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I am moving from a Track DOT to a Slick. Besides the track (closest one sells Dunlop) and stores.racetireservices.com (also sells dunlop) I cannot find any slicks for sale. Where do you guys buy slicks? I would prefer a Bridgestone, Pirelli, Michelin, or Metzler slick. Thanks!:helmet:
 

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If you want slicks hit up Mark Tenn. He is the Florida distributor. You find deals on new race tires unless the company allows. There are strict regulations on race tires. If you buy slicks from Mark Tenn I can pick them up at PBIR and bring them to Tampa for you. If you want Bridgestone Slicks the representative is German Vacca. Pirelli would be Eric at Monkey Works (Daytona FL). If you have any questions you can PM me your number and I'll text you.
 

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^ is your hookup haha

Each brand has a rep who slings their tires for them. usually, you have to buy directly from them. most reps, are contracted to only sell one brand. go to a local road race and you should find them with their trucks and tents set up. race tires aren't usually sold to the public, some places even require race licenses, some just require cash.

there's a lotta politics behind selling race rubber, it's very frustrating.

also, i'm very curious, as to why you don't want dunlops, and would prefer every other brand, while every other brand, is a very different, distinct tire that handles, grips and profiles differently.

you'll need your local track suspension guy to set up the bike for the different tire as well. each needs its own tweaks and adjustments. don't try a tire without having the bike set up for it or you'll end up with false impressions of the slick.

side note:all tires nowadays are good enough that you'll go fast on any of them and it'll come down to your riding style and feedback preference. all of them, will be able to go faster than you can go.
 

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^ is your hookup haha

Each brand has a rep who slings their tires for them. usually, you have to buy directly from them. most reps, are contracted to only sell one brand. go to a local road race and you should find them with their trucks and tents set up. race tires aren't usually sold to the public, some places even require race licenses, some just require cash.

there's a lotta politics behind selling race rubber, it's very frustrating.

also, i'm very curious, as to why you don't want dunlops, and would prefer every other brand, while every other brand, is a very different, distinct tire that handles, grips and profiles differently.

you'll need your local track suspension guy to set up the bike for the different tire as well. each needs its own tweaks and adjustments. don't try a tire without having the bike set up for it or you'll end up with false impressions of the slick.

side note:all tires nowadays are good enough that you'll go fast on any of them and it'll come down to your riding style and feedback preference. all of them, will be able to go faster than you can go.
I've tried most the major brands of tires and so far Michelin and Pirelli are my favorite. It depends on the bike you ride and your style of riding.
 

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I have tried them all, give me my Pirelli!! Dunlop K451 And K449 are very good slicks, I have LOTS of friends who use them, MOTOAMERICA is Dunlop only. I have used racetire services many times with GREAT results. This year I actually believe I will be using Michelins , Most guys including myself will use any of the top brand tires if we get sponser help,hence the Michelin for me this year.
 

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I am moving from a Track DOT to a Slick. Besides the track (closest one sells Dunlop) and stores.racetireservices.com (also sells dunlop) I cannot find any slicks for sale. Where do you guys buy slicks? I would prefer a Bridgestone, Pirelli, Michelin, or Metzler slick. Thanks!:helmet:
I get my pirellis from sportbiketrackgear.com. As long as your east of the mississippi they'll sell to you. About 20$ cheaper than the tire reps and you also stack up STG cash which you can use towards your next tire purchase. My last few sets of 120/200 come out to about 410-420 shipped.
 

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Wow thanks for the responses guys. I checked my usual haunts for tires, but none of the sell slicks lol. I don't have any brand preference because I have not spent anytime on slicks. That being said a friend of mine was looking for Bridgestone because he likes the rs10 so much (not sure if that is any correlation though lol). But I want to move up from the track dot tire to a slick. I am in the process of making the zx10 a track only bike. In may end starting on dunlops since they seem the most readily available and are sold at Jennings. Thanks again for posting the links. And @Crescent1101; I will be in touch with you, thanks for offering to help put me in touch with the right people.
 

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Wow thanks for the responses guys. I checked my usual haunts for tires, but none of the sell slicks lol. I don't have any brand preference because I have not spent anytime on slicks. That being said a friend of mine was looking for Bridgestone because he likes the rs10 so much (not sure if that is any correlation though lol). But I want to move up from the track dot tire to a slick. I am in the process of making the zx10 a track only bike. In may end starting on dunlops since they seem the most readily available and are sold at Jennings. Thanks again for posting the links. And @Crescent1101; I will be in touch with you, thanks for offering to help put me in touch with the right people.
so next logical question is, if you're running dunlop GPA-PRO DOT's, or the GP's if you can still find them, what makes you want to move to slicks?

i'm not trying to come off as a dick here just asking a legitimate question. are you having issues sliding/spinning/loss of traction/feedback? are you running warmers? i'm just curious. are you trying to shave down a PR or going into racing? sometimes proper setup can help a lot with tire issues that aren't the tires fault. lotta guys think i need slicks to go faster but many times it's not the tires themselves causing an issue but a chassis set up or riding style/body position issue etc. DOT's can run a blistering pace.
 

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It depends on the bike you ride and your style of riding.
i agree. just wondering if he can save some money by not buying slicks and just working on setup with the DOT's which can be very fast as is. especially since it's also a track bike and not a race bike. when you're running a few seconds or more off a race pace, especially most track paces, slicks can just be wasted money.

or a confidence booster and that alone is worth a few seconds too
 

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i agree. just wondering if he can save some money by not buying slicks and just working on setup with the DOT's which can be very fast as is. especially since it's also a track bike and not a race bike. when you're running a few seconds or more off a race pace, especially most track paces, slicks can just be wasted money.

or a confidence booster and that alone is worth a few seconds too
Not really a waste of money when the price is virtually the same. I don't know what the prices for michelin/dunlops are but it looks like the Pirelli DOTs are more expensive than the slicks. Only reason I would run DOTs is if I was racing a class that doesn't allow slicks.
 

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I am sure a lot of people could go faster than me on these rs10's. However, it is mostly a confidence thing for me, especially with the price of the rs10 and the dunlop 7455 being about the same, i figure why not use a slick. But I am grateful for all who have posted and told me about other purchase options for slicks other than dunlop. Thanks guys.
 
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