AMA Supersport Racer
Join Date: Aug 2005
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Street tires are for riding on the street.
Diablo Corsas & Pilot Powers are made for aggressive street riding & track days.
Slicks are for racing on a track.
Common sense tells us this. Letís look at the facts.
Category A: It is a well known fact that the stock tires are made out of a compound that will provide longer mileage at the expense of performance. This makes the tire harder and slicker on the pavement. If you are cruising around and have no intention or desire to ride aggressively, then the stock tires are for you. Case closed.
Category B: For those of us who ride "at times somewhat aggressively" on the street, and an occasional track day, we need a tire compound that falls in between the stocks and slicks. The two best choices are the Diablo Corsas and the Pilot Powers. Stock tires are bad choice here and slicks are definitely a worse choice. Slicks on the streets = suicide.
Category C: Racing slicks are made of a compound that once heated properly become very sticky. They are expensive and do not last more than one or two good weekends. If a beginner racer can afford this, then he or she is better off. Remember, these tires need to be heated up properly in order to perform as designed. This sport is no different than any other. After you have all of your safety gear, buy the best equipment you can afford.
Now, if you are a member of this forum, then I am pretty sure you do not fall into category A. If you do, the stock tires become a hazard. We all have ridden aggressively on the streets at some time. And early on, in our "just learning" days, we have all experienced the front & rear tire slip while riding aggressively. Some have crashed; some have had the you know what scared out of them. I know of a few guys that have quit the sport because of an incident or crash. Now I am not saying these incidents were caused by the stock tires but if they had just a little bit more traction, things may have been different.
During your learning curve, you should have already had your suspension tuned for your weight. Then the tires become more of an issue. Once you have began to push the intermediate tires to their limit, then you either jump up to the slicks and accept all the financial outlay to come or back up a little and stay where you are.
But by saying "you don't need slicks" at the track, is not exactly right. While you may not be able to use them to their full potential, you will get better performance from the slicks that you will from the stock tires. But they will need to be heated up properly. Tire warmers are a must, and a generator to power them? Now you are talking some serious cash. Most beginners do not have these resources. So an intermediate tire becomes the logical choice. So before you buy that new slip-on or power commander, invest in a set of tires that will complement your riding style.
Better yet, find yourself a mentor. men∑tor ( P ) Pronunciation Key (mntŰr, -tr)
n. A wise and trusted counselor or teacher. You only need ONE mentor. And follow his or her advice to the letter. He or she will be one of the faster and more respected racers on the track and has already done all the leg work and crashing in order to gain the knowledge needed to be fast and safe.
I, personally have a mentor and I have learned so much more than I would have on my own. And with less expense than learning by crashing.
A thought for life;
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Last edited by pc911x; 11-22-2005 at 11:45 AM.