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Old 07-16-2013, 10:32 PM   #1
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What do you guys think about riding the track on Pilot Road 2's? I'm riding novice group, but I think I was at the faster end of the novice group as MSRH (like being the smartest I guess). The rear PR2 was brand new before MSRH June 22nd, and hasn't really had that much mileage put on since then (maybe 300 miles) the front is a Metzler M6.

I never felt them slip at all at MSRH, and if my body position was better I definitely would have been dragging knee, I was scraping my pegs a lot.

Has anyone else ran PR2's at the track, am I asking for trouble?
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:13 AM   #2
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I've run all my trackdays so far on BT-023s and they have worked like a charm. You don't need slicks and tire warmers to go fast. However, once you are fast you'll benefit from them.
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My best friend ran many trackdays at B group pace with a pilot power front and a pilot road rear. You have a smaller margin of error for stupidity, but if ridden smoothly, they have plenty of grip.
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I ran the PR3s up at Cresson, they worked well enough for me to have fun, but I could not push it very hard (relative).
I am level 2, btw.

The PR2s in level one will be just fine
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I ran the PR3s up at Cresson, they worked well enough for me to have fun, but I could not push it very hard (relative).
I am level 2, btw.

The PR2s in level one will be just fine
Was it because you experienced some slipping when you started to push? Or you just didn't trust the tire at those speeds in general?
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I ran the PR3s up at Cresson, they worked well enough for me to have fun, but I could not push it very hard (relative).
I am level 2, btw.

The PR2s in level one will be just fine
I agree.

For Int/2 go to the Pilot Power 2ct's.

Or Q2's
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Was it because you experienced some slipping when you started to push? Or you just didn't trust the tire at those speeds in general?
both.

While the dual compound works well for 90% of street riding, they (sides) are harder than I would like on the sidewalls. I have some pix somewhere of the aftermath. Not really gooey, more like chipped away.

let me find the pix
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:04 PM   #8
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They are chipped away at the grooves.
Like I said, they did pretty well, but I could feel them wanting to slip a bit.

The sides are much harder than other tires, but they are made for touring, not racing.

I had fun on them and the FZ1

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Old 07-17-2013, 06:47 PM   #9
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I rode Pilot Road 2s all the way up to the advanced group. Considering how they're not really "appropriate" for the track, they grip fairly well. As long as you're smooth on the throttle and aren't gunning it out of turns, you should be fine. Wait until you're running a fair intermediate pace before upgrading to something else.
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What tommy said- had a buddy who used pr2's up to lvl 3. You're fine as long as they're properly inflated and you don't do anything seriously erratic
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:56 PM   #11
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Thanks for the replies, I feel a little better about it now.

The ol VFR is barely pushing 100hp too so it ain't exactly lifting the front out of the corners. I guess I'll be good.
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FWIW, I ran 32 psi front/rear on my PR2s with good results. When in doubt, ask the tire guy at the track for proper pressures. Good point on the pressures ZX-Dominance. Almost forgot about that.
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yeah cold pressures would be around 30-32. but you should be fine for sure. you'll build some confidence on em for sure
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FWIW, I ran 32 psi front/rear on my PR2s with good results. When in doubt, ask the tire guy at the track for proper pressures. Good point on the pressures ZX-Dominance. Almost forgot about that.
You know, I was told 32/32 at MSRH for the PR2's but I never checked my hot pressures.

At TWS (Texas World Speedway) I checked them hot (set cold at 32) and it was 40....

I'm a noob, but isn't that high as for the track?
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I ran 28 cold for both......seemed the best spot on PR3s
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I ran 29 hot and they felt better than 32 hot. But not the tire for track. S20 was better
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I had the PR2s on my 919 for several trackdays. I loved those tires! The grip and feel was very predictable, and as long as you are smooth in and out of the turns, they worked great. When they wore out, I wanted to replace my setup with Pilot Power up front, and kept Roads in the rear, but I ended up switching completely to Pirelli Rosso Corsas, to which its profile didn't seem to fit as well with the 919. The 919 is no sportbike, though, and it's quite a bit heavier, and maybe the PR2s were a better match for that type of bike, with it's more relaxed geometry.
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low mileage PR2 after 1000 mile ride though Colorado on a heavy loaded down ST1300. But dam it felt good right up to the end.
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