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Old 10-10-2008, 10:19 AM   #1
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Track day tire life...

So my street tires have developed aflat spot and I've decided to get a seperate set of tires for the track.

I thought about buying some takes off from local guys, but I may only be able to get 1 or 2 track days out of them. So unless they're free it may be worth it to buy some new tires.

my question is, how many track days do you get out of a set of tires?

If I buy tires I probably won't go with DOT race tires, I'd probably go with Pilot sports or something like that, and just ride them on the track only.
I'm not fast enough yet to outride street tires.

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Old 10-10-2008, 10:21 AM   #2
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PROBABLY 4 on the rear, and 6-7 on the front for me....but I'm pretty easy on/off the throttle. For being such a big guy, I'm amazed that they don't go faster.
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I dunno about how many trackdays they'll last, but...

The new bridgestone BT-016's are great! Similar to the race bt-003's but last longer...more of a street/track tire.
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It all depends on your pace, track, suspension, and temperature. Take off's might last you longer than you think. If I'm not mistaken your just starting out so street tires should be fine for now. I ran a 2ct front and power rear on my SV and would get 5 td's out of them running at a descent pace.
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:29 AM   #5
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you're right I am just starting out, and so I'm pretty slow, and AFAIK the SV doesn't chew through tires like bigger bikes

I may just do the take offs and see what happens, I guess if I get two days out of them I'm doing pretty good.
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I dunno about how many trackdays they'll last, but...

The new bridgestone BT-016's are great! Similar to the race bt-003's but last longer...more of a street/track tire.
Just to be clear, the BT016 is a street tire. It is just a REALLY good street tire I would not race them on a big bike, but on the SV650's we race on the BT003 front & BT016 rear. As far as trackdays go, I'd run the BT002 Ride Smart front & BT016 rear. They would only be $240/set, and you don't need tire warmers for that setup. You should EASILY get 6 TD's out of them.

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look into the pirelli corsa 3's. They won't last but maybe 2000-3000 miles but the offer tons of grip for a track day/street tire!
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It's more cost effective to buy new tires. And riding on somebody's take-offs doesn't do much for your confidence on the track.
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I have Pilot Power NOT CT's on my SV and they've lasted quite some time. Should have more than 6 TD's on them plus a little street riding before the bike was committed to track duty.
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Just to be clear, the BT016 is a street tire. It is just a REALLY good street tire I would not race them on a big bike, but on the SV650's we race on the BT003 front & BT016 rear. As far as trackdays go, I'd run the BT002 Ride Smart front & BT016 rear. They would only be $240/set, and you don't need tire warmers for that setup. You should EASILY get 6 TD's out of them.

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It's more cost effective to buy new tires. And riding on somebody's take-offs doesn't do much for your confidence on the track.
+1, there is nothing like getting onto the track with tires you know! i'd rather spend $400 on a set of new ones than to get a free set of take offs, like alan says, its a confidence builder!

can't blame the tires if they are new!

002RS for my garage! i normally get 3-5 trackdays out of a set of tires, as long as we are doing numerous different tracks, TWS (Texas World Speedway) will eat em up quick.
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my next two track days are MSRH and MSRC both next month

an take off would be better than my road attacks, surprisinly they did well for my first two track days but I think I want something better as I progress, and I like the idea of 2 sets. commuting daily would really flatten some good track tires
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I push the limits on my tires(cuz im a cheap )

I can get 6 days out of my 002's which prolly should be about 4 days
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It's more cost effective to buy new tires. And riding on somebody's take-offs doesn't do much for your confidence on the track.
depends on the condition of said take offs. i did 2 track days on Derricks take offs. I suppose if your are bigger than your brains then it wont change your riding.

but when i have the money i get the BT002RS (race/street) and i have been happy with them. they hold up and stick like a twig... or glue, good weed.... ya/ they stick like something sticky.
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I think it depends highly on how fast you are, what track you are at, and what kind of bike you are on.

The faster you are, the faster you eat up tires.

Some tracks (i.e. MSR or OHR) are really nasty on tires, while others (i.e. Hallett) seem to be nice and tires and even seem to "polish" them after abuse on one of the nastier tracks.

A 1k is obviously gonna chew through rears quicker then a 600, and MUCH faster then a ninja250...

Main thing to keep in mind with race tires is the number of temp cycles that you get on them. I have used the Dunlop ntecs through 6-7 trackdays before, but was running tire warmers, on non-destructive tracks, and they really DID lose stickyness by the end due to heat cycles.

If you dont have tire warmers, or dont want to buy a set, just run streets b/c the race compounds wont last for chit...



BTW: I have ntec takeoff all the time that I'll sell you for cheap, PM me for more info...
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