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For some unknown reason, I've never done a track day.
Been riding all my life, had the third 1986 GSXR 750 to ever hit Houston.
I have a 2007 gsxr1000 and will use it for my first track day.

It's body works are getting replaced any way pretty soon, so not too worried.

I have a basically new set of 016's Bridgestone tire set 120 fr 190 rr. These were purchased, not stock on bike.

I have a sneaking suspicion I will push pretty good once released, though I'm not trying to be a prodigy.
My nature is to push pretty good.
Would it be fine to run these tires, or do you recommend something more suited.
I just don't want to walk away thinking my result would have been better on a different set of tires.

Thanks for your time.
 

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I'm no expert, but I doubt on your first track day the tyres will make much difference as long as you have something decent. I did a track session earlier in the year and they were using BT touring tyres on the loan bikes, I still managed to scrape my knee and the footpegs a few times without any problems.
 

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Im going to the Circuit of the Americas on th 27th Nov.
That track surface might hook up really good.
The weather will make a difference I'm sure.
Might be on the cold side.
 

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You should be fine on the BT - 016s especially for your first track day. It would be very tough for someone with zero track experience to out ride it.
 

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Im sure they would be fine..but mount and balanced you could get a set of Q3s for around 250....which you know will work. Up to you if you want to spend the money and know youre going to hook and have a good set of tires...or wing it and hope for the best.
 

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Thanks for the replies. Always nice to get some feed back.
Im working Thanksgiving, Christmas both days and New Years Eve both days.
so I guess it's a present to myself
 

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First track day, the first surprise will be how frkkn fast people are going. You may think you push on the street. The track is fasttttttttt.

Hook up with an instructor for the first couple sessions, you won't regret it.
 

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I've been asking this very question for a while now, getting a lot of good feedback from local track day warriors.

General thought is, any sport bike tire will be sufficient for your first couple track days. You'll be learning the track: brake points, apex, getting comfortable on the bike, suspension adjustments, etc..

I just bought a set of Bridgestone S21 for my bike. I'm planning on splurging on some nice Supercorsas once these wear out.
 

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I just bought a set of Bridgestone S21 for my bike. I'm planning on splurging on some nice Supercorsas once these wear out.
S21s are SUPERB on the track mate (at least for my level) - I have them on a K6 1000 and they grip easily as well as Rosso Corsas, but they are also great in the wet. Best all-round tyre I've ridden. I actually had T30 EVO on my 600 previously and they do well too. Ron Haslam's race school had them on their school bikes.

I wouldn't go as far as to say that any tyre will do though - I did my first track day on Maxxis Super Maxx, which are supposed to be OK... they were not OK. They gave me a couple of scares and after that I was too afraid to push again, ruined my day and confidence for a while. If you have to ride on shit tyres, you really need to get the pressures right and let the rubber warm up well.
 

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S21s are SUPERB on the track mate (at least for my level) - I have them on a K6 1000 and they grip easily as well as Rosso Corsas, but they are also great in the wet. Best all-round tyre I've ridden. I actually had T30 EVO on my 600 previously and they do well too. Ron Haslam's race school had them on their school bikes.

I wouldn't go as far as to say that any tyre will do though - I did my first track day on Maxxis Super Maxx, which are supposed to be OK... they were not OK. They gave me a couple of scares and after that I was too afraid to push again, ruined my day and confidence for a while. If you have to ride on shit tyres, you really need to get the pressures right and let the rubber warm up well.
Actually, the place I had ordered from didn't have them in stock so they refunded my order.

I found a set of 120/70 and 180/60 Pirelli Supercorsa SP V2 for $306 shipped so I picked up a set of those :thumbup
 

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Bargain! I heard from a fella in Canada that hegot a pair of S21s when they were first released for $200 Canadian... You guys get good deals there. I started buying track tyres part worn from ebay - they do me for a few track days and cost 1/4 of new.
 

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First track day, run what you brung....you will air them down regardless and I am SURE that they will hold YOUR pace. I see guys on old honda 160's with moped tires that probably run a faster lap than you could, being your first track day. Tires aren't your concern but trying to relax is, remember have fun and try to enjoy it, the speed will come.
 

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I heard trackdays at that track are expensive and the will charge you for things like gouges if you fall. Anyways have fun at that World Class track, I will make it there someday when I have enough extra time and extra monies. It's just Thill Infinion and Laguna for me.
 
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