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post #1 of 9 Old 05-10-2006, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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Diablo Strada?

I've got a worn out front on my 919 (cupped beyond belief). I happen to have a brand new Diablo Strada 120/70 that I got for $25 when I bought a rear for my SV650 (sold to get a 919). The rear Dunlop on the 919 is new and in great shape. So when I bought the bike I figured I'd just put my Strada on it... HOWEVER...

I am scheduled for my first track day on 7/9/06 and I expect to take it easy since I've never done this before. I just wonder if I should forgo my original plan and just buy a set of Pilot Powers at the track ($25 off the set and I think they mount them for free). I'm honest with myself, this is a street bike, even if I love track days I'm too cheap to do it more than once or twice per year so the Strada seemed like an ideal tire for my street riding use but I'm not so sure about it's track day potential.

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post #2 of 9 Old 05-10-2006, 09:32 AM
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Just be carefull about mixing tires. If you rear is an OEM tire, the diablo will have much more grip and cause an over steer situation. This may cause for the back end to step out without warning.

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Just be carefull about mixing tires. If you rear is an OEM tire, the diablo will have much more grip and cause an over steer situation. This may cause for the back end to step out without warning.

The rear is not OEM, it's a Dunlop 220 I think... I'll check that when I get home. The bike came with Michelin "Hi Sport" tires (the front is original)

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If it is indeed a 220 you might think about getting a match for the front, or better yet and set of Pilot Powers. In fact even if it is a 208 I would change it out. On the street you can get away with mix and match as long as you take it easy. On the track it's a whole different story. Ask yourself, is the cost of a tire worth taking a chance??

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If it is indeed a 220 you might think about getting a match for the front, or better yet and set of Pilot Powers. In fact even if it is a 208 I would change it out. On the street you can get away with mix and match as long as you take it easy. On the track it's a whole different story. Ask yourself, is the cost of a tire worth taking a chance??
It's a 220 for sure, after looking at them on Dunlop's site it's obvious by the tread pattern. So if I get another 220 should be ok?

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Get some Metzlers, or Michelins, Or even the Batallax. They all work Great. Even the New Qualifier, Awesome tire.

Or just save up and get some Track Day Tires

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I'd maybe stick to something more trackie. Might help you grip the ground a little better if you are going through a corner sloppy. $200 for nice tires or $2000 to fix the bike?

Not to change the subject, but do you have a steerying damper?

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True, a little money goes a long way

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It's a 220 for sure, after looking at them on Dunlop's site it's obvious by the tread pattern. So if I get another 220 should be ok?
I would stay away from using 220's on the track. Treat yourself to a new pair of Pilot Powers.


ragdoll... With the lazy 919 geomertry, a steering damper is not necessary. My old R6 with 87 mm of trail, now that was a different story.

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