Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: NW Burbs
Location: NW Burbs
Sportbike: SV 650, FZR 400, RM 125
Years Riding: Since 1990
How you found us: Nesba!
It was just a question. You seemed to get lots of info but are still searching.
Trackday Pirelli's rock.
SuperCorsa Pro's (old DOT tire) good tires
New Diablo Superbike Pirelli's - awesome tire
Pilot power 2ct - will be great at your pace, dual compound for good traction
Dunlop 209's Great tire, stiffer tire with good feedback
The Dunlop 211's and NTECs are supposed to be even better. I haven't tried them yet.
Continentals haven't tired them but heard good things about their DOT / Race tire.
Tires have come a long way in the last 5-10 years. They've even improved a lot in the last 2 years. The tires aren't what is going to hold you back in your riding.
I ride a lightweight, so the Pirelli works well on my bikes.
I run the Diablo DOT race tire for racing. In the spring and fall when temps are lower, I like the Pirelli Trackday tires, or the Pilot Powers. In the rain, I run rain tires.
Pirelli, great tire, predictable till they're completely shot. Softer carcass, more forgiving and consistent performance.
Bridgestones - I can't speak to much about them, I don't have much experience.
Dunlops - The NTEC's are tops. The 209 and 211 are more then enough tire for many of us. They are a stiffer carcass. You'll get more feedback typically. They go off a bit quicker and less consistently so change them when they get to the wear indicators.
Michelin - Pilot powers and 2ct's are great intermediate tires for colder temps and damp conditions for most people. Again, they look great to the eye, but they go away quickly and not typically predictably. A lot of people use them for dual duty on the street and track. After a year of dual duty and all those heat cycles, they can let you down on colder days. Michelin also has the Power One's and the Power Pure's. Each has it's own designed purpose.
We can give you more information on tires then you ever wanted to know.
The point is you need to decide what you expect from a tire.
Riding in the rain?
Dot or slick?
Long life or excellent traction?
More feedback or a softer tire?
Availability at the track or store or dealer you buy from.
Do they need warmers?
What's the temperature and track conditions? Putnam and Miller eat tires.
Pick a tire and try it. If it feels good stick with it. Learn how it feels as it losses traction. Learn how it feels as it wears away. Learn how it communicates your bikes suspension workings to you. You have to believe you have the best tires to have confidence in your riding.
The worst thing you can do is switch tire brands and models all the time as a new rider. You'll have to learn every tire's nuances. Hopefully not the hard way.
What tires are you running now? What don't you like about them? Or are you just looking to try something new?
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