Best Handling/Gripping/Performing Street Tire for 2000

Chris Burgess chris at
Tue Feb 28 21:23:54 PST 2012

On the street I personally run Michelin Pilot Road 3's.  On the track I was
a Dunlop rider now a Pirelli riders.

BTW: The SC0 is only good when it is really hot out...>90F

On Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 9:22 PM, Erik Weber <yoober at> wrote:

> I agree with everything you said, but, I think this guy is a racer . . . ?
> My humble opinion is that on the street you want a performance street
> tire not a race tire because as has been mentioned you won't get
> enough heat in the race tire for it to operate the way it was
> designed. So, something like a Dunlop Qualifier (or whatever the
> latest version is) would be best. The sidewall is stiffer than a race
> tire so it won't feel all floppy when it's cold, and they warm up
> quickly. I used Qualifiers on the track on an 01 for a while and they
> worked just fine. I wouldn't have wanted to race on them, but then
> again I was pretty new to racing and usually went with the softest
> race tires available (Pirelli SC0) because I was skeert. . . The SC0
> did not inspire confidence when cold . . . And the SC Diablo sucked in
> the rain (SC Dragon was good though). D207/D208/Qualifier worked great
> in the rain for me on the street. So it's a better "universal" tire
> but still a performance tire.
> With all that said take 'er easy on the street . . . Remember, Grandma
> didn't sign a waiver . . .
> On 2/28/12, matthew patton <pattonme at> wrote:
> > Not trying to be difficult here...
> >
> > 1) if your skill is that questionable, maybe you should back off and ride
> > more conservatively?
> >
> > 2) race tires do not work well when they are cold. hot enough to ball up,
> > they are fantastic
> >
> > #2 will never happen at street speeds, even insane street speeds.
> >
> > If you think your tires are going to bail you out, I think you are badly
> > mistaken. No matter how fantastic the tire, improper braking can easily
> > cause the tire (normally front) to skid and you end up in a pile of
> debris.
> >
> > Any recent tire has loads more grip than you or I know what to do with. I
> > personally like the BT-090 which is now the stock tire on the WR250 and
> some
> > KTM motards even though technically it used to be a race tire (I used
> them
> > for 3 seasons in CCS/WERA back when). Otherwise a "supersport" tire will
> be
> > the grippiest under clean, dry conditions.
> >
> > Just mind the tire inflation pressures no matter what you're running and
> you
> > will be just fine.
> >
> > Can I recommend taking a track day or the MSF advanced rider course,
> > perhaps? That is sure to do far more for your confidence and safety than
> > some tire bling.
> >
> >

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