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Trackday 22 Sep... Tires?

Well purchased a trackday for the 22nd. I'm thinking of upgrading to either the Bridgestone BT016 or Michelin Pilot Power. After multiple slips on the stock dunlops I think I don't want to risk it. Not really worried about mileage or longevity.

Anyone with experience on either tire?
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I think a lot of guys who race SV's and Kawi 650's use the BT003RS's. I think most of them used a full race front BT003 (because they don't make the rear in a 160) but for a track day the RS's front (and rear) would work really well.

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Using BT 016 Bridgestone but never done track.

General comments. Good grip on wet and dry, very satisfied.
keep bike in line and doest step out , never had a moment with the tires so far and it get better on twisters.

If you are going for track days, best the ask track guys who will know the condition of the track and will recommend the right tire.

on your track days and wish you all the best.

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thanks Fasto.... i went with the BT's after reading reviews on them.

I'm pretty sure these will fit the bill.

I've actually been on this track many times before... so i'll know what to expect. But first time on the Versys.
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thanks Fasto.... i went with the BT's after reading reviews on them.

I'm pretty sure these will fit the bill.

I've actually been on this track many times before... so i'll know what to expect. But first time on the Versys.
Thanks Flipxed:

For what I have known, the versys so far is a very forgiving bike. Had a few moments on corners but the bike is easy to flick back and get on line.

Good luck mate on your track days and do burn some rubber.

Wish you all the best and do post some pictures.

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Cant help directly but consider BT090's, highly rate even in the wet.

Or I've run SC2's (180) succesfully. Have power one's on a litre bike and they work very well too, but bit more temp sesnistive.

post some vid .....
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thanks Fasto.... i went with the BT's after reading reviews on them.

I'm pretty sure these will fit the bill.
Yes they will. Good luck!

"When It Rains, Get Wet"
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I have a couple of buddies that will be bringing some gopro video cams.... I'll post a few videos and pictures.

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After multiple slips on the stock dunlops I think I don't want to risk it.
+1. I am not a tire expert, but 1 place you dont want to skimp is on the track.
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I am getting ready to do my first track day on a stock '08 V. Other than replacing tires with BT003RSs are there any other mods that need to be done for a first timer? Any help is appreciated.
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I am getting ready to do my first track day on a stock '08 V. Other than replacing tires with BT003RSs are there any other mods that need to be done for a first timer? Any help is appreciated.
remove the hero blobs and mirrors - go enjoy! Post up a report.
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Hero blobs??



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I'll remove the mirrors but what the H*** are HERO BLOBS?
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we call them "hero blobs" in the UK. kind of sums it up - "feelers" think you call them?
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Veejay.... Other than the mirrors maybe painters tape over all your signals and lights. One thing I do before a trackday is tape over my speedometer.

Speed numbers kind of freak me out. So out of sight out of mind... one less thing to think about on the track.
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I like the Pilot Powers

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Good advice on taping the speedometer.

wrt tires I am still undecided. For this initial track day I may choose the BT023s since I am not sure that I will be doing a whole lot of track days - depends on how the first one turns out (OEMs gotta go). If I have a really good experience on the track I may change to the Pilot Power Road 2CT but some folks are trying to convice me that the BT003s are better for track.
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For bike prep you definitely should go to the website of the outfit you signed up with and follow their guidelines. Coolant may not be allowed. They all vary a bit.

I'm not a BT guy (although they are fine tires I just stay with what I like). Pilot Powers or similar sport oriented tires will do fine on the track. They'll have more ability than the rider until said rider becomes a track day junkie and is passing more than getting passed in the middle group.

By far the most important advice to a new track rider is: be prepared, relax and have fun, and remember your key (you'd be surprised how many forget it).

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hydrate.... almost forgot that one. Trackriding is pretty intensive on your body.
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Ready to rock and roll.

BT016's mounted and balanced for $80 wheels on bike.... what a bargain
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