My favorite slow-talker Adam Riemann talks about having the right tires on your adventure bike. Could not agree more. I've never been the type of rider who is willing to trade performance for longevity or brag what I can do with street tires off road. Conversely, I do not mind going slower on the pavement because the dirt is what I'm really after. I can always change tires if I want to have a road-only ride. Having the appropriate tire off road is about SAFETY. No sense in finding yourself in the middle of nowhere with a tire that won't get you where you want to go. I first heard this from Jimmy Lewis and it's nice to see Adam repeat sage advice. As to these Pirelli Scorpion Rally tires, I tried a rear once and really liked it but for some reason they aren't that common here in the States. Adam is sponsored by Pirelli and I've also seen a lot of Mitas (Chris Birch) and Motoz down under.