Originally Posted by hwy74
Any suggestions for the best tire set for track-day, for an '03 954. I've used stock michelins and pirelli diablos on the street, and wondering if the Dunlop 208's are a good choice, and what compound.
I'm guessing that since you are asking....it is your first track day
First off, I'd like to know how hard you ride...Do you slam the bike into corners? Do you throttle hard coming out? For me, the Diablo Corsas are a very awesome tire, but can be spun up if you hammer the throttle hard on a liter bike. I think it's always best to have a tire that will give you more grip than you may need, so tire confidence won't be much of a factor.
On the track you'll most likely be pushing harder than normal.
My favorite track tire is Dunlop's 208GP. Next is Pirelli's Supercorsa. I just tried out the new Bridgestone 002 tire for a little over half a track day at Grattan, and so far it's an awesome tire that can be had for cheap (until they figure enough people like them, then they will surely go up in price).
One more note about the Diablo Corsas....they wear really even, they are hard to shag, and they were made to run at higher pressures that most people think for optimum performance.
Be sure to always take the time to warm up all tires a couple laps before you rail on them.
Hope this helps you a little