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post #1 of 12 Old 10-03-2008, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone on here used track take off tires? I've read a couple of times of people buying tires that were used for track days to use for regular street use. I was wondering if anyone on here has ever gone that route. I know there are always a few listings on the local Craigslist selling these and was considering possibly getting a new-ish rear tire for the 919 this way. I'd definitely look over the tire very well prior to buying it, of course.

Is this one of those ideas that I need to have this done to me for?

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Has anyone on here used track take off tires? I've read a couple of times of people buying tires that were used for track days to use for regular street use. I was wondering if anyone on here has ever gone that route. I know there are always a few listings on the local Craigslist selling these and was considering possibly getting a new-ish rear tire for the 919 this way. I'd definitely look over the tire very well prior to buying it, of course.

Is this one of those ideas that I need to have this done to me for?

I've never bought them but I sell my take offs all the time. I think its a great way to get tires that are used up for races but still have plenty of street life left in them.

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Has anyone on here used track take off tires? I've read a couple of times of people buying tires that were used for track days to use for regular street use. I was wondering if anyone on here has ever gone that route. I know there are always a few listings on the local Craigslist selling these and was considering possibly getting a new-ish rear tire for the 919 this way. I'd definitely look over the tire very well prior to buying it, of course.

Is this one of those ideas that I need to have this done to me for?
Depends. If it's a track tire, I wouldn't run them on the street due to heat up issues. If it is someone using an aggressive street/track tire and selling them. The center of the tread is usually full. Great for folks that don't lean it over much.

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I've never bought them but I sell my take offs all the time. I think its a great way to get tires that are used up for races but still have plenty of street life left in them.
That's good to hear, glad it's not just a scam or something. Anything to look out for specifically if I get them?

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Depends. If it's a track tire, I wouldn't run them on the street due to heat up issues. If it is someone using an aggressive street/track tire and selling them. The center of the tread is usually full. Great for folks that don't lean it over much.
I'm still learning the different tires recommended for the 919, so I'm not positive what is good/better/best right now. I was looking at getting a Michelin Pilot Power 2 (only need to replace the rear right now), but below is a list of what he has available:

Dunlop Sportmax Qualifer.....180/55 z R17
Michelin Power Race..........180/55 z R17
Bridgestone Battlax..........180/55 z R17
Dunlop Sportmax..............180/55 z R17

Any of these good? I'm thinking that maybe the Michelin Power Race may be a little too track oriented for good street use.

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That's good to hear, glad it's not just a scam or something. Anything to look out for specifically if I get them?
Well of course you need to be careful of what you're buying. Some folks define take offs as completly worn out 2 race day 5 track day tires. Buying race take offs means they've been raced for a couple of races and that was it. I'd ask how many laps they got on em and then take a good look at them.

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I haven't used any of those on the 9ner, but a buddy of mine has raced the Power Races... the ones he had were pretty soft compound so they'd probably be fine on the street. Just keep in mind all the DOT race tires will take a little longer to heat up espiecially on the street... infact i'd be suprised if you could get enough heat in them on the street to ride them aggressively.

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Beard, im fixing to put a pilot power 2ct on the back of mine, but im also leaving the stock front on





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I had a track day take off on my bike for a while. The guy ran 2, 20 minute sessions and got a roof nail in it. I told him I'd take it. I plugged it and ran it to the cords. I never did like the way the bike handled with that rear tire. If the bike sat for a couple of weeks the tire would develop a "skin" on it that had to be re-scuffed off. That always concerned me. Never again.... not even a free one. I'd certainly never pay money for anyone's take off anything. A good street tire is soo much better!

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I had a track day take off on my bike for a while. The guy ran 2, 20 minute sessions and got a roof nail in it. I told him I'd take it. I plugged it and ran it to the cords. I never did like the way the bike handled with that rear tire. If the bike sat for a couple of weeks the tire would develop a "skin" on it that had to be re-scuffed off. That always concerned me. Never again.... not even a free one. I'd certainly never pay money for anyone's take off anything. A good street tire is soo much better!
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Well, after considering the track take off tire, I thought to myself about the fact that I ride this bike to/from work 5 days a week unless it's raining (sorry, just not that "hardcore"), so my tires are important to me. So, instead of trying out the track take off, I bought and helped (mostly observed) install a Pilot Power 2CT. For the few miles that I put on it today, it seems to be a pretty dang good tire for my use.

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Well, after considering the track take off tire, I thought to myself about the fact that I ride this bike to/from work 5 days a week unless it's raining (sorry, just not that "hardcore"), so my tires are important to me. So, instead of trying out the track take off, I bought and helped (mostly observed) install a Pilot Power 2CT. For the few miles that I put on it today, it seems to be a pretty dang good tire for my use.
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yea tires not something to take lightly, they are all that stand (roll) between tou and the road.

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