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Old 04-24-2009, 11:00 PM   #1
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Top considerations for switching to race tires

I was at the Texas Track Days event at MSRH this past weekend on Sunday, the good day.... It was my 3rd track day, first time on this track on a bike, and the first time running clockwise, so I ran novice.

Onto business.... He recommended that I make the switch to race tires and I am tempted to make that happen for the next trackday since I have 2 days on the pilot powers(not 2CT) and the rear looks worn on the sidewalls such that I might get one more day out of it. I am on the yellow 99 748. I have the stands needed for warmers but dont have the warmers, no biggie.

What are the top considerations to make the switch from street tires to race tires besides the obvious increase in grip? What about longevity, is it the same? And last, which tires?
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Old 04-24-2009, 11:04 PM   #2
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Sounds like you are ready for some BT002's. Get with Jon at SCRcenter (site sponsor), he has some good deals. You won't need warmers with them, but take 2/3 laps to get them up to temp. You could run warmers with them no problem though. They should last you 2/3 trackdays, depending on how hard you run them.
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if you're only going on your 4th trackday, go with a "track oriented" tire such as the bridgestone bt002 r/s or the pirelli corsa III's. that way you don't need tire warmers just yet.

the obvious is....more grip, less life.

also if you ride your bike on the street also....it would be better to get one of those "track oriented" tire which will do fine on the street also. full on race tires for the street won't last very long at all.

if your bike is track only....and you got money to spend, get some race tires and some warmers. other than that....i believe a good track oriented tire will do fine until you've mastered the basics of track riding and you are running a decent pace. if you don't keep a decent pace, you will be wasting money and not using the potential of the race tire.

get with john hutchinson with south central race center...he'll guide you in the right direction.
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BT002 are plenty and will last you several trackdays.

Most of what I'd say are copy/paste of what the above 2 said.

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I went from the Pilot Powers (not 2ct) to the Bridgestone BT002 R/S and I'm glad I did.

It was a good jump at a reasonable price. I've never had a problem with grip on the R/S's and you'll get a few trackdays on them, depending on how you ride. You'll like them. John sells them at a good price to.

I'm getting ready to buy my first full race tire (BT-003's), and it's because of the performance of the R/S's that I'm sticking with Bridgestone, for now. Just thought I would add my 2 cents on the R/S's.

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I been using -002's for a couple seasons and I love them. In fact I'm going to MSR today to get a new rear from SCRC.
They stick on the edge almost like a racetire and wear in the middle pretty well too.

Like everybody else said, talk to John at SCRC, he is the tire man.
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Zat you Eric?
I been using -002's for a couple seasons and I love them. In fact I'm going to MSR today to get a new rear from SCRC.
They stick on the edge almost like a racetire and wear in the middle pretty well too.

Like everybody else said, talk to John at SCRC, he is the tire man.
Yup. But I forgot who it was that told be they were bumblebee?

This is all great advice and I appreciate it. Sounds unanimous for the 002's and I think I should talk to John or something.

He's got decent prices on the warmers too.
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