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Old 02-19-2008, 11:26 PM   #1
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My Pirelli experience

I've been testing out some of the Pirelli tires in the last few weeks and it's time to report the findings.......

I first tried a set of the "specials" which was an AMA spec front(soft) and a Metzler rear(Med) for 199.00. I found the carcass to be quite a bit softer and offer a more comprehensive feel from the front. In my fisrt few sessions we made zero changes to the bike and I was able to drop 2.5 seconds off my best lap. Then I switched to the full Pirelli race( around 340.00 a set I think) for the CCS weekend and that wasn't much fun as I had not had to opportunity to try either the rains or the intermeds. Got through my first expert weekend unscathed and continued testing the following week. WOW!!
After some minor geometry changes and a few more laps to really get the feel, I was able to shave ANTOHER 2.8 off my best, bringing me into the low :40.'s. And these are the DOT's!!. Going to work with the slick some next week, and keep on trying to break into the :39's A bit more testing and geometry work yesterday and and the bike is handling amazing!!! I had been having a bit of a wrestling match on entry in several turns, but finally found the sweet spot XXmm down the tubes, XXmm up in the rear, and now I think about where I want to be and the bike is there. The timing loop was down for maint. yesterday, so we'll have to wait for the final times, but Scary Larry was having a bit harder time getting around.
As for the wear, I have so far been pretty impressed. I have 9 HARD sessions on the rear medium DOT and it still looks fantastic,and I've been on the same front the whole time, minus a few sessions on an Int. front. I'll post the full wear report when I change the next set to give actual mileage and session count for the set. So far I would say it's by far the best tire I've ever run, and I've been on everything but Shinko's and Tamahawks. Hope this might help some of you out there looking for the competitive edge.
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Old 02-19-2008, 11:43 PM   #2
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Im glad you finally swithced to the Pirelli's best tire out there. Larry was the one who talked me into switching also, and i agree with every word that you say. It sounds much like my experiance with them.
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buck do you like the pirellis over the bt-002?
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Old 02-20-2008, 02:01 AM   #5
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How do I get hold of Larry and when is he avail to put the shoes on?

Not the I need a competitive edge (need to learn how to ride first) but the extra sticky is good for confidence... I've gotten my 2CTs to spin/step out a little and its not what I consider fun.
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I've been testing out some of the Pirelli tires in the last few weeks and it's time to report the findings.......

I first tried a set of the "specials" which was an AMA spec front(soft) and a Metzler rear(Med) for 199.00. I found the carcass to be quite a bit softer and offer a more comprehensive feel from the front. In my fisrt few sessions we made zero changes to the bike and I was able to drop 2.5 seconds off my best lap. Then I switched to the full Pirelli race( around 340.00 a set I think) for the CCS weekend and that wasn't much fun as I had not had to opportunity to try either the rains or the intermeds. Got through my first expert weekend unscathed and continued testing the following week. WOW!!
After some minor geometry changes and a few more laps to really get the feel, I was able to shave ANTOHER 2.8 off my best, bringing me into the low :40.'s. And these are the DOT's!!. Going to work with the slick some next week, and keep on trying to break into the :39's A bit more testing and geometry work yesterday and and the bike is handling amazing!!! I had been having a bit of a wrestling match on entry in several turns, but finally found the sweet spot XXmm down the tubes, XXmm up in the rear, and now I think about where I want to be and the bike is there. The timing loop was down for maint. yesterday, so we'll have to wait for the final times, but Scary Larry was having a bit harder time getting around.
As for the wear, I have so far been pretty impressed. I have 9 HARD sessions on the rear medium DOT and it still looks fantastic,and I've been on the same front the whole time, minus a few sessions on an Int. front. I'll post the full wear report when I change the next set to give actual mileage and session count for the set. So far I would say it's by far the best tire I've ever run, and I've been on everything but Shinko's and Tamahawks. Hope this might help some of you out there looking for the competitive edge.
What bike are you riding, just curious ??
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What bike are you riding, just curious ??
buck is riding a 07 honda 600rr
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Yes ..........about 5.8 seconds more!! Larry is at the track everyday unless he's off slinging tires for a race weekend. It took almost a year for Larry to talk me into my first set, as I had concerns about wear/longevity. Seems I was wrong.
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Yes ..........about 5.8 seconds more!! Larry is at the track everyday unless he's off slinging tires for a race weekend. It took almost a year for Larry to talk me into my first set, as I had concerns about wear/longevity. Seems I was wrong.
And for a hybrid tire, the Diablo Corsa 3's rock too. I have just purchased a set of BT-002 R/S and will be ineterested to see how they compare to the Corsa 3s. I got a set (BT-002 R/S) for $220 shipped so I couldn't pass them up.
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I put 5 track days on my Diablo Supercorsas! I couldn't be happier with them. Excellant traction, Zero head shake, and they have a soft carcuss to help absorb the bumps.
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Good to hear you had a good experience with the Pirellis, I always did say they were good tires. I've been looking at the Continentals especially their rain tire, which looks like it performes really good. Have you had a chance on running those and if so what's your opinion on them. Thanx
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I think they are great tires too. I just wonder how many track days you can get off a set?
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Good to hear you had a good experience with the Pirellis, I always did say they were good tires. I've been looking at the Continentals especially their rain tire, which looks like it performes really good. Have you had a chance on running those and if so what's your opinion on them. Thanx
Continental makes race tires now?

i wouldn't stray away from the mainstream brands (bridgestones, michelin, dunlop, pirelli).....especially when puttin the tires to the edge of traction on the track.
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I think they are great tires too. I just wonder how many track days you can get off a set?
allan mr whoop got 5 days out of his last set of supercorsa pros
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Not the supercorsa pros that's the older model.
The diablo supercorsa's the new pirelli dots
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How do I get hold of Larry and when is he avail to put the shoes on?

Not the I need a competitive edge (need to learn how to ride first) but the extra sticky is good for confidence... I've gotten my 2CTs to spin/step out a little and its not what I consider fun.
2ct's are street tires
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Not the supercorsa pros that's the older model.
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And you got 5 days out of them? I know you normally on run 3/4 of a day but that is still over 3 trackdays. Were they slipping towards the end? Also how much you weight Allen?
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Never heard of anyone (racer) knocking nearly six secs off a FL straight off the bat by just changing tyres on a 600cc Supersport
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How do I get hold of Larry and when is he avail to put the shoes on?

Not the I need a competitive edge (need to learn how to ride first) but the extra sticky is good for confidence... I've gotten my 2CTs to spin/step out a little and its not what I consider fun.
Everyone knows when you are fast, tires seems to spin or step out often, controlling it is where it's at.
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And you got 5 days out of them? I know you normally on run 3/4 of a day but that is still over 3 trackdays. Were they slipping towards the end? Also how much you weight Allen?
Still running the front But I changed the rear. The front is still soft and has no slippage with good tread.
The rear wasn't slipping but was wearing thin so I changed it. I don't push the rear at hard as I should. I'm a chicken . I think from all the near highsides on the GSXR 1000. That bike stole my nuts.

Yes Bill, lets tell everybody how much we weigh. I weigh 205 buck naked.
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