Slower Traffic Keep Right
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Kenosha, WI
Location: Kenosha, WI
Sportbike: '06 Suzuki GSXR-750 (Track); '11 HD Electra Glide (Road Sofa)
Years Riding: 30+ yrs total
How you found us: A friend at NESBA
Dunlop N-Tech Slicks - ROCK!!!
During my last NESBA track day on July 5th, I purchased a set of Dunlop N-Tech Slicks from Ron Hix. They were take-offs from his AMA Sprint at Road America. Considering Ron has about 180 HP, and I'm only pushing about 80 HP on a good day, I figured I could still get a bit of use out of them.
Ron had spoken highly about them and how well they grip and how stable they are. I was a little sceptical wondering if i could really benefit from them since I'm only in the I-group with NESBA, but I figured they were a good price, and I'd give them a shot.
I was concerned about the clearance due to the larger size (195/65-17), but I spoke with Tom, the Dunlop rep, and he said they should work even with the 5.5" wide rim on my older gixxer. I got them mounted, the clearance was fine, and then I dropped the Penske's ride height about 4mm due to the larger diameter. Nothing to do but wait for my next track day.
Prior to this, my best personal lap time was a 1:21.18. I was consitent 1:22's.
Yesterday, I went back to Blackhawk farms with a friend (c.b. on here) and we ran the PTT Advanced Group. I started off and the first theng I noticed was a slight difference in the turn-in of the bike due to the different profile. Not bad, just different. After about 3-4 laps, it was all good, and it was time to play.
Dave and I were railing all day, and actually managed to not get passed by a single person. I'm not trying to be arrogant, it's just the way the day worked out. I not the fastest by any means. We managed to run consitent 1:20's and had quite a few 1:19's. My personal best for the day was a 1:19.36. I was pumped! Nothing like going out and knocking 2 seconds off of your lap times.
The Dunlop slicks did EVERYTHING I asked them to do, even if I was probably asking too much from them, and the whole time, they stuck like glue to the track. There were times I was trail-braking going into T-1, 3, 6, and 7 that I just knew I was about to be tossed on my ass, but the tires held, and inspired the confidence to push just a bit harder than I normally would have. The bike felt planted, and made the whole day one of the most enjoyable track days I've had in a long time. The grip gave me the confidence to capitalize on any given opportunity to pass even if it meant I had to brake hard and trail brake while taking the inside line at my normal pace.
Confidence in the tires probably has more to do with it, but those are some kick-ass tires. I would highly recommend giving the Dunlop slicks a try if you get the chance. You won't be disappointed.
Sorry to be long winded, but I thought the background info would help put my experience into perspective. I wasn't sure whether to put this in the NESBA or PTT forum, so I just put it here.