Bikewise Motorcycle Parts & Accessories is the official distributor for Pirelli motorcycle tyres in South Africa. To view the full range of Pirelli motorcycle tyres visit their Global website. You will find a link to this below.

*Please note that not all items shown on the global website are distributed in SA, items are subject to availability. Please consult your nearest dealer if you have an enquiry on a specific product.

About Pirelli…
Founded in Milan in 1872 by Giovanni Battista Pirelli, the company initially specialised in rubber and derivative processes and also made scuba diving rebreathers. Thereafter, Pirelli’s activities were primarily focused on the production of tyres and cables (for energy and telecommunications). In 2005, Pirelli sold its cable division to Goldman Sachs, which changed the new group’s name to Prysmian.

In the 1950s, Alberto Pirelli commissioned the building of a famous Milanese skyscraper in the same area that housed the very first Pirelli factory during the 19th century: see Pirelli Tower.

In 1974, Pirelli invented the “wide radial tyre”, upon a request from the Lancia rally racing team for a tyre strong enough to withstand the power of the new Lancia Stratos. At that time, racing tyres were either slick tyres made with the cross ply technique (very wide tyres with a reduced sidewall height), or radial tyres, which were too narrow to withstand the Stratos’ power and did not provide enough grip. Both were unusable for the Lancia Stratos, as the radials were destroyed within 10 km, and the slicks too stiff. Lancia asked Pirelli for a solution, and in 1975 Pirelli created a wide tyre with a reduced sidewall height like a slick, but with a radial structure.

Subsequently, Porsche started using the same tyres with the award-winning Porsche 911 Turbo.

In 1988, Pirelli acquired the Armstrong Rubber Company, which was headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, for $190 million.

In 2002 the company started a range of Pirelli branded clothing, watches and eyewear.

In March 2015, it was announced that Pirelli shareholders has accepted a €7.1 billion bid from ChemChina for the company. The transaction was completed and the company was delisted in November 2015.

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