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Offline Gremlin

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What tyres for first track day (if it rains)
« on: August 30, 2015, 12:44:13 PM »
Hi,

Doing my first track day in September and currently have the Pirelli DRC's fitted which I love in the dry but scare me in the wet. If it rains on the day I'll probably bail with the current tyres!  :006:

Was thinking of putting some new tyres on the STR that are more all-rounders.

Thoughts are:
Metzeller M7RR's
Bridgestone S30's
Michelin PR4's

Any sugestions?

Ta.
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Re: What tyres for first track day (if it rains)
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2015, 02:30:16 PM »
I have the M7RR's I did two track days and 2000 miles, still look like new. Cracking tyre IMO
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Re: What tyres for first track day (if it rains)
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2015, 04:33:41 PM »
If you're nervous about the rain and wet, definitely the PR4's.

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Re: What tyres for first track day (if it rains)
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2015, 06:43:43 PM »
Like most things tyres are very much personal preference, you will never be comfortable on your bike if you don't trust the tyres.

I am a Michelin fanboy and currently have Power 3's on both the Street and the Blade, for me they inspire confidence in the wet as well as the dry.  I have done 2 trackdays on them (my first ever trackdays) the second one being a wet morning and I found the feedback from them excellent; I could feel the rear starting to slide if I gave it a bit too much out of the corners without the sudden stepping out I had from the OEM Pirelli.  If you ride all year round though the PR3/4's might be better, I used PR3's over the last winter as I find them to be very good in cold, wet conditions.

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Re: What tyres for first track day (if it rains)
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2015, 10:03:58 AM »
Thanks for the advice chaps. I was never nervous about riding in the rain until riding with the Pirelli DRC's and other forum users agree based on other posts on this forum.

In the dry I'm fine with these tyres and the lack of chicken strips on the back proves this  :008:

I have had PR4's on a previous ST but that was the non 'R' version. I found them grippy but very stiff but never tried them on the track.

Heard lots of good things about the M7RR's and looking on Oponeo the prices look resonable too.
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Re: What tyres for first track day (if it rains)
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2015, 11:44:00 AM »
Hi Gremlin
   I too would not like to do a wet trackday on the Pirelli`s and will be changing to a more all round tyre.

I was thinking of going the normal PR4 route, undoubtedly a good wet/all round tyre.....But, I`ve used PR2`s on all my bikes up to this one, ( several Daytona`s, BM`s, Honda CBr`s etc) done a few trackdays, a couple in the rain, toured Scotland in the rain ( moving on a bit at times too.. :007:) and commute all year round, and they never let me down.

  They may not be `the` tyre anymore, but there still bloody good and when you look at the price they may be the `canny` choice?

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Re: What tyres for first track day (if it rains)
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2015, 05:22:58 PM »
*Originally Posted by hayden [+]
Hi Gremlin
   I too would not like to do a wet trackday on the Pirelli`s and will be changing to a more all round tyre.

I was thinking of going the normal PR4 route, undoubtedly a good wet/all round tyre.....But, I`ve used PR2`s on all my bikes up to this one, ( several Daytona`s, BM`s, Honda CBr`s etc) done a few trackdays, a couple in the rain, toured Scotland in the rain ( moving on a bit at times too.. :007:) and commute all year round, and they never let me down.

  They may not be `the` tyre anymore, but there still bloody good and when you look at the price they may be the `canny` choice?

cheers  H
I'm a big fan of the PR2s also. Still running them on the STR and they've had some real stick in the Alps and never let me down dry or wet conditions.
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Re: What tyres for first track day (if it rains)
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2015, 09:28:25 PM »
I've just fitted a set of M7RRs and hoping to do my first trackday on them soon, as it will be Knockhill, its a fair chance its gonna rain  :006: I'm going up to applecross this weekend too, will let you know how they feel.

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Re: What tyres for first track day (if it rains)
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2015, 10:01:19 PM »
Knockhill is on my doorstep -  will have to look into what is available for novices!

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Re: What tyres for first track day (if it rains)
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2015, 01:01:40 AM »
*Originally Posted by vayduh [+]
Knockhill is on my doorstep -  will have to look into what is available for novices!

Where is it your from vayduh ?  I'm in the area  :028:

 


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