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post #1 of 25 Old 05-09-2019, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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I've searched the forum and found little useful, but seems like there are some fast guys here so:
Attached is a photo of the rear tire with rotation indicated.
The trailing edge of wear hole (when rotated to top) is torn severely rearward. The side holes are torn almost 90 to the outside (slightly rearward when rotated to top)

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Dunlop 200/55 Med+.
24psi hot off track, and slightly lower off warmer.
I cut the rubber balls from the tire edge for balancing.
Disregard the smooth area in center, rode to work so I could change oil and filter warm.
Gen 4, stock suspension.

The tear toward rear I thought was rebound too slow, so I sped it up and she got worse.
1- Is this correct logic?
2-What is ideal for the side hole comet tail to point, and what setting affects it?

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post #2 of 25 Old 05-09-2019, 10:08 AM
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No cold tearing, so looks all good to me.

Looks about the same as mine.

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Personally, I think you've got too much tire movement via soft suspension. Also, your pressure seems a couple psi higher vs how much load you're putting on the carcass. There aren't any tears.

You want the tire carcass to flex in tandem with the suspension. Right now I'd say your tire isn't flexing enough and the suspension is moving to much. Pressures and settings will make this better, but you might be at the limit of the stock shock right now.

Also, the Dunlop slicks is on the harder side of all the tire manufacturers' carcass flex. You might do better with a Dunlop Q4 or something if that's your chosen brand. Competition tires need load and right now, it's not getting enough.

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Be careful with the Q4s. Mine only lasted a single day at Thunderhill. They are soft carcass and soft compound and the big bikes eat em up. I prefer the stiffer Dunlop. (I run an ohlins shock on my 10RR)

This is a Continental slick. It currently has 4 track days on it. I run 23r/33f hot.
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Looks good. If it was me, I'd add a pound to see it would get the wear holes to quit the comet trails.
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And the Q4 is fine if your pace matches it. That's all I meant by that. With his soft suspension, a softer tire will work better.
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This is a Continental slick. It currently has 4 track days on it. I run 23r/33f hot.
Where the hell do you even get these?
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Where the hell do you even get these?
Special Industry Insider contacts :) .

I think they are popular in the EU, but there aren't any race suppliers in the US that I am aware of.

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The last picture of green weanies tire is how you want it to look. Like beach sand when the water has receded. No tears and no major lips in front of the wear indicator holes or trailing them. Also the picture should be taken at the track hot off your session. Straight on pictures do not show the best shadows. Slight angled pictures that show the shadows of the topography of the tire are best. Your tire looks pretty good. It looks like you are not too aggressive with the throttle. I would like to see the front to give me an indication of total lean angle. I tend to tune more for best feel and traction than prefect tire wear. Your tire is fine.
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