As far as the tires you're going to start out on, if you've only ever ridden street tires (and are a B or slower A group rider) then my recommendation would be to go with those Pirelli pro's. The Q3's are a great tire, but on the track they will wear out faster, and as your pace increases they will just start moving around a lot where the Pro will continue to stick. When you're running a decent pace, 3 laps on the Q3 makes it feel like a worn out Pro. There is really no benefit in staying on a street tire unless you're actually going to ride the bike on the street.
Then when you decide to go to a race compound, if you stick with Pirelli, you don't have to change anything. Do not adjust your geometry for the Pirelli 180/60 any different from the 180/55. I made that mistake and it made my bike handle like absolute garbage. If you decide to switch to the Dunlop, you'll probably want to remove the rear shim as the Dunlop is a very large tire, but I can't say for sure because I have not tried it.
I'm definitely leaning towards the Pro (trackday) slicks. The main reason that I have been considering street tires to start is that I have never ridden this bike. Or any other 3d gen bike for that matter. I just don't want to head out for the first few sessions and not be able to keep enough heat in the tires while I'm riding slower, trying to get comfortable on the bike. What is the general consensus on the Trackday slicks? My understanding is that they are pretty forgiving as they can be run without warmers?
I was running an upper Intermediate pace on my R6S, but understand this bike will take some getting used to.
As far as the Pirelli 180/55 vs 60, I thought that the 60 was a good bit taller? What kind of fork height and shock length were you running with those?
search in the suspension setup thread...theres some real #s to use for initial setup.
I have a bike with 25mm carts in the forks... I run the forks flush or even a mm sunk in the triples.
dont have a shim on the rear shock as it has ride height... but ~300mm sounds right. Im on the heavy side... at ~240 in gear.
My other bikes has the 30mm kit... it is just flush with the triples.
Ran the GPa pros since they were takeoffs from a local MotoA guy.
I'll take a look at that thread.
What size tire were you running with those settings? I've seen suggestions varying from keeping the forks flush to 2 lines showing, and anywhere in between. Also shock lengths from 290-300mm. I guess it will be a feeling out and adjusting process. I just want to try to get a nice pretty neutral baseline for my first time on the bike. I would prefer a little slower turn if it gives me more stability. That makes me think I may want to raise the front a little more than where I have it now.
The shock is fully adjustable for length. What is the benefit of running the shim vs. just adding the shim distance to the shock length?
Thanks for all the input.