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Talk to me about "Take Offs"

I need some rubber for my SV badly. Locally, there is nothing to be had since the SV uses a 160 rear.

It's been mentioned a few times that Take Offs are an inexpensive source of good rubber, and MUCH, MUCH better/safer then my 6 year old stock tires.

I figure since there are many SV track bikes, theres got to be some SV sized take offs out there...and with Jim mounting rubber for $20 a pop, maybe I can afford something ASAP.

Please educate me on this option??

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I had Pirelli Diablos on my Sv back in the day and was very happy with their wear/performance. Also ran Metzler M-1's. They were killer, very tacky and also got good wear.

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If by some chance you can fit a 180 I have a set you can have.




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If by some chance you can fit a 180 I have a set you can have.
That's just it. 180 are all over the place, but the SV needs 160. Stuffing a 180 on there throws off the profile enough to not make it worth it. I could do an f3 wheel mod, but I've been told all that extra weight/meat actually slows the SV down.

If I can just find some 120/160 take offs, I think I'll be fine. My wheels are in great shape, just my tires are shot!

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PM Grasshopper for some SV T/Os
Yeah, but I bet he really uses his...I might hit him up though if nobody else has any.

But you all feel it's a good idea? No real drawbacks assuming Jim's fantastic mounting price?

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I could do an f3 wheel mod, but I've been told all that extra weight/meat actually slows the SV down.
I doubt you'll notice the difference, then again, what do i know.

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Even with a F3 wheel a 180 still doesn't fit correctly, I had that mod on my bike a while ago. Try wera or ccs forums.

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i've got a set of Pilot Power takeoffs from my drz. 120 front, 150 rear. still a ton of meat in the middle.

I should be able to mount them for you too later this week.

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It's a start!

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yeah most racers take offs are still great for the street, as i have learned, a set of half worn tires are not even close to as nice as a brand new set of tires on the track. So now i have a stack of tires in my garage that maybe one day i can use them on my street bike.

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Alex, you're not still running DOTs on the track are you?
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Alex, you're not still running DOTs on the track are you?
i ran slicks for a while, now i'm back on DOTs. those new Pirelli's =

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doooooooooood, sportbiketrackgear has PP's in stock in your size! cheap!
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True, but there is a big difference between $50-75 for good take offs, and $235 for new Pilots.

Besides, I think I'm going to get something to hold me over till the Pilot Road 2CT are released later this fall.

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ohhhhhhhhhhh i see....my fault kind sir.
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i ran slicks for a while, now i'm back on DOTs. those new Pirelli's =

uh.... yeah, looks like they're capable of carrying some decent lean angles
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If you can take the time to find the right set, I think you'll be very happy using t/o's.

Be careful what you pick up though. Some track day tires have very little tread in the pattern which is designed to maximize contact patch. This is good for dry but not so good when wet.

Also pay attention to wear & color. As a tire is heat cycled more & more times the compound actually hardens quite a bit and will turn blue. This results in lots of street miles from a tire with plenty in the center but a tire that is cycled a bunch will have little grip at deep lean angles. If you push hard on the street, find a set with less days or sessions.
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uh.... yeah, looks like they're capable of carrying some decent lean angles
yup Slicks or DOTs, i was running the same lap times at BHF.

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Thank you for that information. That's along the lines of what I'm needing to learn about.

My year old Metz rear is so hard and old, it skids like a solid plastic tire...and it's a bit squared off.


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If you can take the time to find the right set, I think you'll be very happy using t/o's.

Be careful what you pick up though. Some track day tires have very little tread in the pattern which is designed to maximize contact patch. This is good for dry but not so good when wet.

Also pay attention to wear & color. As a tire is heat cycled more & more times the compound actually hardens quite a bit and will turn blue. This results in lots of street miles from a tire with plenty in the center but a tire that is cycled a bunch will have little grip at deep lean angles. If you push hard on the street, find a set with less days or sessions.

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