Is it true that once you've overheated your tires they're done? Or is it a certain number of these heat cycles, then the tires are done (never the same as before getting cooked)? Racers often sell their race takeoffs, but when you look at the tread, there's still lots left. Now I'm no racer by any stretch of the imagination, but I'd like my 1 week old tires to last longer than the Race course in June. I was talking to Aaron at Modern, who was my saviour on Friday, the day before ART, to diagnose my bent rotor and braking maladies, who said that I should really think about some race tires for the Mission track day for the June course.
Is his advice to help me be competitive (vs. street tires won't cut it)?
I know its mega speed and mega cornering that taxes the tires, so cornering at mega speeds is what really heats em up (Sustained track speeds vs. intermittent road work)...
And what happens if it rains if you've got the race tires on? Back to street tires? Cause all I can say is the BT010's have unbelievable wet grip from some antics at ART this W/E....
The IMPROVED grip over my stock D207's in the dry and the wet is why I switched... And the grip in wet and dry and better mileage is why I picked it over the BT012's (which were only 10 bucks more - so more preference than price)
I do plan to go as balls to the wall as I can towards the end of the day to test the limits of myself and my bike, but it is my first crack at the track. I tend to ride on the aggresive side when there are no cages or cliffs.
I hope to do the Race school and some track days, but lots of crusin' around too. No S2S, but Baker, the Loop, etc. for sure.
And I'd have to get some spare wheels to keep from swappin' back and forth and back and forth. So its a good 6-800 dollar investment just for tires and wheels (a decent amount of coin).
Also with race tires, how crazy should I get the tread? If I have street tires and want track tires should I get the ones that are basically DOT legal slicks with a few slits, or something in between street and those almost slicks? Might as well go for as much grip as possible.... Like some BT-001's, D208GP's, Pilot Races or Supercorsas? If you think I should get some, which ones do YOU recommend?
Any help from you racers would be greatly appreciated!