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Old 03-23-2011, 02:56 PM   #1
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Question Question about track tires.

Do most at the track use slicks or is there a street tire that does fine for 20 min gss sessions? i know some use slicks but i saw a FAST red/white r6 in intermediate with pilot powers on the front i think, not sure about the rear. im gonna get a new rear for the 10th. having grip my only concern. mileage not important. What tires yall using?
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good DOT tires will work.

PPs,BT016s,Q2, ROSSOs, etc,etc will work fine!

my recommendation is BT016s.
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Definetly go with a "standard" sportbike street tire(BT016, PP, 2CT, Diablo Rosso). At your pace, you're going to have difficulty keeping heat in a slick. A cold slick can have less traction than a street tire.
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I've been running BT003RS at a good pace and haven't had any issues. They are great without warmers and even better with em. Quick heat up so they aren't mandatory.

<<<<Also u sure that was an R6? I think I seen who u were talking about and can assure u he didn't have Pilot Powers on maybe power races or pures or power ones. Regular PP suck...
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Bridgestone BT003 or BT016 or the Pirelli Corsa III or Supercorsa
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i run pilot power pure in the front and a power dot race in the back
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I HAD THE SAME QUESTION BEFORE THE LAST GSS TRACK DAY AND I ENDED UP GETTING THE DUNLOP Q2'S.I GOT TO SAY IS THAT THEY ARE OWESOME FOR US NOVICE GUYS.
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i run pilot power pure in the front and a power dot race in the back
That's a really strange, and unnecessary combo.
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i wouldnt bother with slicks until you're well into intermediate and noticing that your regular tires of choice are becoming insufficient for your skill level.

good sport tires are quite effective with correct pressures and a warm-up lap.

slicks are also hard to keep warm, only use them if you run hard enough to keep slicks hot and sticky... not to mention heat cycles on them and the frequency they'll be cycling with 20min riding / 40 min rest, you'll need constant tire warmers on downtime to minimize the cycles..... honestly just dont bother at this point.

I've was completely satisfied running a set of bt-002's.
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Diablo Corsa 3, Power 2ct....they do great at gss and you may say, it doesn't matter about mileage....BUT after you buy 4 or 5 pair in a year, you 'll be looking for something that you can use.(unless you are only planning to ride track)
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i wouldnt bother with slicks until you're well into intermediate and noticing that your regular tires of choice are becoming insufficient for your skill level.

good sport tires are quite effective with correct pressures and a warm-up lap.

slicks are also hard to keep warm, only use them if you run hard enough to keep slicks hot and sticky... not to mention heat cycles on them and the frequency they'll be cycling with 20min riding / 40 min rest, you'll need constant tire warmers on downtime to minimize the cycles..... honestly just dont bother at this point.

I've was completely satisfied running a set of bt-002's.
+1, I used Rosso's on my street/track bike and loved it.
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I have been running my factory OEM Bridgestone BT016s and they seem to have great grip for my novice + pace at TWS (Texas World Speedway) and at GSS.

At GSS on Saturday, the only hitch was the back tire was getting a bit loose in the final left hander before the front straight later in the afternoon sessions. I don't know what experience the faster riders on DOT race rubber were having in that turn, but it made me wonder if that means that BT016s were good for only 1 TWS (Texas World Speedway) and 2 GSS days at my pace, or if that corner is the place to expect the rear to feel a bit greasy when you are pushing the pace.

I'm loving the feel of Bridgestones, so my next set of tires will probably be the BT003RS, another street/track tire, with a bit more of a "track" tilt.
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That's a really strange, and unnecessary combo.
how is that? the front grips like glue and wears like iron, and the back is cheap as dirt and also grips awesome. I am near the top of the intermediate group at gss (save for the licensed racers) and run strong level two ridesmart events also
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how is that? the front grips like glue and wears like iron, and the back is cheap as dirt and also grips awesome. I am near the top of the intermediate group at gss (save for the licensed racers) and run strong level two ridesmart events also
How are you getting power dot race tires cheaply? Takeoffs?

If the front grip is plenty, the matching rear is plenty as well. Lastly, those tires having differing profiles. The dot race is a lot less progressive which can result in some slightly odd handling.
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wow thanx for all the info. the bike came with bt16's and they were great. at that time mileage was important so i went to the mich pilot road 2. they did fine saturday but i know they arent as soft/sticky as the bt16's. are 003's more so a track tire than the 016's?
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I've been running BT003RS at a good pace and haven't had any issues. They are great without warmers and even better with em. Quick heat up so they aren't mandatory.

<<<<Also u sure that was an R6? I think I seen who u were talking about and can assure u he didn't have Pilot Powers on maybe power races or pures or power ones. Regular PP suck...

im not sure what they are...the tread pattern looked very similar. he and the guy on the similar blue r6 where FLYING.
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wow thanx for all the info. the bike came with bt16's and they were great. at that time mileage was important so i went to the mich pilot road 2. they did fine saturday but i know they arent as soft/sticky as the bt16's. are 003's more so a track tire than the 016's?
Yes. Here is the link to the Bridgestone website where it places the BT003RS as between the BT016 (another street/track tire) and the BT003 race tire:

http://www.bridgestone.com/products/...x/bt003rs.html

If you are going to run the bike on the street, I would think the BT016s are the better choice. (Or whatever Godsuki says)

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wow thanx for all the info. the bike came with bt16's and they were great. at that time mileage was important so i went to the mich pilot road 2. they did fine saturday but i know they arent as soft/sticky as the bt16's. are 003's more so a track tire than the 016's?

BT003RS is a "racing street" tire. Its more track focused than a BT016, and the life is shorter.

There's also a BT003 PRO which is a "DOT race" tire which is even more focused, and comes in a few different grip levels.

Please folks, correct me if I'm wrong. The tire company's naming conventions can get a little confusing.


If the pilot road wasn't slipping on you, and you think you're going to pick up the pace next time, got to a BT016. They still wear decently (although not as good as a pilot road), and have better grip on the edges.
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