I'm heading to Pacific Raceways this weekend to watch the racing and then do a NESBA sponsored track day on Monday and in preparation I bought a new set of Pilot Power Race tires - medium rear, soft front.
I had them installed earlier in the week and the shop recommended 22psi front and rear. Quite a bit lower than I'd have thought but I'm no expert in race tires and track days.
On my first ride to scrub them in they felt really, really bad - and by bad, I mean very sluggish and slow turning - kinda like I was riding on flat tires if you can picture it. I increased the pressure to 26 in both and it was noticeably better but still nowhere near the usual super light turning bike I'm used to with my current street tires - Power 2CT's. On my way home from a quick ride yesterday I increased them again to 32 front and rear but had to come right home which is inly a block away so I can't say if it's now better or not.
Any racers or track day veterans have any input on what the problem is?
To give you a little more insight, I'm an experienced street rider, my bike is an '06 GSXR750, the only change made at the time was the tires (no suspension tweaks), and I'm familiar with the basic's of tires and race DOT's like having to have them at a higher temp for them to be at their best.
A couple seasons ago I put on some Supercorsa takeoffs and they were magic - very quick steering and grippy tires so I was expecting the same from these brand new tires.
Is it a PSI thing or is it an operating temperature issue???
Any tips (other than "keep it pinned through turn 1"!) on PR would also be appreciated!