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Old 06-08-2009, 02:23 AM   #1
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Are these tires good enough for the track?

I plan on doing my 2nd track day sometime this month. I just want to make sure that my tires are in good enough shape for a full day of riding. The tires are Pilot Powers and have about 6k street miles and 1 day at TWS (Texas World Speedway).

First four are the front.
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if you are in level one you will be fine. just make sure to warm them up and take it easy a couple laps before going to town on them.. and for a used set of pilot powers with 6 thousand miles.. they should be free.. I wouldnt pay much more than 50 bucks for the set
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Old 06-08-2009, 03:20 AM   #3
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These tires are already on my bike. I just wanted to make sure they didnt look too squared off. The sides still have plenty of tread.
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Old 06-08-2009, 03:58 AM   #4
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my pilot powers got me through 4 1/2 trackdays and maybe 2-3k miles on the street til i had to replace the back tire cuz i wore out the edges. shoulda kept them for the street though :( plenty of tread in the middle
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hmmm, i wouldnt personally ride on them at the track



but they should be ok as long as you are registered in the lower levels...might want to have some extra $ with you just incase they do not pass tech
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Besides the fact that it is a Michelin they look borderline to me. I'd plan on picking something up by mid-day, I have some take-offs that will work. I also have a few new ones too....

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Get new ones.


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Your going on the track to use the bikes full potential, don't let old tires hold you back. Even if your going slow you'll still feel way more confident on new shoes
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Hard to tell from the pics but the rear looks close to the tread wear indicator.
If you're unsure, bring it by and I can look at them real quick.
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+1 here...cannot tell by the pics themselves.

Since it is a PP I assume you are not a frequent visitor to the track (of course I can be wrong).
If in level 1 and not pushing it you should be fine.
If on the other hand you have been to the track several times and are familiar with L1, and can make the bike move, you may be looking at something new during the track day.
Keep in mind, you will have a harder time finding street tire at the track. So whatever you put on at the track, you will take home with you to the street.

When I had a street bike, I had a set of spare rims, onto which I put some nice track tires. When not riding track, I would just swap them for street shod rims. Simple and saves the track tires too.

If Patrick offers to inspect, I would def jump on it.


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Hard to tell from the pics but the rear looks close to the tread wear indicator.
If you're unsure, bring it by and I can look at them real quick.
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Should be fine for Turn 3 at TWS (Texas World Speedway). Just stack them next to the fence on top of the others

Seriously though, my GF was using pilot powers during her first track day at TWS (Texas World Speedway) and they started moving around quite a bit; even in the novice group.
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I'd rock em.

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Prepare yourself and your bike for the most experience out of a track day. If you're questioning it, get them replaced and throw them back on when you go back to the street. CorsaIII's are my fav

I ran BT021 w Ridesmart at TWS (Texas World Speedway) and lemme tell you I spent more time trying to keep the front and rear from hopping(turn 10 ) but was still fun.
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The rule of thumb is when in doubt change em out. I wouldnt ride on a michelin if you paid me for 1 and 2 the pilot powers are the slipperyest tire you can ride on the came stock on most of my bikes and cant take alot of lean+drive power. So go with some 003 stones or pirellis they will be the best bang for the buck and give you plenty of feel.
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if you are questioning your own tires......my advice is.....there should be no question.

there are no if's and's and but's when it comes to confidence and safety on the track. get some new tires for your own peace of mind.
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I'm in the same boat. My sides are still fat, but the center is not going to make it. Sucks because the only time I'm worried is when I'm cranked over. But going to the track thinking "I'll just take it easy" is a setup for a rashed bike. (Not to mention me). Because you know you're going to push it more and more as the day goes by - and at the same time, the tire is getting worse and worse. I need a set of track wheels so I don't burn the center of my Corsa IIIs while on the street.
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