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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-09-2019, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Bad idea to run Michelin Pilot Road 2 tires on the track?

So I just bought a 2009 R6 to start doing track days and the previous owner has some pretty new Michelin Pilot Road 2 tires on the bike. Would it be a bad idea to take these to the track and run with them? This will be my first track day and I dont expect to be going too fast or pushing it too hard. Or should I just get a set of Q3+'s and call it a day?
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So I just bought a 2009 R6 to start doing track days and the previous owner has some pretty new Michelin Pilot Road 2 tires on the bike. Would it be a bad idea to take these to the track and run with them? This will be my first track day and I dont expect to be going too fast or pushing it too hard. Or should I just get a set of Q3+'s and call it a day?

If it still look pretty new, i'd go with it. They aren't bad tires. Like you said, you won't be pushing it too hard anyways. Plus after a few laps, you'll get a pretty good feel of how they will hold up.
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I'd be awfully careful on them on the track. If you can afford it, maybe take them off and sell them on CL and buy some more track oriented tires?

It's always cheaper to have better tires than it is to have to fix the bike if those tires give out.
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I'd be awfully careful on them on the track. If you can afford it, maybe take them off and sell them on CL and buy some more track oriented tires?
It's always cheaper to have better tires than it is to have to fix the bike if those tires give out.
what specifically do the tires "lack" that they would not be sufficient for the OPs first track day?? What makes you think the Q3 is a better tire?
How are you "bench marking" tire betterness???
Whats more concerning is you want the OP to remove said tires and try to resell them? Kind of a shitty thing to do, no? Tires arent good enough to use at a track day but good enough to resell to some craigslist sucker wanting used tires??
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The tires are not the weak point here. The rider is likely to crash the bike from input error before the tires ever cause the crash. The OP is better off concentrating his time on setting the bike up ergonomically, getting the suspension setup right, and setting the tire pressure correctly long before he should ever be concerned about the tires ability to grip. Those tires are more than capable. Hell, I'm sure you can find videos of top-level track riders putting those tires to the test on a track and making out just fine.

Go enjoy the track. Focus on improving your riding abilities and not focusing on tire ability. Those tires are fine. Let your pace dictate what tires you need in the future.
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what specifically do the tires "lack" that they would not be sufficient for the OPs first track day?? What makes you think the Q3 is a better tire?
How are you "bench marking" tire betterness???
Whats more concerning is you want the OP to remove said tires and try to resell them? Kind of a shitty thing to do, no? Tires arent good enough to use at a track day but good enough to resell to some craigslist sucker wanting used tires??
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I just looked into the Road 2's a bit more. I always thought they were single compound tires, but they are true dual compound. They should be fine.
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Re: Bad idea to run Michelin Pilot Road 2 tires on the track?

Wear the PR2s out then get the Q3+
They will be just fine.
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I just looked into the Road 2's a bit more. I always thought they were single compound tires, but they are true dual compound. They should be fine.
Taylor Knapp just won some races on a street tire...lol


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I have Q4's on my R1, they are extremely good tires and warm up quick. Only downside is they don't last very long at all.
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I have Q4's on my R1, they are extremely good tires and warm up quick. Only downside is they don't last very long at all.
on the front or rear? Obviously the faster you are the quicker you wear out tires. Not sure what warm up quick means... I wouldnt even know what the operating temp is or pressure is. You bag a 30psi tire down to 20... the wear goes up.
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