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post #1 of 18 Old 05-17-2007, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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slicks with no tire warmers for track day

Im looking to put some agressive tires on my bike for my next track day just to maximize its performance. I dont want to buy tire warmers so if I got slicks or power race tires, would they heat up just fine after a lap or 2, just like street tires?

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post #2 of 18 Old 05-17-2007, 08:15 PM
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I use warmers now but back when I was doing without, I found that they did not really reach operating temp till about 5th lap on a 1.6 mile circuit.
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i ran race tires on my buddies 636 at the last track day. they seemed to be great after about 2 laps at a 2.3m track. i just took it easy for two laps, then it was on.
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You dont NEED tire warmers for track days. Just make sure you always take 2 warm up laps on a 2mile+ circuit or 3ish on a 1.5mile circuit untill you get crazy because a DOT rated race tire will put you on your ass quick if you dont ;)
Tire warmers are better for racers that need to be able to go all out from the start.
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You dont NEED tire warmers for track days. Just make sure you always take 2 warm up laps on a 2mile+ circuit or 3ish on a 1.5mile circuit untill you get crazy because a DOT rated race tire will put you on your ass quick if you dont ;)
Tire warmers are better for racers that need to be able to go all out from the start.
true but why waste good tracktime when you can go out in full force right away. Tracktime is a very precious thing.
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You will also "save" heat cycles by using warmers...and keeping tires

at a good temp...without overcooking'em

I read on some forum that let's say a Supercorsa Pro has about 10 heat cycles

in it and it's toast after....controversy, controversy.....




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warmers would be an excellent investment, i dont do enough trackdays to feel comfortable shellin out the dough. just saw some chickenhawk pole warmers go for $300 on ebay an hour ago.
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I got some good advice from a factory rider once and that was would you rather spend $300 on some tyre warmers or $1000+ on bike repairs after going down on cold tyres.

Spend the money on tyre warmers, you get more tyre life and more track time at full speed and that should be enough off a reason to offset the cost if your serious about trackdays.

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...it's all well and good if you want to spend extra money on some sticky "race" tires but unless you are very fast, like able to compete with top racers fast, you don't need them. A set of Pilot Powers, Diablo Corsas, etc. are plenty of tire for relative newcomers to the track. They are capable of fast times in the right hands and you won't have to change tires after a weekend, either.
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You will also "save" heat cycles by using warmers...and keeping tires

at a good temp...without overcooking'em

I read on some forum that let's say a Supercorsa Pro has about 10 heat cycles

in it and it's toast after....controversy, controversy.....

+1 tires will last longer on warmers as well.
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