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Old 02-02-2009, 10:24 PM   #1
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What's a good tire to use for a track day?

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diablo corsa IIIs are a good street/track tire. Also pilot power 2cts. Get some bt003s if you wanna realy stick, not for street though.
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diablo corsa IIIs are a good street/track tire. Also pilot power 2cts. Get some bt003s if you wanna realy stick, not for street though.
what he said. personally i love the corsa 3's they were great for my r1 on the track. but the 003's are the way to go for track use only
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I started on and stayed with for awhile, Bridgestone BT002RS. Very good tire at a fraction of the cost of others.
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Occational trackday and a beginner's pace:

Pirelli Diablo Corsa III or Bridgestone BT016

More trackdays that street miles and/or elevated pace:

Pirelli Dragon Supercorsa Pro or Bridgestone BT002 Ride Smart

Dedicated trackbikes and/or expert pace

Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa or Bridgestone BT003

The stickier the tire, the faster it will wear out. The sticker tire is safer, to a point, but the main advantage to the softer tires is the ability to build confidence. That confidence usually translates to lower lap times and less crashes.

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Pirelli Dragon Supercorsa Pro
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First day? Don't worry about it. As long as the tire you have is not complete junk you will be fine. Before you head to the track check the condition of the thread.

Before you get on the track check your pressures (most street tires should be set at 30psi front and back)
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I use what ever tire anyone will give me for free, and mout it myself with no balance. I hope to have a tire with no plug in it before I ride March 1st at GSS.
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on that bike Pirelli or michelin work the best. I still have good setup numbers for both just call 512 297-5212 larry
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First day? Don't worry about it. As long as the tire you have is not complete junk you will be fine. Before you head to the track check the condition of the thread.

Before you get on the track check your pressures (most street tires should be set at 30psi front and back)
This will be my second trackday. First one was TWS (Texas World Speedway) in July on BT016's. The 016's weren't anything to write home about IMHO. Like someone said above, not a very confident inspiring tire. I caught myself chasing the front end on the first lap.

I'm suprised I haven't heard someone running Metzlers or Dunlaps.
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on that bike Pirelli or michelin work the best. I still have good setup numbers for both just call 512 297-5212 larry

What do you mean...set up numbers?
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First day? Don't worry about it. As long as the tire you have is not complete junk you will be fine. Before you head to the track check the condition of the thread.

Before you get on the track check your pressures (most street tires should be set at 30psi front and back)
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I've found the BT002 to be just right for me. Sticky enough for my pace and not that bad on the pocketbook....relatively speaking, of course.
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Kelley,
When you say you didn't like the BT016, what tire pressure was it at?

Personally I love the tire, and it's been good enough traction wise that Brandon used it to race on the rear of his SV last year.

IMO, especially since this is just your second track day, if the tires are in good condition, just run them but make sure to lower your pressures.


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The BT002RS are a track day tire, which means they are designed to run at an elevated temperature.
Especially when used on the street they will take a bit to come up to temp and be sticky. That is true about ALL track oriented tires: Power 2CT, Corsa 3 etc..

Some of it can be alleviated by lowering the pressures, but MOST people do not need, nor will ever use, the traction afforded by a track tire on the street IMO.

Plus, if the tire is not up to operating temperature and consistently kept there by repeated cornering loading, the tire may actually offer LESS traction than a good street tire.
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Kelley,
When you say you didn't like the BT016, what tire pressure was it at?

Personally I love the tire, and it's been good enough traction wise that Brandon used it to race on the rear of his SV last year.

IMO, especially since this is just your second track day, if the tires are in good condition, just run them but make sure to lower your pressures.


Bob,
The BT002RS are a track day tire, which means they are designed to run at an elevated temperature.
Especially when used on the street they will take a bit to come up to temp and be sticky. That is true about ALL track oriented tires: Power 2CT, Corsa 3 etc..

Some of it can be alleviated by lowering the pressures, but MOST people do not need, nor will ever use, the traction afforded by a track tire on the street IMO.

Plus, if the tire is not up to operating temperature and consistently kept there by repeated cornering loading, the tire may actually offer LESS traction than a good street tire.
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What do you mean...set up numbers?
i think he means tire preasures and ride heights for your bike with that tire.
im sure alot of time went into that,most dont offer all that for free.....
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i think he means tire preasures and ride heights for your bike with that tire.
im sure alot of time went into that,most dont offer all that for free.....
Well, actually most do. If you get with John at SCRacecenter.com (Kawi JM) he'll get you in the right direction for sure.

The problem with using "other people's" setup information is that it doesn't mean that it'll work for you... at all.

Best bet is to get with John (or whomever your tire vendor is) and get started with his advice, couple that with a good setup from Patrick's crew (not a guess or suggestion from someone else) and you'll be spot-on.

Heck, Motorcycles Unlimited only charges what, $35 or something like that for a custom setup?
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yes you're right Tom,only problem with that is that most of these guys are not usually at trackday events....
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yes you're right Tom,only problem with that is that most of these guys are not usually at trackday events....
John is at every one of ours. He handles Pirelli and Bridgestone.
Brandon Spradling will be offering tuning services at our events as well
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