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Old 05-17-2014, 02:44 PM   #1
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New tires needed for bike. Have the Yamaha RZ with the 2006 R6 suspension with upgrades. Have been running Michelin 2CT and recently the Power Pure. They have seemed OK. Was looking at the new Super Sport tires. Anyone running these. Ride level 1, not too aggressive, and do have warmers. Even with warmers do not think I can keep a race compound at optimum temperature. The Super Sport operating range looks about right. Not sure about changing brand because I am use to Michelin's profile. What other manufacturer has a similar profile. I do not feel like getting use to a new style of tire before next track day.
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If youd like to stay within michelin, pilot powers would be a great choice. I wouldnt say use tire warmers on them in between sessions because you'll likely over heat them and they'll become a little slick since they are street tires. If you already have the warmers though, before your sessions go ahead and put the warmers on for about 5 mins to get some heat in them.
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if youre truly on a rz.....
i will gladly take it for a few laps to help you determine the proper tire.
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but seriously i would run some dot race tires since you have warmers. they will provide much more predictable grip.
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Ask some of the venders what they recommend. You will get different answers but just find what works for you. I like the Q3 for an all around street/ moderate track riding.
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but seriously i would run some dot race tires since you have warmers. they will provide much more predictable grip.

Grip is only predictable if tire temp is. Guy said he was lvl 1 pace. He's going to cold tear the out of a dot race tire.
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dots are pretty forgiving. they are basically a street tire that trades higher heat tolerance for reduced lifespan. i ran dots before i could afford warmers.
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Nice. Thanks for the help.
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Nice. Thanks for the help.


I meant it in a nice way.
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I run pilot powers on my 2000 SV 650 without my tire warmers and have good confidence a half lap into the session. Bike is around 65HP and I get 7 or 8 track days out of a set. Great all around tire.
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I can't imagine trying to learn how to ride track on something as crazy as a big two stroke.

How about I trade you a track ready SV for it & then you won't have to worry about tearing up such a classic.
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Back in my day the stable had a RZ 350 and a RZ 500 to race.

The 500 ported was a brut. I like the front end you have there. Wish I had that back in the day. Progressive springs and air valves were just about it back then.

Michelin used to make a "Hi Sport" tire designed for the RZ's.

Dave will help you. Give him a call.
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Bike has 2006 R6 suspension. Stock except for chambers and some different needle jets in the carbs for better midrange. P1 racing is fixing me up with some Pirelli Pro Comp slicks since the Michelins were overheated last year. They also did all the Race Tech mods and spring. And it was a pleasure to watch them be overheated by a good rider. I hear the Pirellis are really good tires and warm up fairly quick. I understand the most important thing is to monitor air pressures really close as the day goes on to be sure they are working consistently. They also seem to have a wider range of operating temperature. I was concerned I would not heat the Michelin DOT race tire enough and cold tear them.

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