Moto GP Racer
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Boca Raton, Florida
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Tire warmers are always recommended with any "race" tire. Heat cycles hurt tire performance.
As far as the tires, each have a benefit to them. I haven't ridden on a "street" tire in years so I'll skip that category. But on race tires, here is my thoughts.
B-Stones 003 - Excellent tire, great front end feedback. Rear spins up rather easily, but it's controlled and predictable. Tires don't last long AT ALL! Front or rear. Don't use them anymore due to durability.
Power Ones - Excellent tire, front end tends to "push" VERY easily, but always loved the tip in of the "V" fronts. Rear has incredible grip! But when it lets go, it does so with little warning and is more of a snap than a slide. Don't use them anymore due to the front tire pushes.
Conti Race Attack - Good tires, front didn't have the best feel, the rears I would put somewhere between the B-Stone and the Power One. Only ran them once as a test for a distributor for a potential sponsor. Chose not to go with them.
Pirelli SBK K3 - This is an older version I believe, I ran them for one session and changed them. Still have them like brand new. Won't ever try them again!
Dunlop 211's - I thought I would add these as it's what I am currently running. The DOT Race tire is an excellent tire! The front seems to last FOREVER! I am year to change a front tire because it was worn. I change it because it has to be losing grip here soon! lol I am yet to have a front push on me. And that's riding 3 seconds faster than when the PO's would push. The rears don't have the grip of the PO's, but it's better than the stones were. Wear on the rear is slightly better than the PO's or the b-stones were.
Now, I'll add the 211 USA Slick, I ran them for the first time at the race 2 weeks ago. The set is $25.00 more, and lasts a LOT longer! I got almost twice the tire life out of it and the rear had a LOT more grip!!!
Good luck and remember some tires require ride height changes for a fair comparison.