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New Tire Recommendations ?

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Okay, the rear MEZ3 is starting to square off despite my best efforts not to ride it to work on the freeway too much. 2200 miles and I'll be lucky to see 2500 from it.

I do a mix of commuting and twisties. A BT010 / BT020 combo would seem in order. However, I had a guy advise me not to put a BT020 on the back of the Falco because it might spin up too easy on this bike. What do you think ?

Another variable. I have my first track day coming up soon. Say I did go with a BT010/020, would they be toast after a day at the track ? If that's the case, I'll get something grippy and not worry about the mileage.

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I'd doubt that it would spin up all that easy but there are more sticky tires to be had. But you want some milage out of'em too so you need a little trade off in traction. The good thing is they are fairly predictable if you do start to 'spin it up' coming out of a corner at your track day. I did a pair of track days on a set of 56ss's and went through 75% of the side wall tread but 1% of the center tread. I then have put 3000 commuting miles on the center and a couple trips to the mountains. I now have 1% left on the sides and 30% in the middle. So, long story short, take'em to the track day and eat up the sides, then get some good commuting miles out of the middle. If the tread is REALLY gone on the sides you can still run em on the street as long as you don't try to corner too hard in the rain. The tread is really only good for rain anyway and it's easy to avoid too much lean angle on the occasion that it rains.

So don't expect to have to toss'em out just from a track day. And if you're worried about giving up too much traction do a double 010 combo.

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BTW, which track day are you doing??

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Thanks for your advice, apexismaximus.

The track day will be Keigwin's at Thunderhill, in May.

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I got around 4K out of my last set of BT-010s, and the set I have now look like they'll also reach that mark. Regardless, the improvement from the stock Metz's is HUGE: They turn better, grip better, perform better in hot and crap weather, and just plain ARE better. Don't walk, RUN to the tire dealer for some BTs.

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FWIW- I haven't used them yet, but you may want to look into the Metz sportec M-1's. I've heard some great things about them and am planning on making them my next set.

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I got around 4K out of my last set of BT-010s, and the set I have now look like they'll also reach that mark. Regardless, the improvement from the stock Metz's is HUGE: They turn better, grip better, perform better in hot and crap weather, and just plain ARE better. Don't walk, RUN to the tire dealer for some BTs.

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BT010's front and rear. Yesterday, took a nice scrub-in ride up and down Mines Rd., an excellent twisty hereabouts. They felt real stable while working on wearing down the shiny part on the sides.

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