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Tire recommendations for trackday

Hi folks,

I'm prepping for a trackday at Hockenheimring, it"ll be my first trackday in several years, and my first on the RC. Should be a combination of fun and terrifying

What can yall recommend for a high-speed track? My favorite trackday tires for the R6 were the Pirelli CorsaIII's, they never got slippery (even in the blazing sun in the summer at Willow Springs) and the round profile made for really fine-tunable steering input compared to the dive-in of the steeper-profile tires, but that's all old history these days.

I'm B-group fast, or at least I was, so while I'm probably not ready for a slick, I need something appropriate for the "training wheels are off" category.

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Personal choice, I use Dunlop GP racer soft compound. Never let me down and give really nice feedback, 190/55's on the rear for better turn in.

I guess you will get a load of different views on this, as rider style and bike setup play a big part. I doubt I will ever have the talent to out ride the tyres, and they work for me.

Have fun on the track day.
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Thanks!!

I need to have the suspension done, too, the fork oil is fresh out of 2006, and I of course want to have everything dialed in for my size and weight. I'll read up on those GP's.

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I'm currently just running the Dunlop Q3's. I'm at the top of the C group ready to move to B group. I don't run tire warmers either. They were a good cheap option that provide good traction and warmed up quickly on the track.

190/55 for the rear.

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The Dunlop D211 GP-A seem like a good compromise between the Q3 and full slicks

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I prefer to see DOT race tires for everyone on the track as a safety margin. Anything in intermediate or faster I'd only recommend full DOT race tires. They are are better suited to the track than street tires, have notably more grip and will not overheat or deteriorate.

I prefer Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa myself. They heat up very quickly and were excellent on track days and in winning races.

Here's an older comparo.
http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/545/82...on-Review.aspx
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I can highly recommend Dunlop Sportmax D212 GP Pro. This is newest DOT race tire from Dunlop.
I have a set on my RC and I am very impressed with them.

http://www.dunlop.eu/dunlop_euen/mc/...212_GP_Pro.jsp
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This is kick-ass info, guys, thanks!! I was B-group (sort of middle of the pack in the B group) fast before my long break from riding, so I'm hoping the chops will come back fairly readily (without pushing myself outside of my safe limits of course). That said, with the info gathered here, I should look for a DOT race tire.

The overheating factor is a concern because Hockenheim is mostly a high-speed, sweeping track, but that's really where the concern stops, as previously mentioned, I honestly dont think I'll be outriding the grip of any decent tire as long as it doesnt get greasy.

As one more bit of detail, if I may ask, in reference to the tires yall have recommended here, can anyone give details on the tire profile and the related steering behavior? Also as mentioned above, I really enjoyed the circular profile of the CorsaIII, it didn't feel like the bike was tipping over into the corners, rather it gave me a lot of finesse with my lean angle.

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- Otherwise OEM, not gonna make BOTY any time soon


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Dunlop Sportmax D212 GP Pro
The front tire profile is different from most DOT race tires. The front looks like a slick with almost no shoulder just rounded. The rear is more conventional. The brake stability is what amazed me. When you get on the brakes hard there is no hunting or movement. Turn in is a bit slower but a very good feeling with control and feedback. I had to go up a couple of clicks front and rear with these tires. The rear is very stable backing it in and coming out of the corner. Rear grip is almost more then the RC can overcome. I am a point and shoot kind of rider so as to the high edge grip it is more then I was willing to find out. I also use a slipper clutch, with higher gearing, so I am usually in one lower gear then most.

These are the tires that Micheal Dunlop set the record at IOM in Supersport.
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