In the tire business, being chosen as the original equipment rubber for a popular motorcycle is a huge deal. First, because if the customer likes the performance, he or she is likely to replace those tires with the same brand when they wear out. Second, if most customers are disappointed in the behavior of the OEM rubber, they will choose another replacement brand. Which will lead to the original manufacturer to get back to work on designing and building a better tire. Competitive capitalism at its best.

Pirelli just announced that its Night Dragon tire are going to be original equipment on the 2018 Indian Scout motorcycle. With its worldwide popularity among the Custom Cruiser and V-Twin segments, the Pirelli Night Dragon will serve as the tire of choice on both front and rear for Indian’s latest model. Front AND Rear!

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The front skin is a 130/90B16 M/C TL67H, while a 150/80B16 M/C REINF TL 77 Night Dragon GT can be found on the rear, a size more than capable of putting the 100-horsepower V-Twin power of the Scout to the ground.

“Pirelli is honored to partner with an iconic company such as Indian Motorcycle for the 2018 Scout model,” said Scott Griffin, vice president of sales. “The Pirelli Night Dragon has long been a favorite among V-Twin and custom bike builders due to its incredible versatility that offers the ultimate in performance, durability and style. The combination of the Scout’s legendary design and the Night Dragon’s performance are perfect for riders who are in the market for a new bike.”

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Pirelli engineers developed the Night Dragon to take performance to the next level with excellent grip, high fuel mileage, and a good balance between reliability and performance. A wide variety of sizes are offered to meet the needs of all riders and machines, starting with 15 inches and going all the way up to 23 inches. The collaboration between Indian Motorcycle and Pirelli further solidifies how Pirelli’s rich history in the sport and performance side of the industry translates into the V-Twin and Cruiser segments.

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