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Old 06-12-2008, 12:54 PM   #1
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Buying used track tires for street use????

I would like to know from some of you your opion on buying race take offs to be used for street use. They are cheap to buy but what I would like to know is.....

1. are they safe
2. how do they handle
3. do they last or wear out alot fast that a normal sport tire would

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Old 06-12-2008, 01:01 PM   #2
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They will wear a lot faster than normal sport tires. Rain traction can be abysmal. Also, sometimes it's hard to see how worn out they are since it's both a function of tread depth and the number of times they've been heat cycled. If they aren't shot, grip is good once they are at temperature. It's much harder to get the tire to temperature on the street however. Keep in mind the track rats all use warmers. The profile of the tires changes the handling of the bike, I'd expect it to turn in much more easily - to the point you could dump it until you get used to it.

In summary, I think it's a risky proposition for street riders. I'd rather see the stunters buying the take offs.
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If their race tires......their for the race track.

Street tires have certain compounds and oils to make sure you HAVE traction on street conditions. Race tires are specifically for the track.

I know one danger is you won't generate enough heat to race tire on the street to make it "safe" for street use. i.e. you won't be able to stop, and it will probably feel like you have grease all over your tires.

The track pros can add to this in a little more detail.......just my .02c

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1. Yes if they still have tread and heat cycles left in them
2. When they're hot, they handle better than what you have on there now. When they're cold, they don't grip well. (rolling burnouts when trying to clutch it up at 25mph)
3. wear out faster since they don't have full tread depth, and they are a softer compound so they wear faster as well.
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what about m3s or the like, used at the track tires?
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wow i'm sorry I didn't refresh the page before posting.

On another note, the track tires generally have more wear on the sides than the center, so they are even better for stunters, as they kow how to control a slide, and they won't be on the street.
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heat cycles would be my main deciding factor, but they should be ok in my book.
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i say mount em up and shred the outta them
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Guys thanks for the info!! I will stay away from these for street use. This turned into a very imformative thread!!! Thanks again!! .....Griff
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i say mount em up and shred the outta them
ditto. i ride the out of my race tires on the street with no problems. infact race rubber is the only thing that touches my bikes
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hey griff you should try em before you make your desision. if your like my friends then you will fall in love with em
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hey griff you should try em before you make your desision. if your like my friends then you will fall in love with em


the only issue is faster wear. there is absolutely nothing wrong with riding take offs on the street. if people race with DOT race tires in the rain, i don't see how it would effect street riding in the rain.
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the only issue is faster wear. there is absolutely nothing wrong with riding take offs on the street. if people race with DOT race tires in the rain, i don't see how it would effect street riding in the rain.
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i only ride with take offs too!

street tires are for the birds,
but keep in mind U GOTTA GET EM HOT!

dont lve the crib in the am to work and try n hit the u turn under the freeway fast cuz u got take offs!

cuz they will TAKE OFF from right under you, LOL LMAO

but how would I know Romeo dont give em to me anymore j/j!
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First 7K on OE tyres and ALL the rest on scrubs, through winter too.

takes it nice and easy for the first 50 mile to let them warm up j/j
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Helluva set of rearsets on that bike, geezus!!
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what about m3s or the like, used at the track tires?
I run the Metzler M3 rear and M1 front and think they do just fine...of course I have only done one trackday on them but they performed well enought for me.
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Helluva set of rearsets on that bike, geezus!!
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