteristics of these polymers, which is akin to combining oil with water! Thanks to Pirelli’s unique patented mixing process, combining special resins and plastifying agents, Pirelli’s engineers achieved a compound breakthrough.

Structure. A new structure has been developed to support the innovative compound described above and fully express its potential. The new structure features a different geometry of the carcass plies and higher belt tension. Additionally, new aramid breakers provide a stiff yet flexible carcass, with a high resistance to stress.

Profile. The NIGHT DRAGON GT features a wide single radius contour that ensures a progressive behavior when entering the bend and to support the bike at every lean angle. It also shapes the area correctly from straight to full lean, for a crown area to ensure maximum traction.

Tread Pattern design. The NIGHT DRAGON GT tread design’s strength is its optimization of the patch area, offering ideal between the bike and road in every possible riding condition to deliver the power to the ground. Grooves are concentrated exactly where needed, putting more rubber on the ground to ensure traction and grip in every situation. The central rib is always in with the road surface, providing the right grip, feel and a stable tread area for higher mileage. On the mid shoulder there is a small additional groove to optimize the lean in, ensuring mechanical grip while maintaining a neutral and predictable behavior. The unique groove design helps eliminate irregular wear.

The below sizes are available in early 2016. You can match with a Night Dragon front size if needed (as fully mixable)

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4 Responses to “New Pirelli Night Dragon GT Tire For Cruiser And Touring Motorcycles. 20% More Mileage.”


  1. 1 Bruno Nov 19th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Tires are difficult to understand.

  2. 2 Calif Phil Nov 20th, 2015 at 9:05 am

    20 % more of not very much ain’t a whole lot.

  3. 3 Blackmax Nov 20th, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Let’s see how they match up with Metzeler’s 888
    Longevity & mileage wear are the keys

  4. 4 JoJo Sep 14th, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    I’m on my second set of Night Dragons and looking to buy a third set soon for my Softail Custom. I got 10,600 miles out of my first set. I’ll admit I ran them a little longer than some others would have but they weren’t bald and still performed well enough. On this second set I currently have 7400 miles. I’m planning a 3000 mile ride next month so I’ll have to swap them out sooner than I normally would. I’ll get at least another 500 miles on then before my trip.

    I’m looking forward to the 20% more miles from the new Night Dragon GT’s. I’ve run Dunlop, Bridgestone, Shinko, and Metzler in the past. Never had a problem with any of them but the Pirelli’s have been the best performing tire I’ve ever ran.

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