I had a question pretty much on topic here. Maybe some of you more experienced people would help a brotha out.
I have been wanting to try a set of DOT Race tires out for some time. I am planning on buying them for the track, but may end up finishing them off on the street.
Here is the scoop. I have been a long fan of the Michelin Pilot series. (sport, power and now I have been running the power 2ct exclusively for 15 or so thousand miles)
I rarely have any grip issues with the 2ct on or off the track that isn't rider induced. be it from pushing it a little too hard cold or hammering the throttle too hard at full lean. I have (as recent as this past weekend) had the 2ct shoed r1 cranked over to where my knee was dragging and I was BEARLY sticking it out. I have 0 , none, nil chicken strips on a 190/55. No arrows or Michelin men either.
But while at the dragon I stopped by wheelers 2 years ago. he had some Pilot Race on hand. So I compared them to a 2ct. One thing that I noticed was the profile of the race was VERY round and very consistent compared to the more triangular profile of the 2ct. It just seems to me that leaning or transitioning on the race would be very consistent and very smooth. Whereas the 2ct is upright and loves to drop in. . .to the point that after about 15 degrees it feels like it is falling if you aren't carrying enough corner speed to stabilize everything with centrifugal force. I don't know if I would actually use the additional lean angle capabilities, but I sure would try. . .
However, my delima now is they changed the nomenclature on the Pilot race. It seems like the only thing I see is the compound. . .med, med sofr or soft. Are the profiles all the same just with a different compound? I would think a medium, being slightly more sticky than a 2ct would be plenty of grip. For me. Can someone educate me on this?
Another is dealing with heat cycles. . .I know this is not as bif of a factor as it used to be. But, I would like to run a set for 2 track days at the end of Sept. (2 day event) I would be running 7 20 minute sessions in the advanced group. I am at the slower side of the advanced group or the top end of most intermediate groups. (except NESBA who refuses to bump anyone up to Advanced unless they are good friends with you or some crap...anyway)
After those two days, I would like to take them off and try to get two days out of them a the forum's Jennings weekend for two more days.
Each of the days I would be keeping them hot with warmers from start to finish. So would this be in effect 4 heat cycles? WOuld I have issues out of them, assuming I didn't wear them out? I am so confused about heat cycles. . .