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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-05-2010, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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Slicks Tires?

Have you run on Slicks tires on tracks & streets?

I know it's unlegal on streets, who cares!

Big difference on braking grip & grip in corner exit acceleration?

Do you prefer 180 or 190 rear tire?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-05-2010, 01:20 AM
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Yes, only the front. It was on a 420 mm (16.5 inch) wheel.
I agree.
Yes, significant. The bike had never felt better.
190, on a track.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-05-2010, 02:51 AM
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I would love to run slicks on the street, but here in cali, there is a water puddle at each corner, lol.

Plus I like riding in the rain, free bike wash.
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I've spent limited time on slicks on the track and the additional bike stability needs to be experienced to be believed, the front is much more steady, it is amazing just how much movement there is in a treaded tyre. Thats the good.

Here is the bad: slicks don't grip in the wet, actually they need to be quite hot to grip at all (in any conditions) and if you can get your tyres that hot on the road you need to seriously review your riding style. Additionally, slicks are made from rubber compounds that only accept a few heating and cooling cycles so they tend to go off after only a couple of track days (or 6-9 months) whichever comes first (I know some of you run your slicks longer - you're missing out on lots of grip).

Road tyres offer much better cold grip, heat-up quicker and also endure more hot/cold cycles without dramatic performance drop-off.

I've genuinely considered fitting cut-slicks to my bike to get better tyre life on the road (I regularly destroy a set of tyres in around 1000km - 1 track day plus a few Sunday rides), but I haven't. Now that I'm older and with new tyre compounds (compared to 20 years ago) I think road tyres offer the best grip on the road.

Finally, consider this: if road tyres are so poor why are Supersport bikes (on road tyres) lapping at about the same pace as Moto2 bikes (on slicks), both are 600cc bikes with roadbike based engines.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-05-2010, 07:45 AM
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I have got the pirelle supercorsa which basicly are slicks on the sides and especially at the end of their lifespand.

Big but with running on slicks is dont ride under wet or damp conditions and warm up your tires.
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