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Track Day tires???

What are the preferred weapons of choice here? I've been using M1 Sportech's and am happy with them, but now am getting a more dedicated track bike, so want tires that are up to the job.
Short of slicks, it looks like Dunlop 208 GP's, Metzler Rensports, Michelin Pilot Race, Bridgestone BT-001's or Pirelli Diablo Corsa's.
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This is a confusing topic for me.

Each brand of tire has a different curvature to it. So you can buy the exact same tire size in a different brand and all of a sudden your geometry is all changed.

Personally I like a tire with a taller peak, so the bike falls into a corner more easy.

But I think I'm going to try the Dunlop 208s.
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Good point 'hopper.
Right now the bike has slicks, but they are about due for replacement. I guess I better go visit the tire guy and compare profiles.

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I like the Diablo Corsas.

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What can of worms have I oppened here? You'd swear I asked "Which oil is better?"
Seems like everyone has thier preferance in tires. I may just have to try some and see what I like.

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Dunlops baby!!!!
Here is deal that I am rocking this season>>>>>
SPECIAL $249 SET

16.5"

SUPERBIKE SLICKS


Yes, I now have 16.5" wheels
I saw that deal
I'm gonna get a file out tonight see what I can do with my 17" rims

whats their price on the 17" 208gp's.. they didn't quote it on thier site at the time.

I read where dunlop is bringing the stuff for the gpa's over to the US and their prices are supposed to drop a bunch... who knows when though.

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I saw that deal
I'm gonna get a file out tonight see what I can do with my 17" rims

whats their price on the 17" 208gp's.. they didn't quote it on thier site at the time.

I read where dunlop is bringing the stuff for the gpa's over to the US and their prices are supposed to drop a bunch... who knows when though.

Ha ha! I've heard of lightened rotors, how about lightened wheels!
I don't know, I didn't get any prices on 17"208gp's, but I will look into it and see. I did price out some 17" slicks for my buddy and found that he was getting a better price with the Bridgestone contingency deal that he is running.
The slicks that I got through this deal were made in the UK by the way...
I am anxious to try out the 16.5" rubber. The rear only comes in 190 / "tall" sizes!!! No 180! Let me just say that it is some [email protected][email protected]'in big rear tire!!!! SBK style baby!

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What can of worms have I oppened here? You'd swear I asked "Which oil is better?"
Seems like everyone has thier preferance in tires. I may just have to try some and see what I like.

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I picked a rear from MD on a nesba day last year....
I've got a spare set of rims I should probably outfit.

Maybe one of you licensed guys can call racetireservice and see what specials they are running on the gpa's. 1-800-772-TIRE

These guys are advertising on the wera board.
I don't know if this is a good price for these or not.
----------------------------------------------------------
Dunlop D208 Gp A's
$335 shipped
$329 shipped money order or check
$325 pickup... per set 180/55/17 gpa rear 120/70/17 front
www.absolutecycleperformance.com
718-876-0035
732-241-4844

swmototires has the gp's (Not gpa's) on special for
I think $314 dunno about shipping...


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Personally I like a tire with a taller peak, so the bike falls into a corner more easy.

You would love the Diablo, it turns in nicely
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208's work nice.

IMO - Be careful if you want to try the top shelf Michelins, the profile is dramatically differnt. Great tires, but you need some serious suspension adjustment to make em work. I had a very bad experience with them. Mcihelin makes a great track tire, but they do it very different than everyone else.
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Mike - Would those be slicks? I didn't even look to see what brand is on it now. The forks are pushed waaaayyy up in the triples though...

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Are the forks pushed way up, or did the bike have it's clip-ons above the triple originally?

It all goes back together the way it came apart...unless it came apart at redline!
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Yeah, Brent pointed that out too. The forks are only pushed up about 10mm.

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