Been reading a bit about tires lately.....

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Been reading a bit about tires lately.....

Postby thesnowgod » Thu Jul 03, 2014 4:14 pm

Thought I'd share an older link I found on the N2 Forums (used to be NESBA). It really cleared up some serious myths I had heard and were sure they were true! It actually started with me talking to some CRs and then to a vendor that sells tires and slicks at NYST. I saw him later on at a local bar and grill and he also shed some light on "facts" I thought were true. While learning (and hopefully correcting) some of my body positioning errors, I am learning more about tires, racing compounds, slicks, chassis set up and more. Specifically, I wondered when it's "time" to step up to "stickier" tires and what exactly is involved in doing so. Trade offs? Tire warmers needed? Can a B-class rider really use that kind of tire? You get the idea.....

If you're interested in learning more about tires and stuff, give the topic a peek. Sadly a few people chimed in afterwards and I'm quite certain they didn't read a damn word the guy typed out.


http://tracktalk.nesba.com/index.php?th ... ter.17462/



*note* For total disclosure, when it was a NESBA run forum, Dunlop was the official tire they used and endorsed, hence this is written by a Dunlop rep but I find the general information on the hows and whys will apply to any brand, not just Dunlop of course.
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Re: Been reading a bit about tires lately.....

Postby munch » Thu Jul 03, 2014 4:41 pm

All true but in that case why spend 400$ a set on slicks if at a slower pace 200$ q2 are just fine???
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Re: Been reading a bit about tires lately.....

Postby Teltae » Thu Jul 03, 2014 4:45 pm

Huh, interesting. I kinda already figured that would be the case, but nice to see an official rep confirm.
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Re: Been reading a bit about tires lately.....

Postby thesnowgod » Thu Jul 03, 2014 5:55 pm

I thought it was good info. Not so much the need for slicks, just the killing off of some myths. I can't imagine ever needing slicks for myself, but there's a few misconceptions about them that's sort of cleared up. I imagine my next set will be Q3s or similar. These M3s are doing fine, especially considering many said that they were "junk". Once I get body positioning down better, then I'll look to better tires. I've already slipped on the front and the rear but I'm leaning the bike too far and my body not nearly enough.
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Re: Been reading a bit about tires lately.....

Postby Insulinboy » Thu Jul 03, 2014 6:02 pm

thesnowgod wrote:I thought it was good info. Not so much the need for slicks, just the killing off of some myths. I can't imagine ever needing slicks for myself, but there's a few misconceptions about them that's sort of cleared up. I imagine my next set will be Q3s or similar. These M3s are doing fine, especially considering many said that they were "junk". Once I get body positioning down better, then I'll look to better tires. I've already slipped on the front and the rear but I'm leaning the bike too far and my body not nearly enough.


Once you put a set of good tires on, you will be amazed at how much you improve. Trust me. I ran the YZF on some crappy tires and I was a lot less confident in my own abilities. Once I put the Q3's on, it was scary how much better the bike felt and how much more confidence in it and myself that I had. I went from a foot off the ground to dragging knee and toe sliders the same day I went to better tires.

I know I don't "need" anything better than the Q3's, but I've thought about going to a set of 211GPA's with my next set just because the Q3's made such a difference I don't mind splurging on one set of tires to see if they will give me that little bit more confidence and grip. If I don't notice a huge improvement in feel of the bike I will go back to the Q3's till I'm pushing their limits a little bit, otherwise, its not like its a street bike, its my track bitch, even if I buy the better tires I will probably only run through one set, maybe two a year with as much as I can go to the track, and I would replace the tires every year regardless
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Re: Been reading a bit about tires lately.....

Postby henks » Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:45 pm

Dunlop tires ftw. Seriously.

I've ridden both their race DOTs (US versions), and both sets of N-Tec slicks (US and UK). These tires grip like no other. I will be riding dunlops for a long time.
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