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Old 03-09-2009, 10:42 AM   #21
Chubby Racer
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Originally Posted by tomLSTD View Post
While you're right about most of this, what we're talking about isn't the 002Race, it's the 002R/S which is basically a street/ track tire. Harder compound in the middle, softer on the edges. Great tire, but still not a true track tire or race rubber.

While some folks can run really good laps on actual street tires, it's not the tires that are doing it, it's the rider. John Haner ran some unreal laps at TWS (Texas World Speedway) years ago on street tires; but when I tried to I ate shyte in turn 2 and I was only running 1:55's- Haner was about 10 seconds faster. I crashed because the tire lost traction on the front and low-sided. Haner was tossing that bike all around and sliding everywhere but he didn't crash. All that said, we've actually raced on street tires before to get some life out of them for a long race, traction wasn't nearly what it could have been on race rubber and our lap times showed it.

It's the rider.

However, in this case, it should hold true that regular street tires for this dude will be more than adequate, let's just not assume that because someone else runs great lap times on street tires it's because of the tires.
True. My roommate isn't Haner either. I was using him as an example of a fairly "typical" intermediate level rider.
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