Pirelli Night Dragon 'Performance Tour' from Anchorage, AK to Miami, FL2008-09-06 22:09
With three Harley-Davidson motorcycles fitted with Pirelli's new Night Dragon tires, Salvo Pennisi, Vincenzo Frisina and Domenico Oliveri of the Pirelli Motorcycle Testing operation based at Giarre, Sicily, left the city of Anchorage, Alaska this weekend, beginning a test ride of over 6,000 miles (10,000 km) from corner to corner across the North American Continent. This unique testing team has journeyed to the Last Frontier, demonstrating the motivation to test the new Night Dragon on Canadian and American roads, further perfecting the product for the V-Twin market in North America.
Ice, the Rocky Mountains, the Great Lakes, deserts, cities; a demanding test of 17 stages will push the tires - the radial version - to the limit in all kinds of climates and road conditions of the United States and Canada, in line with the development philosophy of Pirelli’s Moto Business Unit. This run will conclude the testing process, releasing the product into the market for which it is designed and destined. The Night Dragon is the tire that Pirelli intends to conquer the North American V-twin market, by far the biggest street market and one that demands grip, style and performance.
Special equipment aboard these Harley-Davidson motorcycles will measure all the values of the tires’ dynamics, gathering indispensable data for making the final touches to the product.
Accompanying the Pirelli team will be Alfredo Speranzoni, a doctor by profession, who has already been a fellow traveller with Pirelli Motorcycle Tire testers in the 2005 North Cape - Dakar event. It is his job to gather clinical data on the riders in relation to research already begun with the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Siena for the study of the relationship between hormones and positive stress.
On several motorcycle blogs and Internet websites, the most significant stages of this undertaking will be highlighted with photographs and feedback from the test riders during each period. In Canada, the Night Dragon Performance Tour will stop at Parts Canada, one of Pirelli's Canadian distributors, and at Calgary Harley-Davidson, the largest Harley-Davidson store in western Canada. In the States, the tour will stop by the aftermath of Sturgis Bike Week by visiting Black Hills Harley-Davidson, then on to Hal's Harley Davidson, who has participated in Moto-ST and Buell racing for years on Pirelli product.
The next two stops bring Salvo and his testing team to Janesville, WI, the home of Drag Specialties, Pirelli's largest replacement customer in the United States. Harley-Davidson Motor Company in Milwaukee, WI follows, barely minutes after celebrating its 105th birthday party. Before the trip comes to an end, the test riders will arrive at Pirelli Tire's headquarters in Rome, GA, where the company has an MIRS production line for automobile tires. And no transcontinental motorcycle tour is complete without a visit to Bruce Rossmeyer's Destination Daytona, the largest Harley-Davidson dealership in North America.
Pirelli thanks and congratulates those who helped make the Performance Tour possible, including Barry Matteson, Frank Earwood and Mike Rink of Anchorage Harley-Davidson for selling and servicing the motorcycles. The test riders are using three 2008 Harley-Davidson Fat Boys for complete testing of the radial version of Night Dragon tires, and one 2008 Ultra Classic Electra Glide for feedback regarding the use of bias-ply tires with the Brembo ABS system featured on this model. Saddlebags & luggage were provided by Saddlemen (www.saddlemen.com), windscreens were provided by Memphis Shades (www.memphisshades.com), highway bars by Lindby Custom, Inc (www.lindbycustom.com) and Khrome Werks (www.khromewerks.com) set up the bikes with luggage racks.
The team will rest on the 14th of September, where they will recap their entire journey with the staff of Peterson's Harley-Davidson of Miami, FL. Meanwhile, good luck to these Pioneers as they begin this journey from the Frontier to Sunshine.
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