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Old 06-23-2008, 02:37 AM   #21
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while we are on this topic which one is better in the rain? i know how the pilot power does but how does the bt002 Ride Smart do in the rain?
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while we are on this topic which one is better in the rain? i know how the pilot power does but how does the bt002 Ride Smart do in the rain?
Most any tire will be about the same. A tire in the rain is only as good as your throttle hand is smooth.
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Old 06-23-2008, 09:05 AM   #23
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I would probably give the nod to PP in the rain based soley on the fact that it has more tread all the way to the edges allowing for more water displacement. Jut my $.02
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Wet grip is mostly influenced by two factors (outside of rider input). Silica content & land-to-sea ratio. The PP has a higher land-to-sea ratio, but the BT002 Ride Smart has a higher silica compound. The tread patter is exactly as the BT002 Pro was, and I have had many racers running in the rain on the Pro's with great success. I'd have to say it will come down to rider preference. I doubt one is better than the other....now in the dry, BT002 Ride Smart pnwns all of the street tires.
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Wet grip is mostly influenced by two factors (outside of rider input). Silica content & land-to-sea ratio. The PP has a higher land-to-sea ratio, but the BT002 Ride Smart has a higher silica compound. The tread patter is exactly as the BT002 Pro was, and I have had many racers running in the rain on the Pro's with great success. I'd have to say it will come down to rider preference. I doubt one is better than the other....now in the dry, BT002 Ride Smart pnwns all of the street tires.
+1 Been running Corsa 3's on my RC51 for a few trackdays, but just ran the 002 Ride Smart on my CBR600rr and they rail...
(I like them better than the Corsa 3s )
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Tire wear almost always is dictated by the rider and suspension in regard to being "even". The Michelin (over the past 3 years for me) has worn faster, but not necessarily more or less "evenly".

Does that answer your question, or did I go off to left field?
I found that the 002 Ride Smart on the rear of my track bike wore the sides out much faster than the center.
Wouldn't that be expected since the edges are softer compound and the bike is leaned more than on the street?
Or do you think I have suspesion setup issues?
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Trackbikes will always wear the edges much faster....on any tire. The rear BT002 Ride Smart is a single compound rear, the front is a dual compound. Without looking at the tire, suspension issues are hard to diagnose.
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