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Slicks on the street

Has anyone used a slick on the street? If you have what is the pro, cons, or review of doing this.
What is the next best thing to a slick? who has the softest street legal tire? any and all input from riders would be great.
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Has anyone used a slick on the street? If you have what is the pro, cons, or review of doing this.

What is the next best thing to a slick? who has the softest street legal tire? any and all input from riders would be great.

Use the search function. Yes people have but it isn't the best tire for the street by any means.


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I assume by softest you mean stickiest? Dunlop GPA Pro is going to be the best if the temperature is above say 60F. I would not run a front slick on the street, but I have run them on the back, mainly because I had an FZR600 with an 18x4 inch rear wheel, and at the time there wasn't anything decent other than Metzler or Bridgestone slicks that would fit. The drawbacks is mileage obviously, and if you hit water you are in for some fun. Slicks also don't do well on sand/gravel/dirt. Neither do normal tires, but slicks are worse. Oh an slicks are not DOT certified, so they are illegal to run on the street in the USA. I assume Canada has a similar law on the books.


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I wouldn't run a slick on the street....it'll never get up to temp which means very little grip....not to mention very little mileage. As Rich said, it won't do well with sand, or water....Is it really worth the cost of replacement parts when you crash? Just get any hypersport tire and you;ll be just fine.

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Definitely a no. I made the mistake of running a Pirelli slick on the street just out of boredom in between track days. Never got to temp, and any excess of throttle would spin the rear. Dangerous as hell if you're ever put in an emergency type of situation. Stick to a hypersport like a q3, r10, supercorsas, or power pure (or whatever Michelin has now).


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Has anyone ran a dunlop d211 on the street?


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Has anyone ran a dunlop d211 on the street?
I have. When up to temp they are awesome! Mileage is not that great though. If you get the Pro's you can flip them if you have more wear on one side. I wear the left side much faster on the track and the street. If you are commuting or city riding (no hooligan style) 211's are a total waste of money, but if you are a canyon or track junkie, I don't think there is a better DOT tire out there right now.


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Has anyone ran a dunlop d211 on the street?
I did for the little I used to ride on the street...they did fine

Still suck in the wet though, damp isn't too bad

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I did for the little I used to ride on the street...they did fine

Still suck in the wet though, damp isn't too bad
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I've run multiple DOTs on the street, and they were great when hot. IMO a regular street tire gets to operating temperature faster on the street. I've watched talented (read "fast") track riders run slicks on the street and complain they couldn't keep them hot enough to really stick.


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I would trust a DOT before a slick though, no? Yes, same compound, but aat least you have sipes for the imperfections of the asphalt/sand/rocks....

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I would trust a DOT before a slick though, no? Yes, same compound, but aat least you have sipes for the imperfections of the asphalt/sand/rocks....
Oh yeah, definitely. But heck, even on a track with warmers I run my first lap (most of the time) focused on hard acceleration and deceleration with moderate corner entrance and exit speeds. So when I run the DOTs on the street I give the the same basic treatment, within reason, and then once I've gotten them hot and sticky I won't stop for more than a few short minutes. Too much hassle, but it does keep them working well. I'd rather just run the street tires and not push.


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Pirelli dragon supercorsa suberbike sc2 slicks front and rear. Lol

I'm going to run them till the dot is completely gone.(on the street)

Not enough meat for a track day but plenty for the street.
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Pirelli dragon supercorsa suberbike sc2 slicks front and rear. Lol

I'm going to run them till the dot is completely gone.(on the street)

Not enough meat for a track day but plenty for the street.
Why wouldn't you run them on the track until lunch or something?

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I've never ran slicks on the street, but I have run many sets of DOT race take offs on the street. Never had any problems with them as of yet. But, this is pretty spirited riding too.

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Old thread not worth starting a new one thowe but I call pure bs on the no slick on streets thing yea I could see if your a casual rider with a few fast pace runs during your ride then theirs no point I since made the switch from Pirelli sp v2 to the sc2 slicks and I will never go back to a tire designed for street corners where the sp's where stepping out the sc2 is just planted waaaay!!! Faster corner speeds even not up to full temp the slick gives you more grip than a street tire up to temp period.only thing il agree with is does take longer to warm up and you have to keep up a fast pace so unless your willing to break a massive amount of traffic laws and risk losing your license if your the type to pull over!!! Then don't do it
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